Chelsea has been looking more beautiful than usual since the start of this week, for the Chelsea Flower Show, and on Wednesday Kate Spade’s window was announced as the people’s choice Chelsea in Bloom winner. Congratulations!

Kate Spade in BloomThis is such a beautiful window and there are many just as lovely. They include …

L.K. Bennett

L.K. Bennett

j crew chelsea in bloom

J Crew

Links

Links

Rag and Bone

Rag and Bone

As well as floral displays, there is bunting on Sloane Square …

Chelsea in Bloom… and on Duke of York Square …

Chelsea in Bloom… as well as deck chairs …

Chelsea in Bloom… and Pierre Jouet seats.

Chelsea in BloomThere are also a number of events and/or menus for you to enjoy. They include an exclusive evening of champagne and canapés with Ormonde Jayne on Thursday 22nd May 2014 …

Ormonde Jayne

… a special Chelsea Flower Show inspired set menu at Gallery Mess: two or three courses together with a glass of wine or cocktail for £25.50 and £28.50 respectively …

Gallery Mess

… and also a two course menu including a glass of Nyetimber English sparkling wine for £20 at Bumpkin.

With the Chelsea Flower Show ending on Saturday, there are still a few more days to make the most out of what is probably the most important date in Chelsea’s calendar. Enjoy!

Who else can’t believe it’s May already? Where has the time flown? Well, it goes without saying that this is one of my favourite months of the year. With two bank holiday weekends, how can it not be? So here are my suggestions of what to do locally this month …

1. Why not kick off May with a Cinco De Mayo party at Barts this weekend?

CINCODEMAYO

2. And later this month, there’s of course Chelsea’s event of the year, The Chelsea Flower Show which will be running from 21st until 25th May. Here are some photos from two years ago and last year. Also, don’t forget that there is also Chelsea in Bloom (more photos) and Chelsea Fringe also happening this month.

3. And whilst The Chelsea Flower show is on, from Wednesday 22nd until Saturday 25th May (12pm – 8pm every day), The Botanist will be running an Oyster and Joseph Perrier Champagne Bar in Sloane Square, complete with daily performances from a string quartet. You can enjoy champagne by the glass, by the bottle, or as a cocktail.

4. The Great Gatsby will open at Curzon Chelsea on 16th May but you can buy tickets from 3rd May. I cannot wait for this film to be released and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it represents Baz Lurhmann’s return to form. Check out my post with a video interview of the director himself.

5. If you’re an aspiring designer, fashionista or budding entrepreneur, Jean Queen Donna Ida Thornton is set to hold a Careers Day on 3rd May. Donna will be available all day from 10am – 4pm to answer questions at Donna Ida Head Office near Notting Hill. Donna will be joined by a host of Donna Ida girls who will also be happy to answer any questions (including Online Content Editor Amelia Kanaris and Graphic Designer Kate Gorbunova). To join Donna and the Donna Ida girls you can visit their Head Office on Friday 3rd May from 10am – 4pm at Phoenix Brewery, 13 Bramley Road, London W10 6SP. Nearest tube is Latimer Road.

Finally, just to warn you, my posts this month will be a little thin on the ground. This month is going to be craaazzzzy. Well, maybe not that mad but enough to occupy a large chunk of my blogging time. But whilst posts trickle through in May, they will return to normal by mid-June. So keep your eyes peeled for updates on new posts on my Twitter feed or Facebook page. Enjoy May and have two awesome Bank Holidays!

I wasn’t organised enough to arrange myself tickets for The Chelsea Flower Show this year but a lovely friend of mine went along this morning and offered to take a few photos for my blog.

It also happens that Kristen is an amazing photographer, so I jumped at her kind offer to supply me with a few pics to share with you.

Here are her snapshots of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them!

If you love Kristen’s photography as much as I do, you might like to check out her website too.

This afternoon I enjoyed an indulgent 5 course lunch at Le Cercle. I arrived at the basement restaurant, which is situated just off Sloane Street, feeling slightly hurried and ravenous.

So when I sat down at my booth and managed to take in the Flower Menu which consists of five courses and an optional sommelier wine pairing, I felt like I was being to forced to somewhat relax.

I had never been to Le Cercle before. It’s not an obvious place to spot from the main road but once you are there, it feels like an intimate local gem. I really like the décor.

At lunch time, the place was quiet but there were a few people dining in pairs: mostly women, catching up with each other. Apparently for dinner, the atmosphere changes and is more buzzy.

The Flower Menu launched on Tuesday and continues until 2nd June 2012 – perfect for The Chelsea Flower Show! And to start with, I had the Confit Salmon with white beetroot, horseradish granité and Borage, which was accompanied by a 2009 Pinot Black, Dom: Schlumberger “Les Princes Abbes”.

 

The starter was perfectly light. I enjoyed the beetroot and horseradish as well as the salmon and trout roe.

The second course consisted of Pan fried Sea Bass, green almond coulis, black aubergine and Daisies.

What surprised me most about this dish was the honey and maple syrup glazed aubergines. The burst of sweetness with each mouthful was a real delight.

This course was matched with a 2012 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, Château La Cost, “Rose d’une Nuit”.

The third course – and yes, I was still going – included a roasted lamb chump, polenta fries, confit tomatoes and Rosemary flower.

And whilst I am not generally a fan of polenta, this was definitely my favourite pairing with the 2009 Cotes de Francs, Duc de Nauves. I loved this wine the most and it matched the lamb very well.

For the fourth course, I received a slice of langres cheese with caramelised fig and chilli rhubarb.

On the menu however, do expect to see St. Maure (unpasteurised goat’s cheese) and Lavendar. The cheese dish was paired with a 2009 Saumur, Langlois-Château.

For the finale, I tried the dark chocolate tart and violet ice cream with a 2009 Gaillac, “Les Gravels”, Domaine Rotier.

And wow, what a way to finish a meal. The tart was wonderfully light. It wasn’t too rich but it tasted divine – and the wine was perfectly suited.

Admittedly, when I first looked at the menu I was filled with slight panic: 5 courses for lunch! But actually, the portions worked very well.

The menu costs £35 per person and if you would like to include the wine pairings (which I wholly recommend) then it is £60.

So if you fancy a girly catch up like the other ladies in the restaurant, this could be a place to add to the list – especially during the Chelsea Flower Show.

Bon Appetit! And if you do make down there for the Flower Menu, do let me know which dish you enjoyed the most.

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