There's nothing like an extra-long weekend, a royal celebration, an abundance of blooms and a glass of floral fizz to make you feel nostalgically British.
Several of London's boroughs, including Belgravia, are hosting floral festivals with local businesses putting on impressive floral displays and events. The Judith Blacklock Flower School has installed a stunning maypole complete with ribbons and flower garlands and have partnered with Corte Molino to provide a bespoke summery cocktail garnished with flowers.
Judith comments, “Many a gardener loves the springtime when the flowers are blooming. After the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was cancelled in 2020 and postponed in 2021, it is even more apt this year to see the beloved show return once more with the Belgravia in Bloom celebrations. Therefore, I chose the traditional Maypole to symbolise this tradition returning and am delighted to partner with Corte Molino to offer guests a celebratory drink when they visit us.”
We went along to a cocktail masterclass to see how the Bloom of Belgravia cocktail is built and to try it for ourselves. The Corte Molino rosé prosecco has on-theme notes of ripe red berries and blossom - even without the floral garnish. Sound too sweet? Try their prosecco extra dry.
Tucked away just off a little square in Belgravia, the Flower School's maypole transforms the courtyard into a corner of the English countryside. If you fancy a gentle stroll after lunch, pop along and admire the maypole then check out the QR code for some interactive goodies and a map of other displays in the area.
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