London’s Best Floral Food & Drink For Chelsea Flower Show
Nothing announces the advent of summer like the Chelsea Flower Show – beautiful gardens in the sun, awards, displays, and pastel outfits as far as the eye can see. But if you can’t get down to visit the bouquets and blooms, there are still delicious ways to celebrate – just like this guy.
Dessert and cocktails at Harry’s Dolce Vita
Along with a special floral installation in place for Chelsea in Bloom, Knightsbridge’s Harry’s Dolce Vita has a themed dessert (with a hint of Britney about it) – Oops I Dropped the Cornetto is made with lemon-infused gelato Fior di Latte, served with a wafer cone dipped in chocolate and hazelnuts and ‘dropped’ on a chocolate and pistachio soil with edible flowers. Floral cocktails on offer include Sgroppino, made with Prosecco and limoncello blended with lemon and lime sorbet.
Harry’s Dolce Vita, 27–31 Basil Street, SW3 1BB
Wright Brothers x St Germain floral takeover
Wright Brothers Battersea have teamed up with elderflower liqueur specialists St Germain to create two limited edition cocktails. The Madame St Germain, designed for sharing, contains St Germain, Prosecco and soda water, served with a lemon wedge. Garnished with viola flowers, the Elderflower Harvest is made with St Germain, Bombay Sapphire gin, Tio Pepe en rama, and Peychaud bitters. The restaurant will also have a floral installation, complete with a swing. No, you’re overexcited.
Wright Brothers Battersea, 26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8NN
Image credit: Paula Beetlestone
Balthazar x FLOWERBX afternoon tea
The only thing more British than the Chelsea Flower Show is afternoon tea, and Balthazar knows how to do those properly. They’ve collaborated with high-end florist FLOWERBX to create a floral-inspired cake menu including apple and blackberry tulip, salted caramel anenome, lemon and blueberry dahlia and Balthazar raspberry rose.
Balthazar, 4–6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ
Floral cocktails at Zetter Townhouse
Clerkenwell’s Zetter Townhouse has an outdoor installation and a menu of flower-inspired cocktails to mark the occasion, including the Flower Seller – Beefeater gin, flower market aromatics, apple acid and soda. The Jasmine Gimlet is made with gin and jasmine tea cordial, and the citrusy Lime Blossom Fizz contains lime flower and ambrette gin, lemon juice, sugar and Prosecco.
Zetter Townhouse, 49–50 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ
Installation and pop-up shop at Bourne & Hollingsworth
Both locations of Bourne & Hollingsworth have been transformed for the show, with London florist Designed by Nature creating bright block-colour installations. They’ll also be running a pop-up flower shop, so once you’ve popped in to B&H for a botanical cocktail or two, you can pick up a bouquet or a plant to take home.
Bourne & Hollingsworth, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU; 28 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JF
Floral flavours at Gelupo
If you’re in the market for a quick treat, Soho’s artisan gelateria has a collection of floral-inspired flavours in interesting combinations. We’ve got our eye on the custard, lemon cake and hibiscus, but you can also try strawberry and rose pepper and avocado sorbet. It is summer, after all.
Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU
Aqua shard’s dessert and cocktail
Celebrate the show from the sky with aqua shard’s special menu – the dessert includes strawberry parfait with a tempered white chocolate base, lime and elderflower cheesecake cream, and burnt butter and almond crumble, served with berries and elderflower. The themed cocktail is made with Tanqueray gin infused with lotus leaf & elderflower, blue cornflower, lavender, egg white and elderflower tincture.
Aqua shard, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
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