The Ivy Chelsea Garden are getting ready for RHS Chelsea Flower Show with their beautiful floral display, which is also getting me in the mood for next week’s Chelsea In Bloom.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden flowers

This display reminds of last year’s beautiful fairy tale Chelsea In Bloom designs, which you can take a look at here.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden flowers

But this isn’t the first time The Ivy Chelsea Garden has stopped passersby with their stunning exterior.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden flowers

For Easter, we were stopped in our tracks thanks to this gorgeous display:

I love flowers and I especially love it when Chelsea comes to life each year with Chelsea In Bloom. And with this year’s theme being Carnival, exciting plans for Sloane Square afoot and a 4-metre tall parrot planned for Duke of York Square, I have a feeling that this year’s Chelsea In Bloom is going to be bigger than ever – and I can’t wait to see what the stores and restaurants are going to surprise us with.

Roll on Chelsea In Bloom, I’m so excited!

Chelsea Girl

I’m not quite sure why it’s taken me so long to write this post especially as I visited Exhibitionism at Saatchi Gallery on the first day of its opening; at 11am, the first walk-in time slot.

What’s more, I absolutely loved the exhibition which I’m keen to see again before it ends in September.

Thinking about it, it’s probably because I’m not what you may consider a bona fide fan of The Rolling Stones. I appreciate their classics and their legacy but I don’t think I’ve ever bought any of their music. So I wasn’t sure what I could say about the exhibition.

Perhaps I’ll start with … So why did I enjoy it so much?

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square

As much as Exhibitionism is about The Rolling Stones, it’s also about the integrity of music. We get to see the showpieces over time, from the instruments to the costumes and in one section an actual 3-D show performance of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction that makes you feel as if you’re front row at a live show. It is amazing.

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square

And of course there is the local nostalgia from The Rolling Stones’ early days when they lived on Edith Grove, which is very close to where I live now.

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square

The authenticity of their first Chelsea digs is also testimony that these musicians struggled at the start of their careers. And the romantic in me imagines their passion for music driving them to their global success spanning decades as it continues to do so today.

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square

There’s a glimpse into the way they work and throughout the exhibition there are chances to hear their different sounds. After all, an exhibition about rock gods needs to have some music. And fans of The Rolling Stones have plenty to delight in.

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square

Throughout the exhibition there is an element of the wow factor, so much so you feel like there’s a need to return to appreciate the full spectrum of what The Rolling Stones have achieved.

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery on Duke of York Square

But what I got most of all from Exhibitionism is the level of energy these musicians still have. Whether it’s from their live shows or the excitement they create in their fans, one thing is for certain: there aren’t many music groups that can keep up with these guys. And it’s no wonder why.

Exhibitionism runs until 4th September at Saatchi Gallery on Duke of York Square.

Chelsea Girl

I love books. Books are my passion. I buy more than I can read and I still have so many yet to be opened from my days as a bookseller, as I worked my way through uni. and shortly after.

So you can imagine my delight when I found myself organising a bloggers event that was to start at Taschen on Duke of York Square.

After some bubbles and a catch-up with a great crowd that included Angie, Suze, Fiona, Emma, Lauren, Aftab, Matilda and Tania, the manager of Taschen (Nolan Browne) led us around the store to explain the background of Taschen’s unique publishing ethos and the wide array of titles in the store.

And as I listened to Nolan telling us about Benedikt Taschen’s agenda to create a greater accessibility to the wonders of art in publishing, I started to think back to my initial purchases as I built my book collection. It was Taschen that published the first Magritte book I bought and I remember picking up this two-book Van Gogh publication (below) from a store in Besançon where I studied for my third year at uni. It was also Taschen that published the first interiors book I bought. And to this day I’m still picking up titles I feel I need in my collection. Thing is, whilst Taschen provided an entry point into the world of art and interiors for me they also publish some of the most exclusive books you can get your hands on – and I want them all!

Taschen Books

Nolan talked us through Taschen’s limited editions …

David Bowie at Taschen, Duke of York Square

… and Sumo books that are sometimes accompanied by limited edition prints. I meant to take a photo of the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) book which is something I would love at home. If you’re a Muhammed Ali fan, I urge you to visit the downstairs of Taschen’s store to discover a book that was printed with such care, you’d find the same craftsmanship at the Vatican.

Taschen, Duke of York Square, London

The start of the evening satisfied the book-nerd in me and it also gave me ideas for future gifts. There’s a gorgeous publication on tree houses which is perfect for someone I know who loves architecture and of course tree houses. 🙂

After a tour of Taschen, we all popped over to Manicomio. We could have hopped, it’s so close. And our night here started with a gorgeous vodka-based cocktail called Jagged Wood; a nod to Exhibitionism at Saatchi Gallery which is a must-visit exhibition whether you love The Rolling Stones or not. It’s very impressive.

Manicomio, Duke of York Square

And as we waited for our starters to arrive, we were pleasantly surprised by the shots of truffle soup that were served to us. I love truffles and I savoured the thick texture of this soup. It was a great preamble to our meal.

Manicomio, Duke of York Square

For starter I had the yellow fin tuna which was gorgeous too.

Manicomio, Duke of York Square

And for main I ordered the chicken tagliata with asparagus, artichoke and onions which I had with a side of …

Manicomio, Duke of York Square

… rosemary potatoes.

Manicomio, Duke of York Square

Dessert was the buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb, which I absolutely loved.

Manicomio, Duke of York Square

As usual Manicomio didn’t disappoint and it was great to finally experience this place in the evening. I’ve always been drawn to Manicomio for lunch or a glass of wine in the afternoon because I love their terrace. So it was a treat to discover the nighttime buzz inside the restaurant.

There is so much to look forward to over spring/summer on Duke of York Square, which I’ll be sure to cover on here. But to give you the heads up, here are some dates for your diary …

  • Chelsea in Bloom – 23rd to 28th May
  •  Strawberries & Screen for the Wimbledon semi-finals and finals  – 8th to 10th July
  • HRH The Queen’s 90th Birthday & Commonwealth Market, which will include a street party style occasion to mimic the Queen’s own celebrations at the Mall  – 12th June
  • The BFG Dream Jar Trail’s arrival into Chelsea, which will excite any Roald Dahl fan – 8th July to 31st August

Maybe I’ll see you around?

Chelsea Girl

I remember first visiting the Pagoda at Battersea Park with school. It was such a big thing for our teacher. We had to take our shoes off when we reached the top of the steps and I was in such awe of these golden statues.

Flash forward to today and I still love crossing Albert Bridge and walking along the river, through Battersea Park. It’s one of my favourite spots and here’s a glimpse of my last visit on 360°. 🙂

Chelsea Girl

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