On 17th May sketch in Mayfair launched the second edition of its Mayfair Flower Show, presenting the most whimsical garden outside of Chelsea, right in the heart of London.
In homage to the annual RHS flower show, sketch presents the second edition of the Mayfair Flower Show with Diptyque and Pommery. Running concurrently to the Chelsea event from 17th to 29th May, this year’s exhibition has transformed No.9 Conduit Street into an oasis of colour and scent, with immersive gardens by five of London’s leading florists.
Each ‘garden’ celebrates the British Landscape with bold designs and explores their personal relationship with sketch whilst showcasing their craft, passion and dedication to the environment. Within the sketch building there are large scale installations by some of London’s leading florists, including Rebel Rebel, Tony Marklew, Carly Rogers, Figa and Co and JamJar. Each florist has created an immersive garden, installed throughout the interiors and facade of the former Dior atelier on Conduit Street.
To compliment the exhibition, the legendary French perfume house Diptyque has paired the rich scents of the flora throughout the restaurant with its much-loved Cypres blend. Warm tints of honey and resin create a fragrance that is both green and woody, like the freshly crushed needles from the cypress tree. For a fully immersive experience sketch has created a cocktail inspired by Cypres, a fresh, green and woody serve, aptly named Pique-a-Pine (Plymouth Gin, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, Green Chartreuse, Skinos Mastikha, Aromatic Tonic, Cypress Mist, £17).
To celebrate proceedings, award-winning milliner Piers Atkinson has created a line of bespoke floral headpieces, to be worn by front of house ambassadors throughout the show.
More information here.
It is always a treat to walk into a Hakkasan Restaurant. The lighting is low, the scent of incense is intense and the staff make you feel you have arrived at the venue for a special occasion. So when I was invited to try the new Tea and Dim Sum lunch menu at Hakkasan Mayfair, I asked my dad to join me and we set a date in the diary.
The Tea and Dim Sum menu is available from 12 noon to 6.15 pm everyday at Hakkasan Mayfair and costs £42.00 per person. For that price you receive this menu of dim sum favourites:
Char sui bun
XO scallop and prawn dumpling
Black truffle and chicken roll
Baked venison puff
Crispy beancurd cheung fun
Desserts – Matcha apple custard bun, Seasonal fruit platter and Macarons
Tea – a choice of Dragons Well Tea or White Peony Tea
We both chose to order the White Peony Tea which has a wonderfully delicate flavour, the perfect warm but refreshing drink to complement the strong dim sum dishes. The menu has a selection of familiar recipes I’ve tried and loved before and a few new additions. Every bite is so carefully made and cooked we relished it all, but favourites included; the irresistible Baked venison puffs which were made of buttery pastry and filled with sweet and tender meat, Crispy beancurd cheung fun, a celebration of different textures with an aromatic sauce and Stir-fry asparagus which was blissfully simple but utterly delicious.
Chinese desserts can be a bit hit or miss but at Hakkasan the pastry chefs are always en point. A platter of immaculate cakes and fruit arrived for us to indulge in, including beautiful little macarons flavoured with salted caramel and vanilla.
The Tea and Dim Sum menu is a great way to sample the best of the Hakkasan offering. Pop in for a tasty lunch in between gallery viewing or shopping in the area.
More information and book a table for Tea and Dim Sum Lunch Menu here.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Bilbao, as it is often considered as an afterthought to San Sebastian, but I was pleasantly surprised… the city is easily walkable, full of neighbourhood bars and cafes and has a number of prolific museums and galleries. Most notable, of course, is the impressive Guggenheim which many tourists visit the city for alone. If you are visiting for this reason the best place to stay is Hotel Miro, a stylish design hotel located just across the road from the famous modern art museum.
Hotel Miro is quietly sophisticated with minimalist decor and striking design features. This inspiring hotel was created by designer Antonio Miro, and remains one of the few 4-star boutique hotels in town. Guests staying have access to the Miro bicycles and also are welcome to help themselves to tea and coffee in the lounge whenever they wish.
We were on the fifth floor in Room 52, a petite but well organised room. The bedroom was decorated in subtle shades of neutral white and beige with a touch of vibrant colour on the bed from the velvet red pillows. A large window let in plenty of daylight while also providing panoramic views of the amazing Guggenheim architecture.
The bathroom was small with a toilet, sink and powerful rain shower. Hotel Miro uses toiletries from luxury English brand Gilchrist & Soames, that smelt delicious and felt very nourishing for my hair.
In the morning we opted for the ‘Brown Bread Bag’ breakfast. This in-room service is a lovely touch and gave us the chance to relax in the room while enjoying the views with a delicious continental breakfast. The delivery included flaky mini pastries and freshly-baked bread, fruit salad, yoghurt & granola, coffee and fresh juice.
Despite the small room sizes, this chic hotel feels luxurious and homely. Within walking distance of the Guggenheim, the main shopping areas and the eclectic old town, it is the perfect place to rest your head during a short mini-break.
More information and book a stay at Hotel Miro here.