Tag: Chelsea Flower Show

We're missing the summer flowers! It feels like under this snow we'll never see them again! Luckily the shops are in our favour and we can grab some blooms for indoors. A bouquet of roses, tulips are all about at the moment and if the snow has dampened your daffs luckily they are only a couple of pounds a pop in Asda at the moment!

If you're looking for something a little different to brighten up your home it might be worth having a look at a new trendy alternative - foliage.

There are a huge selection of leaves on offer at florists originally intended to act as backing for a wide range of blooms however we suggest you look at the leaf as the center point of your bouquet.

It's a little cheaper, it will last longer and you can brighten up your home with some spring summer green.

This bouquet pictured has been put together by floral specialists Hayford & Rhodes and includes Salal, Berried Ivy, White Leaf, Senecio, Eucalyptus and Mind-Your-Own-Business Pot plants attached to sticks.

 

D&D London will be celebrating the arrival of spring with a range of floral inspired menus, cocktails and art installations. A feast for all the senses, the #BlossomCity initiative will showcase the vibrant colours and flavours of the new season with a number of D&D Londons’s restaurants taking part to offer a number of stunning dishes and drinks inspired by nature.unnamed

Coq D’Argent

From 1st May until 14th June, Coq D’Argent will be collaborating with iconicflorists 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. Using props originally used for train modelling, the terrariums will seek to reflect Coq d’Argent life from weddings and private parties to kitchen service and everyday operation, all on a minute scale.

The terrariums will coincide with an exquisite flower-inspired menu created byhead chef Damien Rigollet. Dishes will include a baked Poitou goat’s cheese with rose petals, heritage beetroot, honey and truffles, and lavender and honey slow cooked lamb shank with pomme purée with spring onion.

A striking dessert, served in a terrarium, will also be on the menu and made with coffee biscuit, mousse, sorbet, crumble, fudge with lavender and micro honey cress. In addition to the floral menu, Damien has created a truly unique Granny Smith Apple parfait dessert, which is presented as an exact replica of an apple. Once cut open, however, it reveals a soft parfait center which strikes the perfect balance between sharp and sweet.

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 aMcQueen’s mini terrarium jar to decorate themselves.

To enter, guests must Tweet @coqdargent1 and @mcqueensflowers with their image and the hastag #BlossomCity. Whichever entrant receives the most re-tweets will win.

The Poultry, 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
020 7395 5000

Plateau

Over in Canary Wharf, Plateau will be collaborating with Castle Fine Art to present a series of original floral artworks by artists Nel Whatmore, Julia Ogden and Kelly Jane. The art will be exhibited from 1st - 31st May, during which time Plateau’s talented bar team will serve four creative cocktails inspired by the works:

Reasons to Be (Cucumber slice, Elderflower, Tanqueray gin, Lychee juice, Rocket leaves and Blue curacao). This cocktail was inspired by former Chelsea Flower Show award winner, Nel Whatmore’s poetry collection of the samename Coquelicot Song (vodka infused poppy candy, lemon juice and egg white). Referring to the poppy flower in French, and inspired by Julia Ogden’s artworks, assistant bar manager Arnaud Guilbert felt a sense of nostalgia whilst studying her work, with memories of eating ‘bonbons aux coquelicots’ (classic French sweets flavoured with poppy) from Nemours in France as a child. This led him to infuse the vodka with the sweets and create the unique tasting Coquelicot Song.unnamed-1

Asian Trip (Vodka, Lychee liquor, Violette syrup and champagne and Rosemary Martin). This cocktail is inspired by both Kelly Jane and also Claude Monet’s most famous work ‘The Water Lilies’. Unable to use a real water lily flower, Arnaud has created his own for the cocktail using mint leaves and lychee fruit.

In addition to the artworks, Plateau will also be adding herbal plants to the restaurant terrace which Arnaud will use in their own house-infused gin, and for cocktail decoration and flavouring, such as in the Rosemary Martini (Tanqueray gin infused with rosemary, basil, vanilla syrup, lime juice, apple juice, pineapple juice, salt and pepper).

4th Floor, Canada Place, Canary Wharf Group, Canada Square, London E14 5ER
020 7715 7100

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In Bank, the Royal Exchange Grand Café will be bringing the outdoors in, with astunning floral installation and living trees throughout the courtyard. From 5th – 29th May (excluding weekends and bank holidays) Sauterelle will be serving a special floral inspired menu, with edible flowers such as orchids and violets provided by florist, Pinstripes and Peonies, while the bar team have created a selection of floral cocktails.


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Old Bengal Warehouse

At Old Bengal Warehouse, Liverpool Street, floral drinks are the order of the day during the month of May for the #BlossomCity initiative. Old Bengal Bar’s mixologists have created three floral cocktails; the Violeta (gin, fresh lemon, maraschino liqueur, violet liqueur), the Hibiscus Royal (Prosecco, hibiscus syrup, hibiscus flower) and the classic Elderflower Collins (vodka, St Germain liqueur, lemon juice and soda).

At Fish Market diners will be offered the stunning floral English wine: Bacchus Dry, Camel Valley, Cornwall, UK 2013, described as very quintessential English glass, perfect with seafood. New Street Grill will be offering two spectacular floral wines; Koshu, Marufuji Winery ‘Rubaiyat’, Yamanashi, Japan 2012 and Lugana I Frati, Ca Dei Frati 2013. All three wines are also available to purchase at New Street Wine Shop.

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In Honour of Chelsea Flower show Addison Lee is offering anyone named after a flower - whether first or last name - a free ride today.

So anyone called Poppy, Daisy, Rose etc you might want to give Addison Lee a call if you are going to or from the Chelsea Flower Show.

So if you qualify head to @AddisonLeeCabs on Twitter and tweet a request for a free car.

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Discover your green fingers with the new Cocktail Gardener Masterclasses this Spring at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, Knightsbridge.

In partnership with Lottie Muir, The Cocktail Gardener, the iconic London restaurant is offering patrons the chance to step behind the hallowed bar and create a floral delight using freshly picked exotic ingredients such as raspberry shrub, geranium leaves, honeysuckle syrup and fennel fronds.

Guests will enjoy one of Lottie’s unique cocktail creations on arrival before learning how to best blend floral flavours with favourite spirits, and add the finishing touches with garnishes to delight your tastebuds.

Lottie Muir, The Cocktail Gardener, says: “I am excited to be hosting these classes at The Rib Room Bar. The ingredients on show provide guests with beautiful natural options they can grow or forage to infuse and garnish their own cocktail creations.”

Michele Caggianese, Manager at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, says: “We’re delighted to be able to bring a splash of Spring colour in to the bar. Lottie’s unique ability to forage for ingredients, coupled with our selection of delicious spirits, creates beautiful drinks which are both refreshing and visually appealing.”

The Cocktail Gardener Masterclasses will be held from 3pm on Saturday 24 and 31 May, 7 and 14 June at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant.

The class costs £29 per person including three cocktails and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Bookings are essential; advance payment required to guarantee your place.

To reserve your place on a Cocktail Gardener Masterclass, visit theribroom.co.uk or call 020 7858 7250.

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To celebrate Champagne Laurent-Perrier’s Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, the Blue Bar at The Berkeley London has developed an exclusive layered cocktail that captures the lightness, freshness and elegance of Laurent-Perrier’s Cuvée Rosé. The serve embraces the flavours of nature with a floral twist in honour of this year’s Italian garden designer Luciano Giubbieli.

Encapsulated within the glass is the essence of Luciano’s textured garden. Smooth Boulard Grand Solage Calvados is layered with rose liquor, Herring Cherry Liquor and a dash of Orange Bitter. Topped with the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, this elegant cocktail is finished with a layer of honey and a spray of homemade perfume consisting of Penny Royal, Orange Blossom, Violette Liquor and Rose Water.

Secret Garden

150ml Laurent-Perrier Rosé

10 ml Boulard Grand Solage Calvados

10 ml Rose liquor

10 ml Heering Cherry liquor

2 dashes Orange bitters

Spoon of Honey

A spray of atomized homemade perfume to finish the drink (Pennyroyal, Orange Blossom, Rose water and Violette liquor). Garnish with a fresh cherry.

The 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 21-24 May 2014.

The Secret Garden cocktail will be available from 1 May to 31 June.

For reservations please call The Berkeley on 020 7235 6000

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL