Celebrate Chelsea Flower Show at these floral restaurants and cafés
The Chelsea Flower Show is back at Royal Hospital Chelsea, from 21-25 May. The annual Royal Horticultural Society event has grown from a three-day show in 1862 to a five-day extravaganza across 23 acres. Missed out on tickets? Don’t panic. Sarah Riches has scoured London for restaurants, cafés and bars that bloom with flowers.
The Botanist, Chelsea
This Sloane Square restaurant is the obvious place to start, especially as it’s close to the flower show. It has faux blooms, illustrations of plants, tea with chamomile flowers, and even an elderflower cocktail called Gin Save the Queen.
7 Sloane Sq, SW1W 8EE
Saint Aymes, Marble Arch
The window of Saint Aymes, a two-storey café north of Hyde Park, is framed with pink petals, while the interior bursts with peonies. This month, its afternoon tea features floral teas and cakes in a nod to the Chelsea Flower Show. I tried the Phoenix tea, made with golden safflowers, then Unicorn Tears, which is made with organic butterfly pea flowers that changed from blue to purple when I added lemon juice – brilliant!
59 Connaught St, W2 2BB
The Quince Tree Café, Little Venice
Dine among beautiful blooms at this serene spot in Clifton Nurseries, not far from Warwick Avenue Tube.
5a Clifton Villas, W9 2PH
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
This restaurant and café is quite a long way from the centre of London, but it’s definitely worth the journey. You sit on antique furniture on an earth floor, inside a glasshouse that drips with vines.
Church Lane, Off Petersham Rd, TW10 7AB
Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
This central London offshoot of the Richmond original celebrates its first birthday in May 2019, so this blooming beauty is a good choice for Chelsea Flower Show weekend. It’s having a festival from Fri 24 to Mon 27 May, with all sorts of menus and events planned, including live music on Saturday evening and bottomless brunch on Sunday.
Floral Court, WC2E 9FB
Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
If you don’t mind fake flowers, this hotel restaurant overflows with a seasonal display.
16-22 Great Russell St, WC1B 3NN
Maître Choux, Chelsea
The King’s Road branch of this éclair specialist has a flower room – take a selfie devouring a pink éclair in front of its wall of peonies.
59 King’s Rd, SW3 4ND
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Photo credits from top to bottom: Petersham Nurseries, The Botanist, Holly Farrier, The Quince Tree Café, Petersham Nurseries, Dalloway Terrace, Sarah Riches