The Chelsea Flower Show is one of London’s most popular seasonal events and attracts visitors from all over the world. Some local restaurants celebrate the Flower Show’s arrival by featuring edible flowers on their menus and in cocktails. Following is a guide to where visitors can find floral cocktails, flowery afternoon teas and edible flowers at lunch and dinner.
Flowery Cocktails at Bars and Restaurants in London
The official cocktail of the Chelsea Flower Show can be found at Pearl Restaurant in Holborn. The Royal Horticultural Society invited Pearl’s mixologists to concoct the official cocktail for the second year in a row. This year’s version is made with gin, rose champagne, orange bitters, lychee liqueur and cranberry juice and is garnished with a Singapore Orchid. The £13.75 cocktail is available until the end of June. Pearl, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1.
The aptly named, The Botanist, in Sloane Square, features several signature cocktails with flower essence. The Jasmin Blossom has homemade Jasmin syrup and justfordamesmagazine fresh mandarin shaken with vodka and topped with champagne. The Lavender Luxe contains fresh lavender and the Elderflower Royale features gin infused with orange flower and elderflower liqueur. The Botanist, 7-12 Sloane Gardens, London, SW1.
In nearby Pimlico, The Ebury is offering the Rose Petal Martini made from rose petal liqueur and Hendricks Gin served in a chilled martini glass and garnished with a fragrant rose petal. The Ebury, 11 Pimlico Road, London, SW1.
Up on the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols, visitors can indulge in the Botanical Flight, served in honor of the Chelsea Flower Show. Miniature versions of The Fifth Floor Bar’s classic botanical drinks are served on a tray with fresh flowers for £19.95 until the end of May. Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1.
The St James’s Hotel near Green Park has created a special Chelsea Flower Show cocktail menu with drinks that include Jasmine Buttercup, Queen of Lilac and Lavender Crush. St James’s Hotel, 7-8 Park Place, London SW1.
Floral Afternoon Teas in London During Chelsea Flower Show
The Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols is serving a flowery afternoon tea which includes a Chelsea rose cocktail, lavender cupcakes, hibiscus financiers and homemade violet and strawberry jam, all accompanied by rose petal and vanilla tea. This special afternoon tea, which costs £24.50 per person, is available until the end of May.
Portrait, the restaurant on the third floor of the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, is celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show until mid-June with a floral tea that includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne with a cup of tea or coffee and floral treats that include elderflower and champagne crème brule and strawberry lime pavlova. The tea costs £22.50 and is served daily from 3:30-5:00pm. The National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2.
A Floral Champagne Afternoon Tea takes place at The Dorchester twice daily at 2:30 and 4:45pm from May 24 – May 30. In the Promenade Restaurant, which has been decorated with flowers, guests will be served floral pastries, champagne and, of course, tea for £44 per person. The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1.,
Claridge’s in Mayfair also has a Floral Champagne Afternoon Tea from May 22 – May 31 which includes floral pastries and champagne in addition to the usual selection of finger sandwiches and scones for £45 per person. Claridge’s, 43 Brook Street, London, W1.
Another floral treat can be found just around the corner from the grounds at the Royal Hospital at the exotic chocolate shop, L’Artisan du Chocolat. The chocolatier has launched a limited edition orange blossom and orchid chocolate bar just in time to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show. L’Artisan du Chocolat, 89 Lower Sloane Street, London, SW1.
Edible Flowers on London Restaurant Menus During Chelsea Flower Show
Daphne’s, the smart London restaurant popular with the Ladies who Lunch crowd, is celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show with a special menu that features foccacia with mozzarella and courgette flower and pan fried chicken with violet artichokes. The two-course menu costs £22.50 and three courses is £26.50 from May 25-29. Daphne’s, 112 Draycott Avenue, London SW3.
An exotic Garden Menu has been specially created at The Cinnamon Club from May 17-31. The vegetarian tasting menu costs £60 per person and starts with a hibiscus Bellini and includes a tomato and basil shorba with chicory and rocket flower, grilled asparagus with a yogurt and chive flower kebab, and crisp zucchini flower with spring vegetables. The Cinnamon Club, 30 Great Smith Street, London SW1.
The Flower Menu at the Ritz Restaurant in Mayfair features edible flowering plants for flavour and decoration from May 24-30. Flowery offerings include a stuffed courgette flower with Dublin Bay prawns and Jasmine-scented jus, and for dessert hibiscus scented Guanaja Chocolate Fondant. The lunch: menu du jour costs £39 and the three-course dinner is available for £48 and four courses at £65.00. The Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly, London, W1.