Where To Eat and Drink During Chelsea Flower Show
Flowers don’t just inspire gardeners and florists, but chefs and mixologists too. As Chelsea Flower Show kicks off next week (24 – 28 May), we round up the best places in London for a floral feast – think botanical-inspired cocktails, colourful installations and summertime dishes.
Where to Eat and Drink During Chelsea Flower Show
Ayllu is positioned in a quiet canal-side setting, just tucked away from bustling Paddington. Here you can enjoy contemporary Peruvian and Japanese fusion dishes amongst colourful and characterful interiors and plentiful impressive flower arrangements. Head here during the Chelsea Flower Show and try out their special limited dish, inspired by the iconic event itself – a Tiger Prawn ceviche garnished with hibiscus flower, mango and avocado. ayllu.co.uk
A neighbourhood stalwart, Daphne’s has been on the Chelsea scene for over 55 years now. With its marble-topped bar and Venetian glass chandeliers, the restaurant has always been a beautiful spot – but even more so during Chelsea Flower Show. This year its al fresco terrace is being adorned with 1,000 hand-crafted butterflies, featuring bursts of summer colours like blues, yellows and oranges. Amid this botanical oasis, guests will be able to enjoy special themed dishes, such as zucchini flowers with buffalo mozzarella; tuna tartare with avocado, fennel and flower shoots; and a raspberry Zabaglione with elderflower blossom. There’s also a special cocktail menu created in collaboration with Malfy Gin, designed to bring a taste of la dolce vita to south-west London. daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
With its flower-bedecked facade and glorious outdoor area, The Ivy Chelsea Garden fits in perfectly with the flower show aesthetic. It always pulls out all the stops for its themed installation, and this year is no different, with the restaurant’s façade set to be adorned with woodland creatures, embellished with oversized florals in blue, yellow and pink hues. Once inside, guests will be treated to specially created cocktails made in collaboration with Italicus and Lillet, such as the Garden Party: a blend of Lillet Blanc, Absolut Elyc Vodka, sugar syrup and lime juice. theivychelseagarden.com
No. Fifty Cheyne
Riverside spot No. Fifty Cheyne has joined forces with fashion brand RIXO and French wine-based aperitif Lillet on its Chelsea Flower Show offering. There will be a bespoke selection of ‘RIXO’ cocktails available throughout the week, alongside a special menu featuring light and fresh English favourites such as oysters with Cabaret vinegar granita; spider crab gazpacho with English asparagus; and a strawberry and champagne soufflé. fiftycheyne.com
The Gladwin Brothers’ Chelsea outpost, Rabbit is all about wild food, so it fits in well with Chelsea Flower Show’s 2022 theme. This year the restaurant has partnered with King’s Road florist Maison Maioli on a Peter Rabbit-inspired floral façade which incorporates both wild and dried British flowers including miscanthus, craspedia, gypsophila and lagurus ovatus. In line with the restaurant’s eco-minded ethos, all foliage utilised in the design will either be dried or preserved and repurposed. Alongside this, diners can enjoy a Peter Rabbit set menu, featuring four courses and a floral-inspired cocktail, with dishes including pea tartare, tempura courgette flower, and pork tenderloin with rainbow cauliflower. rabbit-restaurant.com
French-British brasserie Langan’s reopened recently following a significant overhaul under the helm of restaurateurs Graziano Arricale and James Hitchen. This month, it’s celebrating Chelsea Flower Show with a selection of floral specials. Highlights include The Mayfair Garden cocktail, a colourful mix of Roku gin, St Germaine, heather, roses, hibiscus and violettes, alongside a fried courgette flowers dish, stuffed with ricotta and mascarpone and drizzled with truffle honey. langansbrasserie.com
Belgravia dining room Ganymede – named after the largest moon of Jupiter – is a luxurious twist on the classic British pub. During Chelsea Flower Show, diners can enjoy a special themed set menu, which will change daily according to the best ingredients available. Think Marinda tomato salad with mozzarella, pan-fried salmon with wild garlic velouté and buttery potatoes, and tagliatelle with truffled mushroom ragu – paired perfectly with a crisp glass of rosé. ganymedelondon.co.uk
Recently opened on Sydney Street, Stanley’s is the first restaurant venture from 27-year-old Hugh Stanley, the nephew of the Earl of Derby. One of the big draws of Stanley’s is its olive-tree bedecked, flower-festooned courtyard – the ideal setting for a bite to eat after browsing the flower show. Chef Olivia Burt heads up the kitchen, who, at just 25, has worked at Claridge’s and appeared on Masterchef: The Professionals. stanleyschelsea.co.uk
Featured image: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
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