It’s that time of the year again when the stores of Chelsea come alive with floral displays that bring vibrance and character to the streets. That’s right, Chelsea In Bloom is back!
And Monica Vinader’s gorgeous display (below) should give you an idea of this year’s theme if you don’t know it already.
The theme is Carnival and I love how T.ba on Pavilion Road have been inspired by Carnevale di Venezia. This is such an exquisite display, I love it.
And there are the Carnival animals of course, like The Little White Company’s beautiful elephant.
Or No. 11 Cadogan Garden’s fantastic parrot.
Last year’s Chelsea In Bloom winner, Sarah Chapman, has created yet another stunning display.
And Liz Earle’s ‘Carnivearle’ makes you feel like you’re at a fairground when you see its wonderful spectacle. The attention to detail with all these displays is astounding.
And to top it off, Sloane Square has been turned into a Carnival beach where you can dress up in a headdress; grab a free rickshaw ride to go round the displays; and enjoy a Bloom Gin cocktail at The Botanist’s pop-up bar.
The pop-up bar will be open from Wednesday to Saturday (until 8pm everyday except Saturday when it closes at 5pm). Or, you can step into The Botanist for a Chelsea In Bloom cocktail. I’ve had a sneak taste of Bloom Gin’s cocktail that will be served outside and it is utterly gorgeous.
So with apparently the hottest summer this century round the corner and the Rio Olympics too, a cocktail on Sloane Square’s beach is definitely something not to be missed.
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.
This display reminds of last year’s beautiful fairy tale Chelsea In Bloom designs, which you can take a look at here.
But this isn’t the first time The Ivy Chelsea Garden has stopped passersby with their stunning exterior.
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!
With this week’s #Frifoto’s theme on Twitter being ‘urban’, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to indulge in some street photography around Chelsea. So yesterday, I pulled my camera out of my bag and snapped away as I went from A to B to C. And here’s what I captured …
Stella McCartney’s Chelsea store
The colourful houses off King’s Road
More colourful homes.
Something that caught my eye. I love the shamrocks.
Royal Avenue with Royal Hospital Chelsea at the other end.
Life on Sloane Square.
Street art on King’s Road.
I loved stopping to look at the details around me. It reminds me that we can sometimes take our surroundings for granted. So be sure to check back for more snaps of local life. I’m keen to take many more.
The Serpentine Gallery’s Summer Pavilion is now open and with such glorious weather over the weekend, I eagerly made a visit with the OH and Little Man.
This year’s installation was designed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano who together make up Selgascano. Established in Madrid where the majority of their buildings have been commissioned, these architects have created a vibrant and exciting structure for Kensington Gardens.
And with the pavilion being used for private events, especially for the fashion industry, I wasn’t surprised when I stumbled upon an impromptu photo shoot.
As well as feeding the photographer’s compulsion to snap away at every detail in sight, this structure is also a real joy to walk around. Little Man had a field day running around as did plenty of other kids, which was fantastic to see. Crossing Kensington Gardens, Little Man was keen to visit ‘the playground’ so when we arrived at the pavilion I explained that this was an architectural playground. And in a moment he ran off with OH running after him.
There is plenty for everyone to appreciate with this year’s pavilion. I think it has a lot to do with the myriad of shapes and colours.
There are also cafés inside and outside so if you want to linger around this psychedelic wonderland for a while longer you can.
I have generally been a fan of most summer installations at The Serpentine Gallery but this year’s pavilion feels particularly inspiring. It’s always great to see a burst of colour on the London landscape.
This morning saw the unveiling of a very exciting visitor to Duke of York Square. Children and locals gathered around as press set up around them.
First there was some storytelling for the children. An excerpt from Travels to my Elephant which was penned by the late Mark Shand whose charity Elephant Family is the focus for all the Asian elephant love in Chelsea and around London at the moment.
You may have already seen the rickshaws around London. Their eye-catching flamboyance, the result of work by designers such as Caroline Herrera and Zandra Rhodes who designed The Capital Hotel’s rickshaw below.
These rickshaws will be transporting passengers around London until the end of July after which they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Elephant Family. After the auction they will be raced across to India. Some of the drivers already confirmed include Susan Sarandon, Yasmin and Amber Le Bon, TRH Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
This morning HRH Duchess of Cornwall arrived to unveil Tara.
Here is Tara. Isn’t she lovely?
HRH Duchess of Cornwall also spoke to local school children …
… and stepped into one of the rickshaws herself.
Beside Tara, there is Ella-phant and Maclaren are sponsoring a competition to find a design for this baby elephant, which children can enter by posting their designs into this post box below.
The hashtag for this wonderful campaign is #travelstomyelephant. So if you do visit Tara or if you see one of Elephant Family’s rickshaws around London, please use the hashtag to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian elephants. Because as the Elephant Family’s website informs us, “over the last 100 years, [the Asian elephant’s] population has plummeted by 90% and if current trends continue, Asian elephants will cease to exist in the wild by 2050′.