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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.