As The Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show returns to Chelsea Hospital for its ninth year on 22-15 May, a roster of the city’s best bars and restaurants are showcasing floral inspired feasts in celebration. From bespoke botanical cocktails to desserts peppered with edible flowers, read on to discover tasty offerings guaranteed to delight London’s green-fingered residents. >>
Spend an afternoon at Royal Lancaster London pouring over a beautifully botanical selection of sweet and savoury delicacies including strawberry tart, valhrona chocolate flower pots with budding crystallised violets and an orange blossom and ginger macaron. Those seeking an alternative twist on the British tradition can enjoy intricate home-smoked salmon roses and a sunflower-seed choux bun filled with zesty coronation chicken.
2 May - 30 June
Partnering with renowned fragrance maven Jo Malone London, the GNH Bar at the Great Northern Hotel is offering discerning guests a bespoke cocktail menu inspired by Malone's Spring fragrance launch Blossom Girls and Hot Blossoms. Not-to-be-missed beverages on the bill include a cocktail blended with Bergamot Cordial, Campari infused with roses, Cardamom Gin, orange bitters inspired by the new Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne, and Jasmine tea infused with mint, white rum, lime and sparkling wine inspired by the Cattleya Flower Body Mist. Cheers.
To the backdrop of fresh floral decorations and a stunning archway of peonies installed by London-based florist FloJo Flowers, Tom’s Kitchen is presenting specially-prepared floral additions to its menu including cured and confit salmon, roast cod, cous cous, chorizo, and nasturtium flowers and leaves. To whet your whistle, the bar team have also curated a lemon and elderflower cocktail guaranteed to ignite summer spirit.
Baglioni Hotel London has joined forces with luxury fragrance house Acqua di Parma to create a unique Afternoon Tea inspired by the brand's fresh, citrus-based Colonia and its complex bouquet. Guests can enjoy colourful, sweet treats including colonia lemon cake and floral verbena and lime zest panna cotta with rose coulis, while also taking home a luxury sample of Colonia.
Available until July
Combining sartorial must-haves with savoury delights, Burberry’s flagship restaurant Thomas’s Café makes the perfect pitstop to recharge your batteries after purchasing your newest hero accessory. In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show, the restaurant is laying on a special spread serving up colourful mains including Cornish wild brill or Isle of Wight tomato and basil tart, brought to life by edible flowers in honour of the show. For dessert, there’s a show-stopping ice bowl filled with elderflower sorbet, and rose ice cream topped with shortbread and lemon curd.
21 - 26 May
Paying homage to all things botanical, Sumosan Twiga’s executive chef Bubker Belkhit has curated a selection of dishes that provide a sensory explosion for both the eyes and taste buds. The menu’s stand-out offering, inspired by the classical gardens of ancient Kyoto, features a bed of quinoa, harumaki cones filled with salmon, Hamachi and tuna tartar and purple Shiso – all set with edible flowers of course.
Head chef Steve Groves has curated a floral inspired four-course menu combining traditional cookery with modern passion and flair. Highlights include sicilian prawns with nasturtium flowers, and fermented chilli and sea trout, caviar beurre blanc, cucumber flowers and dill and white chocolate, pistachio and elderflower for dessert.