You only need to look at my Instagram profile to see how much I love flowers…so hearing about Belgravia in Bloom was something that got me very excited. Belgravia is local to me and somewhere I often explore during the weekend so I’d already spotted the new flower installations celebrating Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Frida’s Belgravia in Bloom has been inspired by ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up,’ a new exhibition at the V&A and beautiful floral arrangements can be found adorning the windows and doorways of shops and hotels around Elizabeth Street, Motcomb Street, Pimlico Road and Eccleston Yards.
I met up with Laura opposite a place many of you will already be familiar with… Instagram sensation Peggy Porschen. A place dear to my heart anyway as I bought my wedding cake from here.
Eye-catching installations have turned Les Senteurs into London’s most Instagrammable perfume shop and the brand new lemon tree gives Belgravia Amalfi vibes.
Moyses Stevens is one of London’s top luxury florists, and they take the installations even further with a ceiling full of blooms! There’s a few other beautiful floral artworks around Belgravia but I’ll keep those a surprise and take you into Frida’s Parlour, and interactive social space also hosting a range of workshops.
Laura and I attended a flower crown making work shop taught by the wonderful Judith Blacklock founder of The Judith Blacklock Flower School. We were taught how to carefully glue the leaves to the headband and then apply the flowers. When were finished it was time for a few selfies just before heading off to dinner at the newly opened Jones Family Kitchen in Eccleston Yard.
Though I live in the area I’ve only recently heard about Eccleston Yards, it’s a reclaiming yard that has been turned into a creative working hub with dining, shopping and well being facilities. Brand new to the area is Jones Family Kitchen, an off shoot of the original restaurant in Shoreditch.
Sticking with our floral theme, Laura selected the most Instagrammable cocktail, Silent Pool Gin, Belsazar rose, strawberry purée, pineapple juice, lemon juice, rose and honey syrup with egg white whilst I had a summer blend of prosecco and mint. You can see the large Frida Kahlo mural as part of Belgravia in Bloom in background.
My charcoal-grilled asparagus was perfect and was locally sourced from Markham Farm, served with romesco and parmesan.
Laura went for Jones beef tartare and truffle emulsion, crispy onion and beef dripping toast. The ingredients were of high quality but neither of us had seen a beef tartare with tomato before so that came as a surprise.
I opted for the catch of the day, a beautifully cooked pollock with grilled cauliflower and artichoke. Laura’s hearty Tamworth pork belly was slow braised and served with barley, peas and bacon. We both really enjoyed the food at Jones Family Kitchen and I’m excited to have this local to me – the terrace will be perfect for sunny weekend lunches with Mr S!
Entry to Frida’s Parlour (141 Ebury Street SW1W 9QW) is free from 10am-6pm from Wed-Sat until 16 June. All workshops are ticketed.
I was a guest for Frida’s Parlour and Jones Family Kitchen