You know summer is on its way when the Chelsea Flower Show springs into life. Taking place from today (Tuesday 23) until Saturday 27 May, it’s one of the prettiest, most Instagram-friendly shows of the year. As always, London’s restaurants and bars are getting in on the action, with plenty of flowery fare to keep your eyes entertained and your stomach full. We’ve rounded up our favourite floral fancies below.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair
What: Say aloe to this floral-inspired lunch menu in Mayfair. Highlights of the three-course offering include the 'flowering vegetable garden’ served with fresh herbs, and an intricate pistachio and strawberry field dessert (pictured).
Where: The Dorchester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA
How much: £65 for three courses and two glasses of wine
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
What: For a blooming lovely dessert, take a trip to Aqua in the Shard. Here you’ll find an oh-so-pretty mousse with vanilla brûlée, almond sponge, olive oil and violet powder. Made with summer berries and edible violet flowers, it’s available until 28 May.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: Violet and summer berry mousse, £9
The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
What: Vivek Singh’s flagship has transformed its dining room into a garden filled with orchids and wild flowers. There’s also a floral-inspired five-course tasting menu, and flowery cocktails, including For Bee’s Sake: pisco, lemon, honey, camomile, turmeric and apple (pictured).
Where: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
How much: Tasting menu, £48
What: Abdul Yaseen’s City Indian has a home-grown cocktail to impress flower fans. The purple-tinged Lotus mixes lotus-infused rum with Hibiscus syrup and lime, and comes with a floral garnish swimming in it.
Where: 1 Snowden Street, EC2A 2DQ
How much: £10.50
The Den, Covent Garden
What: The Den is getting in on the action with a botanical-inspired afternoon tea, available for one week only. This take on a classic high tea features botanical flavours such as rose blossom and hibiscus, and includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
Where: St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX
How much: Afternoon tea, £40
Il Convivio, Belgravia
What: This modern Italian comes up smelling of roses with its dedicated Chelsea Flower Show menu. Diners can choose from the likes of roasted pork fillet wrapped in pork cheek and glazed with a fennel purée, and pudding of elderflower sorbet.
Where: 143 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QN
How much: Two courses £23.50, three courses £29
Maggie Jones’s, Kensington
What: This old-school watering hole has added some floral cocktails to its menu for the month of May. Imbibers have a choice of three sips; The Wild Rose mixing lemonade and pink gin (pictured), The Elderflower Pimm’s and a Bellini blending elderflower with fizz.
Where: 6 Old Court Place, W8 4PL
How much: The Wild Rose, £12
Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
What: This branch of Maze Grill has a special floral-heavy menu, including teriyaki-glazed salmon with grilled bok choi. The flower aspect really comes into its own with the desserts, including strawberry and elderflower Eton mess, and doughnuts filled with rose petal jam (pictured).
Where: 79 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HN
How much: Three courses, £30
Rivea London at Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge
What: We’ll never say no to a floral-inspired dessert. We particularly like the look of this Berry Planter pudding at Rivea London, made from white chocolate and secreting a red berry sponge topped with a light cheesecake-style mousse and a sprinkling of fresh berries.
Where: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
How much: Berry Planter pudding, £8
Tom’s Kitchen, Chelsea
What: Tom’s Kitchen is serving up a bouquet of floral dishes for the occasion. Diners can tuck into the likes of cod with apricot, rose and saffron, and courgette and pistachio risotto. Round things off with an elderflower and lavender panna cotta (pictured).
Where: 27 Cale Street, SW3 3QP
How much: Panna cotta, £8
Can’t get enough of the Chelsea action? Check out our recently published guide to the area here.
This article was published 23 May 2017