Get set to be swept off your feet as Chelsea In Bloom returns to Sloane Street from 21 – 26 May 2018, the 13th edition of Chelsea’s much-loved alternative floral art show that coincides with and complements the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
With the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle taking place on May 19th, this year’s theme, “Summer of Love”, is inspired by the romance of the Royal nuptials and the cultural revolution that took hold in London after 1967 and saw the hippie movement blossom from the Palace to the King’s Road.
This will be the biggest Chelsea In Bloom yet, with over 60 shops, restaurants and hotels taking part by adorning their storefronts with wildly imaginative, world-class floral art in the hope of winning this year’s top prize.
Last year’s ‘Best Floral Display’ winner, Hackett, set the benchmark high with its prowling cheetah for the “Floral Safari” theme, while Kiki McDonough’s playful giraffe and monkey rivaled Rag & Bone’s giraffe sentries for Instagram attention – be sure to hashtag #ChelseaInBloom when you’re there and follow us for updates!
The displays will be judged by an expert panel, with winners announced on Tuesday 22 May but you will get to have your say on the best display by voting online for the winner of The People’s Champion Award. Voting will go live on www.chelseainbloom.co.uk on Tuesday 22 May and will close at midnight on Thursday 24. The winner will be announced on Friday 25 May.
Start your journey at the Information Point at Sloane Square, where you can pick up a free activity map or book a complimentary rickshaw ride, then get ready to be seduced by the incredible displays on Sloane Street. And enjoy a flirtation with the displays at Duke of York Square, the King’s Road, Pavilion Road and Sloane Square too.
There will also be a range of in-store events, exclusive products and offers throughout the Chelsea in Bloom week including, florally inspired menus and cocktails from Granger & Co., Harry’s Dolce Vita and April’s, gorgeous floral themed products at Smythson and Red Valentino; and lots of other yet-be-be-announced treats throughout the week.
Stay tuned for more exciting details about Chelsea In Bloom here: www.chelseainbloom.co.uk
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17 – 18 May – Make your own flower crown at workshops with florists from Harper & Toms
5 pm – 8 pm, Wednesday 23rd May – You will get 15% off your purchases at a special charity event to raise money for the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation.
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4 pm – 8 pm, Wednesday 23 May – Thomas Bloom will be in store to lead a floral masterclass and will guide you as you create your own Blossom Posy to take home. Indulge in blossom-inspired pink prosecco and sweet treats as you discover two must-have new collections in five limited edition fragrances.
3 pm – 8 pm, Wednesday 23 May – You will have a chance to meet artist Ollie St Clair Terry, who will be carrying out a live performance within the boutique. Based in Cambridge, he specialises in the traditional method of relief printing, which creates bright and bold prints with an emphasis on pattern and punchy colours. Ollie draws most of his inspiration from flora, fauna and folklore from around the world.
21 – 26 May – Inspired by this year’s Chelsea In Bloom theme, “Summer of Love”, Red Valentino has created 100 limited edition “Love” T-shirts dedicated to an unconventional, fierce and passionate girl that will be available exclusively on Sloane Street.
2 pm – 6 pm, Wednesday 23 May – La Perla has partnered with All for Love florists create flower crowns and gorgeous bouquets for everyone who shops on the day.
4 pm – 8 pm, Tuesday 22 May – Soak up the atmosphere of Chelsea in Bloom and enjoy fizz and cakes with the Fold styling team at a special shopping event designed to be a one-stop shop for summer social events like summer parties, weddings, days Royal Ascot. There will be speed styling sessions as well as showcasing a beautiful selection of eventwear, jewellery and stylish shoes, plus official Royal Ascot milliner Awon Golding will be on hand to help you find the perfect hat for a day at the races. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
EAT & DRINK
21 – 26 May – Taking inspiration from Italy’s most romantic city, Venice, Harry’s Dolce Vita is paying homage to the typical Venetian scene of a gondolier singing through the winding canals with a tongue-in-cheek pudding called “Oops! I dropped a Cornetto,” made with homemade lemon-infused gelato with a wafer cone dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in toasted hazelnuts. The “Cornetto” is dropped on dark chocolate and pistachio soil with raspberries, basil, fresh mint and edible flowers. Wash it down with a Sgroppino cocktail, a lemon sorbet with limoncello and prosecco.
21 – 26 May – Taking part in Chelsea in Bloom for the first time, the Japanese and Italian hot-spot will be launching a collection of mouth watering specials created by executive chef Bubker Belhit and inspired by the classical Zen gardens of ancient Kyoto. Expact delights such as “The J’Secret”, a delicate dish featuring taste popping slithers of salmon, seabass and tuna sashimi in a delectably moreish ponzo sauce and with a blossom of Instagram-worthy floral frosting. And there will be a bespoke cocktail for the occasion: the “Sumosan Garden”, made with Tanqueray gin, tio pepe, cucumber, lemon and sugar, dressed with a burst of green shiso leaves.
21 – 26 May – Taking its cue from the Chelsea Flower Show, Granger & Co. Chelsea will put a beautifully floral twist on its cocktail list. Try the brand new Hibiscus margarita (tequila, Cointreau, lime, sparkling kefir water and hibiscus salt), or the Cynar Julep made with cynar, a bitter liqueur made from 13 plants and herbs, including artichoke.
22 – 26 May – The Botanist Sloane Square will be planting a brand new pop-up bar in the centre of the Square, serving up limited edition Williams Chase cocktails every day from 11 am – 10 pm.