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Celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show

SEEN is delighted to tell you that even if you can’t make it to THE flower event of the year, fear not, there are other ways in which you can join in this iconic London show. SEEN will be sipping a botanical tipple, for a start… Scarfes Bar, MNKY HSE, Farmacy, Rivea and Aqua Shard have launched celebratory cocktails, desserts and floral garnishes to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, on from the 23rd – 27th May.

Scarfes Bar has launched The Highgrove, priced at £20, which uses the classic French 75 cocktail for inspiration and is named after the much-loved private gardens of HRH Prince Charles. This uses a delicately infused Bombay Sapphire gin, using a rotovap to permeate ingredients including marjoram, mint, tarragon and lily buds. Served in a glass coated with the aforementioned herbal fragrances combined with the citrus and chamomile essences of Boston Bittahs, the Highgrove is topped up with a dry English fizz to symbolise Prince Charles’ royal lineage. The finished drink recreates the delicate scents of the famous gardens and is sharp and light with tantalising flowery elements, served in a flute – perfectly fitting for a royal toast.

The Highgrove
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Highgrove Gardens Scent
Citrus
Chamomile
Elderflower
and R de Ruinart Brut Champagne

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Mayfair’s latest hot spot, MNKY HSE, will launch a limited edition cocktail collection inspired by Mexico’s most famous plant, Agave. With terrariums, cacti and succulents set to be a huge trend at CFS 2017, MNKY HSE’s Bar Manager, Javier Escirbano, has curated a menu of three magical cocktails containing Mezcal (the smoky alcoholic beverage made from the Agave succulent).

The cocktails will be on offer for the duration of the show and include the Lavender Garden, a floral mix of mezcal and Belvedere Citron, infused with lavender and shaken with Limoncello, Liqueur 43, lemon juice, white sugar and egg white; the Between the Trees, a shaken blend of mezcal, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, lime juice and pineapple; and there will also be a Latin-American twist on the classic Negroni, the Negromante, a heady fusion of mezcal stirred with Barolo Chinato, Campari and grapefruit bitters.

MNKY HSE, serves high-quality, contemporary Latin American food and drink, alongside DJ performances. Housed over two floors, the venue includes an intimate bar and lounge area upstairs, and a stylish restaurant downstairs that will evolve into a very different, night-time setting.

Negromante

If you’re feeling a little jaded after the cocktails then try plant-based restaurant Farmacy, who will be celebrating plant-power in more ways than one. Renowned for their extensive selection of delicious plant-based dishes, that are good for the body, and the earth too, the Notting Hill restaurant and bar will also decorate their entrance with a huge Blossom tree archway.

Several of their signature breakfast dishes will then be bedecked with edible blooms, including the Farmacy Rawnola (sprouted buckwheat granola, fresh fruit and housemade tigermilk), and the Chocolate Chip Warrier Waffles (100 % gluten free oats, sunwarrior protein and chia seeds with berries, housemade nutella and coconut ‘yoghurt’) and  House Pancakes (made with buckwheat flower and served with fresh fruit, coconut ‘yoghurt’, chia berry jam and maple syrup).

The Bee Grateful (a housemade probiotic spirulina ‘yoghurt’ with chia seed porridge, fresh fruit and crunchy almonds) even comes garnished with bee pollen. The ideal breakfast dish to enjoy before buzzing around the Chelsea Flower Show…

Farmacy is located in Notting Hill and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers an array of delicious plant-based dishes in a stunning, stylish environment with a large bar, cosy booths and a private room ideal for events, parties, yoga classes and book signings.

Farmacy is run by Camilla Fayed and her team. It’s a place for those passionate about taste, provenance and nourishing recipes that are good for the body and for the earth. The menu is inspired by dishes from around the globe and supports both a vegan and vegetarian diet, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals.

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This May, Rivea London at Bulgari Hotel, will pay homage to the globally renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show with another delicate and floral-inspired dessert. A unique and playful take on the traditional plant pot, the Bulgari Hotel Berry Planter is a delicately constructed dessert bursting with the taste of seasonal berries. The pot, made from white chocolate, encloses a vibrant red berry sponge topped with a light cheese cake-style mousse with a sprinkling of fresh berries. Framing the pot is a decorative bed of berries, sugar flowers and pistachio powder.

Located just a stone’s throw from the show itself, Rivea London is a glamorous respite from the hustle and bustle of Chelsea. Priced at £8, the Bulgari Hotel Berry Planter will be available at Rivea London and in the Bulgari Hotel lounge.

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aqua shard, the contemporary British restaurant located on level 31 of The Shard, will be celebrating the iconic Chelsea Flower Show with a special dessert and cocktail inspired by the horticultural event.

The decadent, fragrant dessert will combine berriolett (berries and violet) mousse and vanilla brulée with almond sponge, olive oil and violet powder. A feast for the eyes and palate, the dish will be priced at £9. In addition, diners can sip on the exquisite Chelsea Flower Show cocktail, a summery mix of Sloe gin, crème de violette, fresh lemon juice, fresh egg white and a spray of lavender essence. Priced at £16.50, the drink is the perfect concoction to toast the start of summer, whilst enjoying aqua shard’s stunning views of London and the River Thames.

Lavender Garden

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aqua shard Chelsea Flower Show dessert and cocktail

aqua shard Chelsea Flower Show Dessert

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