May was made for making summer plans and enjoying the first of the festivals. From Chelsea in Bloom, to getting prepared for the all important Chesterton’s Polo in the Park ticket, plus new openings The Maine Mayfair and Cellar, here’s The Luxe List May.
Return to the Wild at The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Paying homage to the wondrous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Ivy Chelsea Garden are going all out with a gorgeous floral installation, as well as a limited edition dessert called The Wild Garden which is a delicious combo of vanilla cheesecake with chocolate soil and wild strawberries. Available from Monday 23rd May, there’ll also be a range of gorgeous cocktails on offer – we love the sound of the Garden Party with a blend of Lillet Blanc, Absolut Elyx, sugar syrup and lime juice.
Daphne’s Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
Daphne’s is also celebrating The RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. From 16th May to 30th May, 1000 stunning hand-crafted butterflies will adorn the entire façade and interiors of the restaurant terrace. Limited edition Malfy Gin cocktails include the Passion Fruit Spritz made from Malfy Originale Gin, passion fruit and tonic, the Amaro Martini (Malfy Arancia Gin, Campari, lemon juice and orange bitters) and the Malfy Sgroppino made from Malfy Lemon Gin, lemon juice, lemon sorbet and prosecco. To accompany the drinks, there’ll be special dishes with added floral decoration like tuna tartare with avocado, and spring chicken milanese with wild rocket, pea shoots and parmesan.
ANAN x Rochelle Canteen Pop-up Dinner
The iconic Rochelle Canteen will be coming together with ANAN, a new restaurant concept from Eyal Jagermann and Tomer Hauptman, for one night only to celebrate the beautiful culture of Hummus eating in the Middle East with a dinner of plant based small plates in Rochelle Canteen’s beautiful garden. ANAN’s signature Hummus, Herbed powered Falafel and Cauliflower Jaff will all feature on the menu, amongst many more delicious Middle Eastern dishes. Set to be an evening of outrageous fun, drinks and great food, you can book your tickets here for £55pp.
Hakkasan Partners with Nyetimber
Look forward to incredible food paired with the finest English sparkling over the next couple of months because Hakkasan is partnering with Nyetimber. At Hakkasan Hanway and Mayfair, there’ll be a special limited edition menu running at £128pp, as well as an intimate, fully-paired dinner at Hakkasan Mayfair’s Sommelier’s Table (£235pp) which you can buy tickets for here. There’ll also be a fabulous June takeover at Nyetimber’s stunning Sussex vineyard.
Get Your Tickets Now for Chesterton’s Polo in the Park
Food, drink, pop-ups and polo! Chesterton’s Polo in the Park is back, taking place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12thJune at Hurlingham Park. Don your best outfit, pop the champs and get ready for three days of fun! This year includes a sporting first as the event hosts its very first International Women’s Match on Saturday 11th. Check out the full list of what’s happening by clicking this link.
Book a GoBoat
The weather’s warming up which makes it the perfect time to book a GoBoat and cruise around London with a picnic, BYOB style! You can choose to set sail from *Paddington, Kingston or Canary Wharf for one, two or three hours with different packages available. Plus the boats are eco-friendly and electric, sitting up to 8 people in one boat with a perfectly proportioned picnic table in the centre. Costs start at £95 for a one hour trip. Check out the full details and book here. *Paddington is an alcohol free zone!
Brockman’s Proper Improper Society
A three day celebration of gin? We’re in. Brockman’s are hosting their Proper Improper Society from Thursday 19thto Saturday 21st May. Expect improper performances, cocktail masterclasses and plenty of fabulous entertainment including spoken word, DJs and comedians. Get your tickets here.
National Vegetarian Week with The Cinnamon Collection
Spice things up for National Vegetarian Week (16th – 22nd May) with The Cinnamon Club’s new seasonal veggie menu! A nine dish sharing feast awaits at Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Kitchen City & Battersea (£36pp), or for £39pp in the city. If you feel like going all out, The Cinnamon Club will be offering a fabulous 8 courser priced at £80pp and £160 with wine pairings. You can expect delights like jackfruit and lotus root kebab with poppy seed and tomato chutney; spiced aubergine steak served with pumpkin chutney and moutabal; and tandoori Portobello and King Oyster mushrooms with stir-fry of morels with peas. Book now.
Chelsea in Bloom
It’s London’s biggest free flower show and it’s back from Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th May (with an extended celebration until 5th June for the Platinum Jubilee.) Chelsea in Bloom will feature the theme ‘British Icons’ for the free event which will see 90 shops, hotels and restaurants participating. With the most fabulous floral displays, complimentary walking tours and rickshaw rides, you can check out all the details on the website.