Chilgrove Gin Tasting

Along Chelsea’s beautifully curated artisan street, Pavilion Road, sits Pavilion Wine, the wonderfully established wine shop overflowing with delicious wines perfect for every occasion.

On 14, 21 and 28 August at 7.30pm, join for a complimentary Chilgrove Gin tasting evening.

Chilgrove Gin is created in a sleepy hamlet in the Sussex countryside using an unusual technique and is made of Sussex grown botanicals and distilled from grapes. Its smooth and balanced taste is perfect, irrespective of occasion or season so why not book your spot to discover more.

 

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Pity

The latest play to land at the Royal Court in Sloane Square is Rory Mullarkey’s new play which asks whether things are really getting worse, and if we care.

 

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably).

Tickets are from £12, book yours here.

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From India with Love…

A small, beautiful Indian inspired and exquisitely decorated herd of elephants have arrived on Sloane Square. Decorated by some of India’s finest artists, designers and creative talents, they are part of the Elephant Family’s latest fundraising campaign entitled ‘from India with love’.

On display from 26 June to 18 July, the aim of this beautiful installation is to firstly, throw a kaleidoscope of colour across London as well as spread a strong conservation message for the protection of endangered Asian elephants. With as few as 40,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild, this smaller London herd of 30 sculptures is a gentle reminder that there has never been a more urgent need to protect animals at the threat of extinction.

Whilst visiting, you are able to get up close with the elephants. Share their message with the hashtags: #elephantparadelondon and #fromlondonwithlove

If you are an aspiring elephant adopter, you have the opportunity to bid for your favourite elephant in an online auction here. All money raised from the online auction and the live auction of the Concours d’elephant Cavalcade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 28 June, will support conservation projects across Asia.

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Chelsea Summer Fete

This Saturday, 23 June, the Chelsea Summer Fete returns for an even bigger celebration of summer.

For those enjoying a sunny staycation in the Capital this summer, come to Chelsea for day of entertainment, perfect to enjoy with family and friends. From 10am – 6pm across Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road, welcome in the sunny season with traditional fete fun, delicious food and drink and fabulous live music programmed by Cadogan Hall.

At Duke of York Square, grab some food and a glass of fizz from the Fine Food Market and head to the running track, open for picnics. Chelsea FC will be onside to help with those footie skills, Sharky & George are hosting the ultimate summer party throughout the afternoon, Ham Polo Club will be on hand to help perfect your swing and Peter Jones will be out and about with storytelling and garden games for all the family. Don’t miss out on the fantastic stalls as well hosted by Chelsea Physic Garden, the National Army museum and all the traditional games you’d expect from your favourite summer fete! Visit Pavilion Road for face painting and a fantastic BBQ to fill you up of for your fun day ahead as well as many other treats and games, perfect for all the family.

Download a leaflet and map of what’s going on across the area here.

 

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London’s Best Bakery

Country & Townhouse have been doing their research into London’s best bakeries and what was top of the list you ask? Pavilion Road’s Bread Ahead.

This place is a real doughy delight offering the best cakes, bakes and breads but you really haven’t tried anything until you’ve tried their filled doughnuts which Country & Townhouse have described as the “stuff of legend”. They’re piped with vanilla, chocolate, jam or honeycomb custard and sprinkled with sugar and occasionally they bring out a seasonal offer, the hot-cross-doughnut was not to be missed.

If you’re a keen baker yourself, they also offer a fantastic selection of baking courses to get stuck into. Find out more on their website. Or if you’d rather bake from home, Country & Townhouse tracked down their famous doughnut recipe so you too can give them a go.

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Father’s Day in Chelsea

If you haven’t already planned something special to treat your father on this special day, here are some of our top suggestions from around the area…

 

 

Chelsea’s vibrant and unique artisan quarter, Pavilion Road, is home to Pavilion Wines. This beautiful place is filled floor to ceiling with adventurous bottles to discover and sip from. Why not take your father for an afternoon of wine tasting? With charcuterie and cheeseboards on offer, where better to spend a Sunday.

 

The Phene, Chelsea institution famed for their piece-de-resistance, the beautiful garden, is a wonderful pub and even perfect for the Dad on a health-kick. Just mention ‘Old Tom’ whilst book lunch or dinner on Sunday 17 June for fathers to receive a free Old Tom Collins and be in with a chance to win a tour around Hayman’s shiny new Gin distillery in Balham. Tuck into pub delights – juicy burgers and Sunday lunch with all the trimmings – or something a bit more delicate – lobster or delicious roast aubergine to make this day a treat all round.

 

Every man loves a burger which is why Bluebird are serving a fantastic Beef & Truffle Burger, chips and Chelsea Blond across the café, the terrace and the restaurant upstairs. Book a table, enjoy a delicious meal and even enjoy your fathers favourite tipple at the bar afterwards.

 

If they don’t take your fancy, enjoy the Daddy of all dishes – Beef Wellington – or a mouthwatering three course menu at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill on Park Walk. For only £55 a person, enjoy three courses and unlimited sides, from burnt out sliders or burrata followed by 28 day 14oz T-Bone or grilled salmon from the Scottish loch Duart farm and satisfy your sweet tooth with sticky whisky pudding, served with sea salt ice cream. If you’re craving the King of meals, and Gordon’s signature dish, order the Beef Wellington (£80 for two), and you won’t go wrong.

Enjoy!

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Notes from the End

Coming to the Royal Court theatre this June is Anna Deavere-Smith, in her first performance in London for 25 years.

Drawing from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff caught up in America’s poverty to prison pipelineth, this Obie-Award winning solo performance, ‘Notes from the End’ shines a light on a lost generation of American youth and exposes a justice system that pushes youth of colour living in poverty out of the classroom and into prison.

On show from 13 – 23 June. Book your tickets here.

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Open Garden Squares Weekend

It’s time to feed your curiosity and explore Chelsea’s secret, private and little-known about gardens over this very special weekend. Across the country over 200 gardens, normally closed from public eye, will be open and Cadogan Place North and Cadogan Place South are some of them.

Purchase tickets on the gates (£4) or full weekend tickets here and grab the chance to visit one of Chelsea’s best kept secrets. Throughout the weekend listen to music from a jazz group, The Jonny Mansfield Trio, enjoy artists demonstrations from the London Fine Art Studio and eat delicious food from The Rib Room at Jumeriah Carlton Tower. This is a beautiful space to settle down for a picnic and relax on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The garden can be found on Sloane Street, just up from Sloane Square on the right hand side. You won’t be able to miss the beautiful greenery!

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Chelsea in Bloom 2018

Chelsea in Bloom 21- 26 May

Chelsea in Bloom is back! The annual floral festival returns from 21 – 26 May. Duke of York Square, the King’s Road, Pavilion Road, Sloane Square and Sloane Street will be transformed as, in the biggest year yet, over 60 shops, restaurants and hotels compete in this year’s competition to create beautiful displays with fresh flowers. This year’s theme is ‘Summer of Love’; inspired by the romance of the Royal Wedding, as well as a wider concept embracing the original ‘summer of love’ in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. It is a theme rooted in the local area – from the Palace to the King’s Road. Plus don’t miss the huge giant floral love heart taking place in the Square, blasting everyone with love from day-to-night.

Now in its 13th year, Chelsea in Bloom is the complementary alternative to the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy Sloane Square’s ‘Wedding Breakfast’ and pop up bar from The Botanist, where you can pen your best wishes to the Royal couple – before popping them in a giant heart at Duke of York Square – we will make sure they get delivered the Palace! Pavilion Road will host a giant floral wedding ring and Sloane Street will be graced by regal swans.

In it’s biggest year yet, there are a lot of sights to take in. Explore at your leisure with a self-guided tour using one of the  Chelsea in Bloom maps; pick yours up the Information Point on Sloane Square or soon to be downloadable from the website. Or why not enjoy being chauffeured in an exclusive Chelsea in Bloom rickshaw tour; the next best alternative to the Royal carriage. To book your, visit the Information Point.

For more information on what’s going on or to vote for your ‘People’s Champion’, visit the Chelsea in Bloom website. Don’t forget to share your wonderful images throughout the week using the hashtag #ChelseaInBloom

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Rado Kirov: The Mercury Effect

From 18 May – 17 June, Rado Kirov will be showing his collection entitled the ‘Mercury Effect’ at the Pontone Gallery.

Rado Kirov is a Bulgarian artist who had developed a burgeoning interest in  sculpture which saw him  using his coppersmith talents to grow and extent his practice. In 2012, he perfected a technique to manipulate sheets of stainless steel by hand. This exhibition will demonstrate is talents and the impact that sculpture can have.

Using the inherent physical properties of the metal, he creates a striking 3D surface that dynamically mirrors its surroundings. Pieces look like quicksilver caught in flow – and so evolved the ‘mercury effect’.

The sculptures consist of wall-mounted reliefs and free standing sculptures – all fabricated from stainless steel with highly polished surfaces. Some are geometric, some explicitly furniture life and others are beads or droplets of formless matter. His latest development on show are reliefs which reference the sensuous surfaces of the human body. Each piece suggests something is forever moving and unstable with a material that is hard and fixed.

 

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