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Paradise on the King’s Road: The Imperial’s Botanical Eden

The Imperial, one of the last remaining original Victorian pubs in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter, has launched ‘Eden’ in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët. The Imperial is a botanical paradise in central London ideal for private functions, and for communal dining around a long, white oak table surrounded by live plants, delicate flowers and white butterflies.

The Imperial, one of the last remaining original Victorian pubs in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter, has launched ‘Eden’ in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët. The Imperial is a botanical paradise in central London ideal for private functions, and for communal dining around a long, white oak table surrounded by live plants, delicate flowers and white butterflies.

Eden is a cozy getaway full of historical artefacts and an abundance of plants that provide accents of green and white, including tea bushes (Camellia Sinensis), Convolvulus Cneorum and the Japanese anemone. The decoration is all part of a multi-layered narrative inspired by 19th century botanist Robert Fortune and the heritage of the prestigious champagne brand Perrier-Jouët, mixed with the history of the local area, which was covered with orchards and gardens for centuries.

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French-born artist and designer, Henry Chebaane, founder of London-based design and branding firm Blue Sky Hospitality, has been the creative mind behind the decoration of this beautiful garden pavilion. The soft backdrop of white bricks and timbers, accented with a multitude of vintage gardening tools and wire boxes in soft shimmering gold, evokes the prominence of Chardonnay in Pierre Jouët’s champagnes.

The Japanese anemone plays the main role in the decoration of Eden. It is one of the many species brought to Britain by plant hunter Robert Fortune. He introduced it in 1847 on his return from China, from where he also smuggled out live tea seedlings to plant in India, thereby terminating China’s monopoly on the tea trade. The anemone was then brought to Eastern France, where it spontaneously evolved into the magnificent white cultivar, “Honorine Joubert” that so captivated Perrier-Jouët; it is indeed a flower emblematic of the champagne house since it was first painted by Art Nouveau artist Emile Gallé in 1902.

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To further enhance the experiential nature of the Eden pavilion, Henry Chebaane has designed an art installation of several hundred white butterflies circling a botanically-inspired chandelier. Covering the entire ceiling , “Born of Flower” is a conceptual piece about the human joy produced by nature’s life cycle from flower to fruit to wine, made possible by the pollination of butterflies, themselves seen poetically as “flying flowers”, as the press release explains.

The Imperial was built in 1870 in the style of a grand villa, and has been a social meeting place on the King’s Road for nearly 150 years. Now it’s re-emerging with a total refurbishment that started with the garden pavilion. Keep updated with SEEN to witness The Imperial emerge from its chrysalis this winter, as a total experiential destination with cocktail bar, bistro, deli, café, takeout, with events and outside catering delivered in a distinctive style, blending Victorian industrial heritage and botanical discoveries with an irreverential dash of Kings Road’s late 20th century fashion.

www.blueskyhospitality.com

The Imperial
577 King’s Road
London
W6 2EH
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