Chelsea’s Coolest Ice Cream Spots

With the beautiful sunshine looking like it’s going to stay, everyone is after an ice cream and ice cream cravings cannot be taken lightly! So we’ve put together a list of the coolest local ice cream spots, so you will be s’creaming for more…

 

Head to Amorino on the King’s Road for an authentic gelato experience. This hotspot does remind you that ice cream really can make you happy. from sorbet, smoothies, grozen granitas, milkshakes, ice creams and ice cream macaroons, their offering is extensive. The highlight is their handcrafted floral shaped ice cream. Enjoy blooming marvellous flavours of strawberries and cream, blueberry cheesecake, tiramisu, lime and basil, and more!

Venchi, a tiny bit further down the King’s Road, has over 140 years of Italian heritage and expert gelato making experience. The ‘Cuor di Cacao’ is a must trya; a frozen gelato served with an extra dark chocolate base, milk, cream and devilishly delicious chocolate sprinklings.

Duke of York Square’s latest arrival is the Magnum Pleasure Store. Head in to create your Magnum masterpiece with experts on hand to dip in an outer shell of your choice and colour and cover it with toppings galore. Don’t forget to Instagram before you demolish it!

The Pan N Ice pop-up is a must-visit too, up on the 5th floor in Harvey Nichols. Making ice rolls in front of your very eyes, these unique creations need to be tried this summer – heatwave or not. On 7 July, they will also be offering 100 free ice creams to lucky shoppers, so don’t miss out!

 

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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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Afternoon tea, Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Jumeirah Carlton Tower wins Afternoon Tea of the Year

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, just off Sloane Street, has one the coveted prize of Afternoon Tea of the Year 2018 and Harpers Bazaar agrees too!

Competing in a live cook off against 100 other hotels, their task was to create the most delicious afternoon tea in 30 minutes as if preparing for a guest. Their ‘Symphony’ afternoon tea was the winning entry; inspired by the movements of a Symphonic orchestra and from the resident harpist which serenades diners throughout the afternoon. Their contemporary take a on a classic saw judges try savoury brioche treats of smoked salmon with duck egg mayonnaise and on the sweeter side, a mini tiramisu with whipped coffee ganache, a Sicilian pistachio éclair with cranberry compote and a coconut and lemongrass sorbet to cleanse the palette.

For the summer months, the pastry team have created a British Summer Season Afternoon Tea to celebrate the special events which take place across the country including Royal Ascot, The Proms, Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon. Enjoy spinach bread with asparagus, basil and rosary goats cheese. For something a little sweeter, enjoy treats from the Season, “The Perfect Serve”; a Wimbledon white chocolate crema tart with apricot compote and lemon truffle tennis ball or maybe “The Bookies Favourite” will take the top spot for you; banana and chocolate brownie with peanut butter cream top hat, inspired by Royal Ascot.

Afternoon tea is served in the Chinoiserie Lounge daily at £45 per person or £55 with a glass of Champagne. Book your table 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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La Mia Mamma – New Italian to Open

Keep your eyes peeled for the new Italian set to open on the King’s Road on 15 June – La Mia Mamma.

The new spot in Chelsea has a new style where they are introducing a rotating residency of different Italian chefs; the ‘Mammas’! Each chef will focus on a different Italian region so get set for different dishes and flavours every three months when a new region is in focus and a new chef in place.

Kicking off is Lidia Romeo from Sicily. Expect a menu of arancini, pasta all roma and more Sicilian cuisine and delicious cocktails from the region. She will be the main ‘meeter-and-greeter’ of the restaurant so it will give the feel of eating at home with her. Each day, the pasta will be homemade in the restaurant window so you will really be able to feel the love that goes into it.

Not only that, there will be a delicious traditional A La Carte menu offering food from all over Italy.

Opening at 257 King’s Road very soon, during their opening week (15-22 June), diners will be able to pay whatever they want – a temptation too good to miss!

Ciao.

 

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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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Chelsea in Bloom – the results are in!

You may have heard the news but Chelsea in Bloom was a floral spectacle, with 2018 being the biggest year yet! This year saw 65 shops, restaurants and bars compete for the coveted prizes and the judges debated and eventually came to their decision for the four main awards.

Best Floral Display

The top award went to Monica Vinader with their psychedelic display transporting the people of Chelsea back to an era of peace and love.

High Commended & People’s Champion

This year new kid on the block, Harry’s Dolce Vita, won not just one but two prizes. Inspired by Venice, and its romantic connotations, Harry’s Dolce Vita produced a gondola (that you could even get into!) amidst a beautiful sea of blue flowers with a rainbow heart backdrop.

Innovation Award

This crown went to luxury ladies sportswear brand, Lucas Hugh. Their clever concept was inspired by the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream concert in 1967. Pink Floyd headlined, playing into the early hours with their then unreleased album, Piper at the  Gates of Dawn. It was this albums artwork that inspired their creativity and combined with their use of Strelizzias, representing joyfulness and paradise, judges saw a physical representation of ‘The Summer of Love’.

To find out more about other participants displays, visit the Chelsea in Bloom website here.

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