Chelsea Flower Show

This weekend my mum came to visit me for her first extended trip since I moved to London. I had planned a fun-filled, action-packed time, which started with dinner and the theatre. Before the show we went to eat at Social Eating House; if you’re looking for somewhere special, truly special, you should take friends and family. It is one of the most unpretentious yet exquisite restaurants I’ve been to in some time. I had a roasted Cornish brill, sweet millet with sour cream, chives and black curry while mum had the cod à la Polonaise with cauliflower, asparagus and Jersey Royals… proper buttery, fresh Jersey Royals. The flavours were divine, the food fresh and importantly the staff were thoughtful but not overbearing. Without a doubt a place to treat yourself to if you’re visiting or living in London, especially with someone special. Skipping down the street to the theatre (we may have been a little merry following cocktails and wine) we were off the see the Jersey Boys musical, a fun filled sing-a-long and an excellent show. I would definitely recommend it if you get the chance to see it! Or if you’re not a theatre buff/it isn’t on near you/you’re broke, you can always wait a few weeks until the film version comes out in the cinema.

Day two was Chelsea Flower show - I’ll be honest, I hate garden centres. I know my mum will read this and she is the first one to know… Flowers, fountains, compost, planters, all of it takes me back to being younger and bundled in the car with my sister and being lugged around greenhouses with mum and dad. She however loves the plants, so being Daughter of the Year off we went to Chelsea, which in my opinion was to be like one giant garden centre. Since living near Chelsea has never really been my stomping ground, this made for a nice adventure and some lovely window-shopping for mum and me. What’s also brilliant about Chelsea Flower Show week is that many of the shops at Sloane Square join in the fun, making for some fantastic displays and great photo opportunities! Kate Spade was my favourite, but I have a feeling that is also something to do with the beautiful woven bags inside the shop that I have my eye on.

I will admit the show was ace. I mean, there comes to a point where flowers look like more flowers but what an excellent day we had! The weather started off a little drizzle-y and grey but improved tremendously throughout the afternoon. Out of all the plants, the cacti were my absolute favourite; I may have come home with five… I think mum fell in love with the ‘Crochetdermy’ Gorilla (who was meant to represent Boris Johnson) and, she had enough of a flower fix to last until at least next year.

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