London Craft Week: Artisan Chelsea

Returning for its fifth year, London Craft Week returns to London for a magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill and Chelsea is delighted to be part of it. Celebrating the masters of creativity, Artisan Chelsea will join a curated programme of events which will allow you meet the markers and gain access to exclusive exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.

The Weave Workshop at Anya Hindmarch, 9 May & 11 May

  • See the brand’s craftspeople demonstrate the intricate weaving technique used to create the Neeson Collection. Weave your own design to take home. Booking necessary.

Macgregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass at Bentley’s, 8-11 May

  • Join traditional leather craftsmen, Neil Macgregor and Valerie Michael as they recreate a Victorian Gladstone bag and reveal their techniques. Booking not necessary.

An Emporium of British Craftsmanship at Smythson, 8 May

  • Discover Smythson’s rich and rather curious craftsmanship history and enjoy a rare glimpse of how each piece is brought to life. Join them for a glass of champagne in this one-of-a-kind workshop. Booking not necessary.

Liberty Shorts-Making Workshop at The Fashion School, 12 May

  • Join The Fashion School in Chelsea, a hub of responsible fashion, to make a pair of beach or bed shorts in signature Liberty-printed fabric. Beginner friendly, booking necessary.

Artisan Ice-Cream Tasting at Ice Cream Union, 8-10 May

  • Learn how artisan ice creams are produced and how it differs from industrially produced varieties. Booking necessary.

The Craft of Cheesemaking at London Cheesemongers, 8-9 May

  • In a delicious tasting, discover examples from producers and maturers who work tirelessly to turn a variable raw ingredient into a household favourite, cheese. The tasting will substitute as a light meal, including 6-10 cheese, bread biscuits and interesting wines and beers. Booking necessary (18+).

Designing a Jewel in Support of Horatio’s Garden at Cassandra Goad, 8 May

  • To celebrate the work of Horatio’s Garden, a charity which helps spinal injury patients in NHS hospitals, Cassandra Goad launches her new quote pendant, inscribed with inspiring words from the family of the charity’s’ namesake. Booking necessary.

Making Chelsea: A Talk and Tour on Curating a Characterful Area, 11 May

  • Crafting the neighbourhood for over 300 year – from exquisite detailing on historic buildings to the wider urban environment, past to present, micro to macro – join Cadogan to discover Chelsea from the perspective of the craftsmen who made it.

Restoring a London Legend at Belmond Cadogan, date TBC

  • Following a historic renovation, the Belmond Cadogan Hotel reopened this year. Rediscover the London legend with an afternoon tea or cocktail at Adam Handling Chelsea.

 

 

 

 

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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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Easter Chocolate Market

Make sure you mark Saturday 13 April in your diaries – the day Duke of York Square becomes a complete haven for chocoholics!

The weekly fine food market will see London’s finest chocolatiers descend on the Square, overseen by the statue of Sir Hans Sloane – who notably introduced milk chocolate to Europe!

The market will be open from 10am – 4pm with a selection of special artisan chocolate market stalls –

  • Sir Hans Sloane Chocolate
  • Susie Keane
  • Diana David
  • Peacoc
  • Lavolio
  • Baci from Speciality Foods (offering iconic Italian Chocolate)
  • Bad Brownies
  • London Chocolate

In addition to these delicious additions, a number of the much-loved regulars will be offering exclusive innovation chocolate decision. An extensive array of mouth-watering treats for sugar-fiends will be available including chocolate sushi from Aki Maki, chocolate flavoured Vietnamese spring rolls from Rao Deli, 10 different flavours of chocolate fudge from Cookies and Creams, as well as chocolate Guiness cake from Nick Fu – just to name a few!

Head into Partridges to carry on your chocolate travels where four Royal Warrant holders will showcase some of their finest cocoa offerings; include Prestat, Bedicks, Charbonnel and Walker, alongside freshly made chocolate flavoured Chelsea Buns.

See you there!

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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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Model Holding a Bazaar Bag c. 1959 - Mary Quant archive

Mary Quant Exhibition

This April, the first international retrospective on the inspirational British fashion designer, Mary Quant, opens at the V&A with the King’s Road proud to be the leading sponsor.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition explores 1955-1975 and the years in which she revolutionised the high street whilst harnessing the youthful spirit of the 60s. 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs – many of which have never been on display before – will be on display, showcasing Quant as a role model for women, challenging conventions and popularising the mini skirts, coloured tights and tailored trousers. The fashion icon inspired young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by mothers and grandmothers and the show will explore some of her most memorable moments, from receiving her OBE to the evolution of rising hemlines.

From her small boutique, Bazaar on the King’s Road, to leading international label, Mary Quant revolutionised British Fashion with energy, flair and rebellion.

Book your tickets here – and take a stroll along the King’s Road to be part of the history!

#WeWantQuant

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Fi Katzler: Here and There

From 2-27 April, the solo show of Fi Katzler will be on display at the Cricket Fine Art Gallery. Comprising of over 40 oil paintings, expect a paean of praise for the beauty in beaches, mountains, olive groves, lobsters and more. With a fondness for confronting nature directly, Fi Katzler paints ‘en plein air’, which gives her work an innate vibrancy.

More information available here.

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Peggy Porschen Opens on the King’s Road

This spring, Chelsea welcomes a new pastel parlour to the King’s Road. In a striking fairy-tale pink, Peggy Porschen opens its doors offering a new all-day dining concept and private event space allowing visitors to relax and enjoy the delicious sweet treats.

The Salon, the Lounge and the Pink Peony Bar all offer beautiful backdrops surrounded by flowers to enjoy the new all-day dining menu, and of course her renowned cakes and bakes. As well as the dreamy sweet treats on offer in the picturesque décor, cake lovers can delight in watching one of Peggy’s resident cake artists at the “live chef’s station” and witness award winning sugar craft and decoration techniques.

Picking your favourite will be tough – so we suggest to try them all. Menu favourites will of course be present, including the ‘Best Cupcake in London’ (according Time Out); Banoffee, a banana chocolate chip sponge with banana and toffee centre, topped with banana frosting and a slice of fresh banana. The menu will of course have seasonal highlights, including the Speckled Nest Vanilla Cloud Cake; wonderfully light and fluffy vanilla chiffon sponge baked with real vanilla, layered with pink meringue buttercream and finished with speckles and a mini egg chocolate nest on top. Tummy rumbling just at the sound? Check out the full menu here. Keep your eyes peeled for the all-day dining menu arriving in Summer!

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Matcha Express!

If you don’t know where to begin with matcha, start at T2 Tea.

Ever wanted to learn all the tips and tricks for this highly-prized powdered elixir? T2 are running Matcha Express sessions in-store every Saturday from February 16 until April 6 so you can whisk it like a pro. There’s no need to book, just pop in to T2 Tea between 12pm – 1pm every Saturday throughout those dates – there’s a  session every 20 minutes!

 

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It’s the Surreal Thing

From 15 March – 14 April, visit Saatchi to see an exhibition of new works by the artist, Sr. X in the Prints & Originals Gallery.

These works are striking and unforgettable, created both in the streets and in the studio. He employs retro imagery, pop culture icons, surrealist twists and dada mischief to produce his works of satirical brilliance. Sr. X subverts the constant advertising that we are exposed to and the images of aspirational perfection that are directed at us all.

These works on display were created in the last six month and reveal Sr. X’s staggering imagination. He uses creativity as a weapon against conformism and the sugary sweet diet of contemporary consumerism. Familiar elements remain such as pulp magazine portraits, cartoon figures and advertising slogans.

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Hottest new opening in Chelsea: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

After a historic renovation, the wait is finally over for the hottest opening in Chelsea; Sloane Street’s Belmond Cadogan Hotel. It’s walls tell incredible tales from glamour to scandal, from Oscar Wilde to Lillie Langtry and now it re-opens in the heart of Chelsea offering a luxury home-from-home retreat in its next chapter.

It’s impressive doors on Sloane Street, with doormen dressed in uniforms reminiscent of 1960s London and the Mary Quant King’s Road era welcome you in to a roaring fireplace and sweeping staircase leading up to the 54 bedrooms. Impressive details include a bronze cast of 600 books, honouring Oscar Wilde’s story, and 400 pieces of original artwork lining the walls, commissioned from mostly British artists paying homage to the artistic enclave that is the Belmond Cadogan. Further details and playful touches, include Oscar the peacock, glittering in Swarovski crystals and the bespoke tea sets and hand-knitted tea cosies in bedrooms.

The “Best of British” dining is led by Head Chef, Adam Handling, and guests can expect daringly modern and innovative recipes which are enhanced by the restaurants sustainability ethos. Expect theatrical dishes such as Lamb Wellington and his signature creation, Truffle Cheese Doughnuts.

Each of the 54 bedrooms and suites are unique and offer nothing bust the most exception experience for guests. Working fireplaces, large bathrooms with deep, freestanding roll-top baths with bespoke book and champagne holders ensure a home-from-home experience for guests. Each guest also has private access, through 21 Pont Street, as well as access to the exclusive Cadogan Place Gardens so they too can feel like a Chelsea resident.

For more info and to book, visit their website here.

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