It’s that time of year again when the UK bursts into bloom. Blossom trees are showing off their colours, gardens are beginning to come to life and the Chelsea Flower Show will open its doors to thousands of visitors in the next week. In celebration of the country’s most prestigious horticultural event, key areas of London are following in Chelsea’s footsteps launching events at similar times. However it is Mayfair’s floral offering that has everyone talking with the launch of the very first flower show in the district which is a far cry from the average garden showcase.
Held at sketch London, one of the capital’s most unique restaurants, the Mayfair Flower Show is open from 17 – 29 May and offers a feast for the senses at every turn. Spanning five areas across the expansive restaurant, many of the venue’s key rooms have been given the floral treatment and each space has a story to tell. A celebration of the British landscape, five exhibitors were asked to take part in the showcase which demonstrates each brand’s craft, passion and dedication to the environment along with exploring their relationship with sketch London.
The five spaces within the restaurant flow organically throughout the building and begin with Hinterland by The Flower Appreciation Society. What was once a classically regimented estate entrance has now been left for nature to take its course and the effect is a jungle of ferns and fronds just glimpsed from the outside to invite patrons into the tropics beyond. From the entrance the showcase fluidly transitions into the second exhibit taking root on sketch’s staircase which is aptly named Midnight into Titania’s Garden, the brainchild of By Appointment Only. It is a nod to the romanticism of Victorian fairy paintings and the most glamorous fairy of all – Queen Titania of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. By Appointment Only have blended the playful and whimsical on the staircase creating a winding theatrical display appealing to the senses and incorporating olfactory delights.
The perfume is also the first aspect of the third instalment to meet the senses upon ascending the stairway. The edge of the stairway opens into one of sketch London’s most recognisable rooms, the Glade. Already a treasure trove of woodland murals and forest inspired furniture, the Glade is the restaurant’s quirky cocktail bar and it is here the event’s sponsor Champagne Pommery will be calling home until the end of the show. Offering glasses of their Royal Blue Sky Champagne served over infusions of vanilla or Earl Grey tea, the Glade bar is bedecked with an entire flower meadow artfully suspended from the ceiling by JamJar Flowers, beautifully adding to the spectacular woodland theme of the room.
sketch London’s iconic Gallery room has been left untouched by the surrounding foliage making it a velvety pink paradise in stark contrast to the greenery seen everywhere else. David Shrigley’s witty art works gaze down at diners and the dome-topped cavern remains sketch London’s defining feature even amongst the excitement of the flower show, demonstrating the gravitas of the room’s design. Past the gallery is The Space Between Trees by Carly Rogers Flowers, a colourful rockery perched atop the pod-shaped East Bar. A gravity defying garden, it sits on the horizon and provides the bright white East Bar with a floral blanket.
The final addition to sketch London for the Mayfair Flower Show is Ladies & Gentlemen also by JamJar Flowers. Described as a breath of fresh ‘hair’ each of sketch London’s renowned egg-shaped toilet pods have been given a floral statement haircut by the innovative florist offering an even more unusual selfie opportunity than those already captured by countless visitors to the unique toilets. The Mayfair Flower Show needs to be seen to be fully appreciated so make sure to visit London’s most unique floral event on or before the 29 May. Go to sketch London’s website for more information on the show, the exhibits and the special Mayfair Flower Show menus on offer during this time.