Haven’t managed to secure tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – aka the gardening event of the year, which this year runs from Tuesday 19-Saturday 23 May? Here’s our pick of the places where you can celebrate the world famous flower show…
1. Cafe Royal Hotel
Between 11-24 May, Hotel Cafe Royal will be serving exclusive menus to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show. The Ten Room restaurant is showcasing a Chelsea Flower Show menu du jour including dishes such as Tartar of Angus beef, cocoa marshmallows, pansies and red onion jelly, Cutlet of cherry tree farm pork, smoked belly, apple hibiscus and black pudding and a twist on Strawberry cheesecake and lemon and saffron sponge, vanilla and passionflower ice cream. The prestigious Oscar Wilde Bar’s afternoon tea menu will include cakes and pastries inspired by the event, such as Hibiscus and fruit macaroon, Rose 'Regent' or a seasonal flower pot.
68 Regent Street, W1
2. Coq D’Argent
From 1 May until 14 June, Coq D’Argent will be collaborating with iconic florists McQueens Florist to create unique terrarium installations based on the Coq d’Argent rooftop garden designs of award-winning Chelsea Flower Show designer, Arabella Lennox-Boyd. The installations will use multiple terrariums to present a variety of miniature versions of the restaurant’s garden, creating imaginary scenes using human figurines, fake food and decorations. Photography lovers will also be welcomed to submit their photos of Coq d’Argent’s terrariums for a chance to win Saturday Brunch for two and a McQueen’s mini terrarium jar to decorate themselves. The terrariums will coincide with an exquisite flower-inspired menu created by head chef Damien Rigollet, including Dry-aged rump of beef, fondant potato, carrot and liquorice purée, watercress, thyme sauce, garnished with daisy flowers and Baked Poitou goats’ cheese salad, with hazelnuts, heritage beetroot, honey and truffles served with edible pansies and micro pea shoots.
The Poultry, 1 Poultry, EC2
3. Ice and Slice
To celebrate this years Chelsea Flower Show, Ice & Slice by Shot in Fulham will be creating some special floral themed gelato flavours: think Violet rose, elderflower and lavender. The unique gelato will also feature toppings including edible flowers and fresh fruit to turn your delicious ice cream into an edible garden of delights. Ice & Slice is the second project from the tteam behind Shot Espresso, which is located directly opposite the new venue, a stone’s throw from Fulham Broadway. Gelato is made daily on the premises and comes in a variety of both classic and quirky flavours with everything from Salted caramel, tiramisu and mixed berries to Crunchy corn flakes.
24 Jerdan Place, SW6
4. Yashin Ocean House
Based in South Kensington, Japanese restaurant Yashin Ocean House will be serving a selection of creative dishes and cocktails inspired by Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy their Vegetable Garden Tempura or Tuna with truffle infused ponzu jelly decorated with fresh flowers. At the bar, Yashin has created innovative, fresh and herbal cocktails including the Dry Yashitini – sake, gin and vodka mixed with grapes, cucumber and a scent of grapefruit - and Shiso Julep (Gin, dry vermouth mixed with shiso, lime and coriander bitter, topped up with tonic water).
117 - 119 Old Brompton Road, SW7
Contemporary Indian restaurant, Zaika of Kensington, will be serving floral-inspired Rose Petal Martinis to mark this year’s Chelsea Flower Show celebrations. The specially created cocktail comprises of a double measure of citrus vodka, lychee juice, rose syrup and a dash of lime. Just a short distance from the show, this is the ideal destination to relax over a few cocktails before or after your trip.
1 Kensington High Street, W8