I don’t want to go to Chelsea

Chelsea didn’t move Elvis Costello, and, to be honest, given the weather, the prospect of it isn’t doing much for us, either. But it would be a shame to miss out on the spirit of the Flower Show completely, which is why we’ve put together a list of the best floral fancies on offer in London this week. And, knowing us as you do, it won’t come as a surprise that there’s a bit of a food and drink theme. So go on, fill your botanical boots…

Belgraves’ Edible Garden
21 – 25 May
It doesn’t take much to win us over – shake a cocktail in our direction and we’re pretty much yours for the taking. Throw in some delicious treats and, well… Both are on offer in spades this week at Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel, where the terrace has been transformed into an edible garden in celebration of the Flower Show. There’s a wall of edible flowers and an interactive cocktail station: while muddling together palatable petals and botanical spirits, head mixologist Salvatore Maggio will be throwing ‘Edible Flower Cocktail Classes’ and ‘Food & Flower Pairing Tutorials’. And the complimentary cocktail recipe cards and edible flower seed packet giveaways mean you can re-create your favourite concoctions at home.
Access to Belgraves Edible Garden is complimentary but advance reservations are required. Email the hotel for information and to book.

Landmark London Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea
21 – 25 May
Forget breakfast, lunch and dinner. Give us brunch and afternoon tea any day and we’ll be happy as pigs in mud, which is why we’re delighted with this floral offering from Marylebone’s Landmark. The hotel’s stunning Winter Garden is the perfect spot to while away a dull May afternoon. Accompanying the usual assortment of sandwiches and scones, limited edition treats on menu include lavender and strawberry tiramisus, and milk chocolate and thyme ganache with local Regent’s Park honey. And along with freshly brewed leaf and herbal teas from the Tea Palace, guests can quaff on a glass of elderflower Champagne.
Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea at The Landmark London costs from £45.00 per person. To book, call 020 7631 8000

Corrigan’s Mayfair in Bloom Cookery Class
25 May
Throughout May, this Mayfair institution is celebrating the biggest flower show in town. As well as a
gorgeous floral display by celebrated florist Amanda Wilgrave, the kitchen is offering an edible flower market menu (dishes include the delicious-sounding Cornish crab and apple blossom, and buttermilk cream with lemon verbena). If that inspires you to get creative with edible flowers at home, don’t miss the free demonstration by head chef Chris McGowan next Tuesday (28 May). And for those who like to get hands on, there’s a chance to grab a spot on a cookery course this Saturday. After a Champagne start, you’ll spend the morning getting creative in the kitchen, then sit down to tuck into a four-course lunch. And you’ll go home with a goody bag containing recipe cards, an apron and a signed copy of Richard Corrigan’s latest cookbook – a bargain for £250 per person.
For more information, availability or to book, email the restaurant, quoting “Corrigan’s Cookery Course”, or call 020 7499 9943