Well hello Spring — nice to see you in full blossom. Let’s celebrate. It is, of course, only obligatory to rejoice with all these vibrant colours and flavours that spring has to offer. Lucky for us, because throughout all of May and June D&D London are offering the perfect way to revel in such atmosphere too — their #BlossomCity initiative will showcase the arrival of the new season with a range of floral-inspired menus, cocktails and art installations. A number of their restaurants will be taking part and offer a number of stunning dishes and drinks inspired by nature; it’s guaranteed to be a feast for all the senses.
Take for instance, Coq D’Argent. In collaboration with iconic florists McQueens, their infamous rooftop garden will be transformed into a gorgeous display of unique terrarium installations. This will coincide with an amazing flower-inspired menu created by head chef Damien Rigollet, such as Baked Poitou Goat’s Cheese with rose petals, heritage beetroot, honey and truffles and even a remarkable dessert that comes served in a terrarium and combines coffee biscuit, mousse, sorbet, crumble, fudge with lavender and micro honey cress.
A keen photographer? Well you could be in luck here. Submit your photos of Coq d’Argent’s terrariums for a chance to win Saturday Brunch for two and a McQueen’s mini terrarium jar to decorate yourself. To enter, guests must Tweet @coqdargent1 and @mcqueensflowers with their image and the hastag #BlossomCity. Whichever entrant receives the most re-tweets will win.
Over in Canary Wharf, Plateau will take art and place it in your cocktail. Intrigued? From 1st – 31st May, a series of original floral artworks by artists by artists Nel Whatmore, Julia Ogden and Kelly Jane will be on display and the bar team will serve four creative cocktails inspired by the works.
Over at Old Bengal Bar on Liverpool Street, you can forget about your worries and your strife… with their cocktails taking inspiration from The Jungle Book. Suitably named after the characters from the famous story, they range from a gin-based Mowgli, a fruity Father Wolf, to a Baloo — a vibrant, red blend of strawberries, rose water and Ketel One Vodka. The #BlossomCity cocktails will all be garnished with edible flowers to further evoke the jungle theme and be priced at only £7 during ‘Flower Hour’ — every weekday from 5pm – 7pm. And at that rate, you’ll be the man-cub who wants to stay in the jungle.
German Gymnasium are breaking away from their German/Austrian influences ever-so-slightly with their Meister Bar creating some refreshing additions to their already impressive cocktail menu. We’re keen to try the particularly British tipple, the Kent Jelly Jar. Scented with jasmine blossom, it’s evocative of “The Garden of England”, and is a mix of British spring flavours, including Tanqueray 10, rhubarb liqueur and fresh apple juice. They traverse even further across the globe to Asia: the Ikebana is based on the Japanese art of flower arranging and blends Tanqueray 10, elderflower cordial, matcha and lemon juice and is garnished with a single, edible orchid.
Spring never tasted so good.
#BlossomCity initiative will run throughout all of May & June.
Visit D&D London for more details on each of the respective restaurants.
Note: D&D London restaurants will be raising funds for the Lady Garden campaign and add a discretionary £1 donation to each table bill during the #BlossomCity campaign.