For a taste of London’s famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show–without the tickets–head to The Egerton House Hotel. The well-heeled clientele of this intimate Knightsbridge townhouse will feel right at home in their wellies this May, thanks to a whimsical garden created by Jane Wadham, whose floral fancies are favoured by the likes of Victoria Beckham and the organisers of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Swish past an extravagant cascade of pale purple wisteria framing the entryway’s brick columns and step into a lush interior Eden, where roses and foxglove strain their elegant necks above the parapet of mossy planters.
Potted pooches stand at attention amidst the verdant display–a reminder that dogs are not only welcome, they are especially catered for with a Doggy Afternoon Tea. Owners may come along, too, of course–provided they don’t pester other patrons with unsolicited moist-nosed nuzzling.
Spot-less patrons who “canine” be bothered to russell up someone else’s terrier may choose to eschew the pup party and opt instead for The Egerton’s new Summer Garden Afternoon Tea. The fruit and floral-inspired menu includes Marigold Macaroons, Lavender Posset with Poppy Seed biscuit, Rosewater Chocolate Brownie, Summer Fruit Vanilla Tart, Blueberry Tower, and a Spinach, Blackcurrant and Edible Flowers cupcake, alongside savouries and scones. Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Champagne (yes, please!) teas are also available.
If you want to be as well-watered as a rice patty, belly up for The Egerton’s Martini Masterclass. “A martini is not just a drink,” says bartender Sahbi Zguider. “It’s a journey.” The ultimate destination? A fantasy version of sun-infused English summer…whatever the weather.
**Meet Jane Wadham on Monday, 9th May at an exclusive afternoon tea and floral workshop at The Edgerton House Hotel. More details here.
One last feel-good floral note: At the end of May, The Egerton’s interior garden will be donated to Thrive Battersea, which helps folks facing a variety of difficulties improve their physical and mental health through therapeutic gardening. That’s bloomin’ lovely.
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