Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart x Bloom & Wild

As a freelancer I spend a lot of time writing and editing photos at home, making endless cups of tea and sitting in my pyjamas. The mid-morning arrival of the postman is always the highlight of the day, especially when the delivery includes a box of flowers from Bloom & Wild.

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Last week I joined a joined a gaggle of girls (all dressed to impress in floral outfits) for the launch of the limited edition Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart x Bloom & Wild collection.

Nikki Tibbles is the founder and much loved florist from Wild at Heart in Westbourne Grove and the often-instagrammed Liberty flower shop. As well as adorning many top London Fashion Week runway shows with her floral artistry she has been commissioned by the V&A, the British Fashion Council and the Royal Palaces.

Bloom & Wild are the revolutionary flower delivery service, who efficiently and effectively deliver beautiful boxed bunches through your letterbox. They are often voted UK’s top rated flower delivery company.

Together Nikki Tibbles and Bloom & Wild have created a series of limited edition bouquets, which feature the finest selections of flowers, all delivered to your doorstep.

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The launch event was hosted by a prestigious London members club… we sipped floral cocktails and dined on delightful canapes whilst admiring the beautiful floral displays by Nikki.

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The special edition bunches of flowers have a indulgent mix of deep Autumn hues to celebrate the new season. Pick from the vibrant ‘Autumn Mornings’, the brilliantly British ‘Woodland Walk’ or the opulent and regal hand-tied ‘Red Skies’ bouquet.

The bunches start at £38 and can be paired in the post with other special gifts such as chocolates or a birthday biscuit.

More information on the Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart x Bloom & Wild here.

This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with Bloom & Wild.

Twig Saints by Chris Kenny

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St Desideratus – May 8th

Little saints live within the fine branches of certain bushes. They are released by cutting away everything that is not them.

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St Eugene – July 13th

These emaciated little figures demonstrate the saintly characteristics of self-denial and humility. They twist and gesticulate, openly expressing their agony or their ecstasy. Their fragility may withstand hardship and torture but in the end they can be so easily crushed, martyred.

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Every day of the year certain saints are commemorated. Commonly it is their birth into heaven, the day of their death on earth, which is celebrated.

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St Cajetan – August 7th

I am presenting every day a unique, named little twig saint. To accompany each one, I am writing a brief life-story pieced together from many sources – biographers, historians and holy texts.

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St Cyriacus – August 8th

Each morning this Saint of the Day appears on Instagram, the little person and their story.

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I am placing many of my twig saints in little boxes, something like relics. The evidence of carefully preserved relics in a large number of churches proves the miraculous existence of many saints, rather like a preserved narwhal’s horn proves the existence of a unicorn.

You can follow on Instagram: @twigsaints to receive their daily visits.

By Chris Kenny. See more of the artists work here.

Aside, Peckham

There are new eateries opening up in Peckham almost every week. Aside is the newest venue from the team that brought us Old Spike Coffee Roasters, but offers so much more than a good flat white…

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This neighbourhood eatery is found within the former Peckham Assembly site, a community space established in 1986. The dining room, which seats 35, has a basic but stylish design, I particularly liked the two-tiered tables which conceal the plates and cutlery on the lower level.

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The drinks bar at Aside is already garnering a good reputation. The team here have carefully selected spirits they love and used them to create innovative and creative concoctions, perfect with food or alone. Try a whisky based Rob Roy or Aside’s take on a classic Old Fashioned.

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Along with the strong cocktails, Aside serves up vibrant food which focuses on local produce and seasonal ingredients. Particularly memorable was the creamy burrata with perfectly ripe peaches and the pretty and zesty seabass ceviche. I also loved the beautiful Bulls heart tomato with a light but intense lovage dressing, a reminder of the dwindling summer season.

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For a more substantial dish the Cod with girolles and corn was a gorgeously buttery dish. The fillet was perfectly cooked and fell apart, paired with chunks of sweetcorn and woody mushrooms. An indulgent but light plate of food. Beetroot & nasturtium was a colourful side dish, though it would have complemented a meat recipe better than the subtle fish dish.

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Desserts were the weakest part of the meal. There were two simple options and we tried one of each: Chocolate & raspberries and Blackcurrant & buttermilk. The fruity blackcurrant pudding looked pretty but tasted unexceptional with a strange combination of textures. The chocolate dessert was visually unappealing but would be a hit with chocolate lovers.

I loved the Aside experience and want to go back to try the weekend lunch menu… when it will be early enough to also indulge in a few cups of South-East London’s best coffee.

More information and book a table at Aside here.