This Sunday consisted of my three most favourite things: flowers, food and shopping.
Although the sun wasn’t shining like we hoped it would, it was still a perfect day for lots and lots and LOTS of walking through Chelsea and Columbia Road’s streets. However, it did prove difficult to navigate myself holding bunches of flowers whilst walking on cobbled streets in platform clogs (it was a challenge!)
To start the day, we thought it would be a good idea to trek through London’s east side and follow the crowd of people lugging their recently purchased flowers from Columbia Flower Market. We thought this was the best way to find the hidden road as it is found somewhere among the number of narrow streets.
I picked up some unusual looking pineapple-bamboo plant.
Columbia Flower Market is only open on Sundays 8am until around 3 so it’s worth getting up to London early so you can see all the flowers before they’re gone.
We then headed toward the more upmarket side of London, home to various bloodmary-drinkers and where you’ll find a certain Mark Francis promenading with bags and bags of Prada or Gucci up Sloan Street. Yes, Chelsea.
We were so fortunate to discover that the weekend we decided to venture up here, was in fact the rare weekend of the year in which the public are allowed in the pristine gardens, only open to the residents of that area.
So, we grabbed an all-gardens ticket and glass of Pimm’s, and enjoyed even more blossoming flowers.
The lady who served us Pimm’s recommended ‘The Chocolate Gardens’, so we were very intrigued to see if there was a park of some sort, filled with chocolate shaped into flowers (the dream).
This was not case, but it still was very unusual.
Head either to Rococo Chocolates on Motcomb St, Belgravia or any other of their chocolate boxes, found on their website here.
Directions: Enter the shop, definitely buy a few of their award-winning chocolate bars, head down the stairs and there is a charming little Moroccan-inspired garden designed by Chantal Coady.
Their latest chocolate bar wrappers have been inspired by their decorative tiles found on the floor of the garden.
Mirrors are placed on the walls to give it an even more enchanting and magical feel.
Opposite was the very tempting Ottolenghi Café, so we had to pop in for a cuppa and some lunch.
We finished the day off with some window shopping, and that was a perfect sunday over!
Till next time London, hopefully you’ll be a bit more sunny!
Jemima Plume Xx