I discovered a hack to the Instagram algorithm… the secret key to unlocking the engagement that us bloggers are looking for.
The answer was actually simple… one word – wisteria. Yes, that beautiful purple hanging plant. Everyone has #wisteriahysteria so simply post a picture of wisteria and the likes will come flocking. Having seen pictures of the beautiful Aubaine restaurant in Selfridge’s I had to get a picture on my floral feed and an invitation to try the mother’s day brunch was the perfect opportunity. Now quite honestly I gasped and my heart did a little happy dance when I saw the beautiful interior of Aubaine, the wisteria covered ceiling really is so pretty.
The furnishings and table setting are beautiful too, it’s perfectly feminine making the Selfridge’s setting totally ideal. It’s actually in the shoe department, does it get any better? The usual menu here and in the other seven London restaurants is a nod to modern French cuisine with dishes such a croque monsieur, lobster brioche and salade de chèvre chaud bringing to mind the French bistro culture.
The afternoon tea menu is an utter bargain at £15 and includes a selection off finger sandwiches made up of chicken, avocado and basil, ham and cheese, smoked salmon and cucumber and brie and truffle. There’s big fluffy scones too with jam and clotted cream…
But everyone really comes for the cake don’t they? There’s a chocolate and peanut s’more, a dulce de leche eclair, raspberry tart, pecan brownie and carrot cake. It’s very generous for the £15 price tag and for £5 you can add prosecco, champagne is £10.
If you’re in the market for a great gift, take a walk about ten minutes down the road to Pulbrook & Gould, one of London’s most luxurious florists for over 60 years. Founded by Lady Susan Pulbrook and Rosamund Gould in 1956.
With the highest quality florals and an A-list of contacts, the business flourished and the first shop was established on Sloane Street in 1957. Pulbrook & Gould soon started winning extremely high profile contracts such as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and the wedding of HRH Princess Alexandra.
Lady Pulbrook spearheaded the business until her retirement in 2000, aged 94. In 2014, Pulbrook & Gould relocated to this gorgeous shop in South Audley Street sharing the space with Thomas Goode purveyors of fine china, glass and silver. There’s also a spectacular show room in Battersea for bespoke consultation for events and interior design projects.
As well as these gorgeous fresh flowers, Pulbrook & Gould produce incredibly realistic silk flowers to enhance interiors. Honestly I couldn’t tell what was real and what was faux!
The store is an absolute feast for the eye with colour pops everywhere as well as gorgeous vases and sculptures! The perfect place to buy a gift for mother’s day.
400 Oxford Street
At Thomas Goode
19 South Audley Street
020 7730 0030
I was a guest of Aubaine and Pulbrook & Gould.