London Design Festival 2019

Chelsea has an extraordinary design heritage and renowned for its bohemian free thinkers and creative throughout the centuries and for the very first time, will be participating in this year’s London Design Festival 2019 with the creation of the Chelsea Design District. From 14-22 September, celebrate the neighbourhood which is rich in artistry and artisan making with a series of events, experiences and talks.

Highlights include:

  • Collaboration with Caroline Issa, Monica Vinader – a series of events across London Design Festival to celebrate the collaboration, colour and distinctive design.
  • Timothy Oulton Flagship store launch at Bluebird – the daring furniture and interiors brand is launching its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, featuring its most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs, including a custom-designed spaceship.
  • I-Made at Saatchi, 19-22 September – Saatchi hosts the inaugural I-Made, London’s first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture along with talks and workshops that capture the country’s passion, innovation and craftsmanship.
  • The Art of Persuasion, the National Army Museum – major exhibition exploring the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.
  • Peter Jones & Partners presents a story of their building – Chelsea stalwart Peter Jones presents the fascinating story of its Grade II listed building, with a pop-up exhibition exploring how the shop has changed from 1877 to today, as the store prepares to renovate its iconic façade.
  • ‘The World of Kaffe Fasset’, Anthropologie – an exhibition to include new and exclusive pieces as well as treasures from the past.
  • Collaboration with Winch Design, The Rug Company – a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between The Rug Company and Winch Design
  • Waste No More, Eileen Fisher – zero-waste initiative that brings together creativity and innovation. Learn about how Eileen Fisher is changing the way clothes are made from sustainable sourcing to her innovative take-back initiative. Thursday 14 September, 6-8pm
  • Hidden Reef collection launch, Annoushka – discover the new Hidden Reef collection, inspired by the abundant textures and colours of the organic life found below the sea, and learn more about the craftsmanship behind Annoushka’s designs.
  • Series of ‘how to’ masterclasses, Little Greene – To celebrate the introduction of three new finishes for September, they will be hosting a series of ‘how to’ masterclasses at their Chelsea Showroom.
  • Drawing attention: The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings, Roca London – an exhibition curated by the professors at Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities which reveals the promise and the speculative future of drawing: its capacity to structure, imagine, realise, speculate, transform, politicise and activate the design imagination.
  • ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES, London College of Fashion – Challenging the notion of how products change and influence the world we live in, ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES exhibits selected work from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear, Pattern and Garment Technology and Fashion Future’s graduates. Private views: Thursday 19th 6-8.30pm, Friday 20th 11am-6pm, Saturday 21st 11am-6pm
  • Exclusive new Barnaby Gates tile collection, Parkside – Parkside has announced its collaborated with Barnaby Gates. Drop by their Chelsea Design Studio to be one of the first to see the new collection. Open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Peloton – your chance to experience Peloton, book an appointment at the King’s Road showroom, to try the Bike, get a personalised tutorial and learn about their Digital offering.
  • Farrow & Ball, 19 September– hands-on creative demonstrations and imaginative installations, and get bespoke advice from colour experts.
  • Lema – Presenting the highly customisable LT40 modular storage system by David Lopez Quincoces, resulting from a long conceptual study and an attentive industrial development. Visit Lema’s King’s Road Flagship Store to discover this and other new, iconic designs. Lema X LDF Cocktail Reception: Thursday 19 September – 6.30-8.30pm
  • The Ilse Crawford’s pop-up, George Smith – a pop-up exhibition space showcasing new pieces from Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with George Smith and other brands.

Pick up a copy of the London Design Festival to enjoy the area even more, popping into restaurants and bars to receive exclusive discounts in celebration of the festival. Show your guide whilst dining and indulge even more with these offers:

  • Rabbit, SW3 4UP – Receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from their vineyard in West Sussex and famous collection of ‘mouthfuls’ on arrival. Please show your guide on arrival and note the offer is only available at lunchtimes.
  • Manicomio, SW3 4LY – Renowned Italian is offering 15% off a la carte during the festival. Quote ‘LDF’ when booking.
  • Gallery Mess, SW3 4LY – arty and historic Gallery Mess is offering a 20% discount on food and drinks when you present your guide.
  • Sticks N Sushi, SW3 4NY – Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling Sake whilst dining.
  • Hans’ Bar & Grill, SW1X 0AW – Receive 15% off the total bill when dining at Hans’ Bar & Grill. It’s popular, so we recommend booking. Use quote ‘LDF2019’.
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Captain Fantastic, Feeling Fantastic

Keep the little ones occupied throughout the summer holidays can be tiring work. Bluebird are here to help you out and introduce you to their playtime partners in crime, Captain Fantastic.

On 18 August, join them to celebrate the launch of their brilliant new mental health programme for little ones – reminding you of the importance of mindfulness in and amongst all the mania.

Order of events: 

1:30-2:00pm – Arrive and mingle

2:00-2:15pm – Wellbeing talk with company owners

2.15-3:00pm – Mindfulness and wellbeing magic party

3:00-3:30pm – Disco for the children and activities for adults

3:30-4:00pm – Mingle and goodie bags

Tickets are £15 per child (including delicious food, a drink and party bag), as well as a bar and refreshments for parents on the day. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to Rays of Sunshine partner charity.

Book yours here.

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Good Friday Brunch Club

With the long Easter weekend approaching you may be looking to fill your diary, we suggest you book your ticket for the first brunch party of the season on Friday 19 April at Bluebird. Join them as they put the “oo” (la la) back into Good Friday!

Expect sexy cocktails, live music and delicious food at this year’s Club Brunch where the party will start at 11.30am through to 3pm, in proud sponsorship with Moet. The perfect start to your Easter!

Tickets are £30 and include a two course brunch and welcome cocktail. Book your spot here.

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Tiny Tea Bluebird

Tiny Tea at Bluebird

The Easter holidays are around the corner so it’s the perfect time for you to start filling your little ones’ diaries so they don’t drive you hopping mad – and who said mini people couldn’t do a proper play date? Bluebird on the King’s Road see their much-loved Tiny Tea returning from 8 April – 14 April so they too can pretend to be like adults for the day.

An afternoon tea, but for kids, includes some of their favourite tea-time treats such as ‘Decorate your own cupcake’, Nutella stuffed doughnuts and baby fruit scones – plus mini strawberry milkshakes!

Tea costs £12 per teeny tot and is suitable for those aged 3-10.

More info and booking info can be found here.

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Foodflix Movie Nights

Foodflix is back, bigger and better in 2019; a series of cinema evenings at Bluebird showing your favourites in collaborating with award-winning English botanical gin company, Martin Miller’s Gin.

Tuck into either the Bluebird Hotdog (spiced pork, pickled cabbage and chili mayo) the mushroom veggie burger when you arrive and sip away on the Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin & Tonic which come included with your ticket.

Tickets cost £25 and films start at 7pm, it is recommended that you arrive prior to this from 6.30pm. Additional food and drinks are available.

Dates

15 January – Pretty Woman

22 January – Mrs Doubtfire

29 January – Bridget Jones’ Diary

5 February – Mean Girls

12 February – Bridesmaids

19 February – When Harry Met Sally

26 February – The Full Monty.

Book your tickets here.

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Foodflix at Bluebird

This winter, book your tickets to Foodflix in the Cointreau Winter Orangery at Bluebird. Catch the classics at Bluebird’s very own cinema with delicious food and Cointreau cocktails.

30 OctoberThe Greatest Showman

6 NovemberDreamgirls

13 NovemberMoulin Rouge

20 NovemberWhiplash

27 NovemberLove Actually

4 DecemberThe Holiday

The menu includes a Bluebird hotdog, spiced pork, pickled cabbage and chilli mayo or indulge in a mushroom, edamame burger with sriracha mayo and baby gem lettuce.

Films start at 7pm but we suggest you arrive a little earlier to get comfortable. Tickets, at £25pp and more information can be found here.

 

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White Winter Wonderland at Bluebird

This winter, Narnia arrives at Bluebird bringing a white wonderland with three cosy, heated wooden chalets. Book your chalet for up to 10 people and enjoy delicious Ketel One cocktails boozy hot chocolates and a warming alpine menu of fondues and indulgent Christmas treats as you take in your beautiful surroundings.

More information can be found here, or call 02075591000 to book.

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Singapore Supper Club: Corner House X Operation Dagger

D&D London have joined forces with the Singapore Tourism board to host an exciting three night supper club series from Michelin Starred chefs and mixologists from the world’s 50 best bars in Singapore. From 4 – 6 October, enjoy a #TasteOfSingapore at Bluebird Chelsea.

Jason Tan, founder of Singapore’s renowned ‘Corner House’ restaurant and Sasha Wijidesa, mixologist from Operation Dagger, which is number 24 on the list of the World’s Best Bars, will be pairing their culinary magic at Bluebird to give you with an exciting dining experience.

Enjoy carbinero prawns, Orkney scallops and iberico pork as well as delicious cocktails including ‘Salty Dog’ (Sea Buckthorn Sake, Kelp Vermouth, Yuzu, Lemon Verbena and Fig Leaf) and ‘Pineapple Ginger Wine’ (Pineapple Sour Cream Caramel, Tonka Bean, Ginger, Tartanic Acid). Menus are £48 for three courses or £68 with cocktail pairings.

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Royal Ascot on Screen

Catch one of the biggest horse race meetings of the year on screen this June at Bluebird. Watch all four days of some of the world’s finest racehorses competing for the coveted awards sat in the gorgeous terrace at Bluebird; the perfect alternative to being track-side itself.

They will be serving cream teas and champagne throughout the week as a delicious accompaniment to cheering your favourite horse to victory.

For more info, visit Bluebird.

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The Royal Wedding at Bluebird

Somehow our invitations got lost to the wedding of our new favourite Royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so we are looking for exciting ways for one last lust after Prince Harry.

Bluebird’s café and courtyard will be dressed and decked with bunting on 19 May for the celebrations. Book your tickets for a full screening of the wedding followed by a live DJ from 4pm. The BBQ will be in action all day serving everything from all day brunch specials, burgers to strawberries and cream, and for that celebratory toast, enjoy the exclusive Botanist Royal Wedding cocktail.

Tickets cost £25 for full entrance and a glass of bubbles.

Don’t miss out on the party! Book here now.

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