It’s that time of year in London. The Chelsea Flower Show is in bloom and the rest of the borough is showing off its green thumb. One hotel is pulling out all the stops to make this week a bumper crop of herbaceous delights. Being in the midst of a major refurb hasn’t stopped No. 11 Cadogan Gardens from joining in the fun that is #ChelseaInBloom. Celeb florist Larry Walshe has turned their scaffolding-engulfed front door into a sylvan Scylla. Tempestuously wild ivy and overreaching branches pull you into fates unknown.
Thankfully the rewards inside are just as verdant as the outside. #ChelseainBloom-inspired additions to their tea menu are there to greet you – Lavender Crème Brûlée and Victoria Sponge with Hibiscus Jam, as well as, the perennial favorites, scones and sandwiches.
After tea is done, slip into the bar and sip one of the sunny gin-based collection of cocktails. The Gin Garden with its elderflower, cucumber and apple elements put me in the mood to saunter outside to check out the other #ChelseaInBloom creations around the area.
Unless, of course, you decide to slide downstairs to their Tartufo Restaurant to continue growing taller and wider.
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No.11 Cadogan Gardens will be showcasing Larry Walshe’s floral creation outside the hotel and will be inviting onlookers to connect on social media. If passers-by simply tweet an image of the hotel’s flowers with the hashtags #No11Countdown and #Chelseainbloom they will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win Afternoon Tea for two at the hotel. A winner will be picked on Tuesday 19 May and Wednesday 20 May.
NB: I was the guest of No. 11 Cadogan Gardens for afternoon tea.