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Flower Power: London restaurants with a bloom

Get a taste of the summer at restaurants with flora-laced and plant-themed dishes

They say that the rain in London brings the best flowers. These restaurants captialise on it by incorporating floral flair into their dishes. Here are a few that do it the best.

Lyle’s

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Flowers take centre stage during summer at Lyle’s. In fact, they come strewn across courses. “I love using flowers, but only when it makes sense, they are never used for show,” says Michelin-starred owner James Lowe, formerly of St John Bread and Wine. “I consider using flowers for appearance a very slippery slope that leads to much more heinous crimes,” he says. Against their spare, industrial setting, his presentations are king, and the accents delicate, earthy and true. www.lyleslondon.com

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Spring

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The chef is named Skye, and her restaurant is named after the harvest season. Dishes at spring – the elegant dining room occupying a wing of Somerset House – come laced with flowers during summertime. Gyngell was a flower power gourmet pioneer, perfecting her craft at Petersham Nurseries, where she placed all that blossomed around her onto the plate. www.springrestaurant.co.uk

The Ivy

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Probably London’s most iconic celebrity restaurant, The Ivy takes its name from a vine, and flowers for its ingredients. Petals pepper salads and lace fish dishes in the extensive menu influenced by accents from Southern Europe and Asia. This season, reviving recipes laced with yellow and purple flowers please both gaze and gut. www.the-ivy.co.uk

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Petersham Nurseries Cafe

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Without doubt the freshest field-to-table establishment in London, the Petersham Nurseries are set within the grounds of a stately home. The food here is as renowned as the setting, from the celebrated chef and in-house culinary director. Slow food and foraging pioneers, Petersham Nurseries are famous for incorporating the edible flowers found in their kitchen garden across dishes. Walk it all off in the magnificently manicured and topiaried grounds, or find a quiet spot to catch the sun and savour the quintessential English country garden experience. www.petershamnurseries.com

Hibiscus

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Globally renowned chef Claude Bosi loved flowers so much he named his restaurant after one. At Hibiscus, seasonality is king, ingredients are devotedly sourced from the British Isles and dishes come strewn with the eponymous flowers. Bijou, intimate and the kind of place that's a closely guarded secret, Hibiscus also comes decorated with two Michelin stars. www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk

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Rabbit

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The Rabbit field-to-table food experience is one for the gastronome. Flavours burst to life in the mouth and the service has all the convivial warmth and enthusiasm of a rural dining room. Everything here, from the meats to the vegetables and edible flowers decorating your dishes, is grown on the Gladwin Brothers’ farm. www.rabbit-restaurant.com

1 Lyle’s
2 Spring
3 The Ivy
4 Petersham Nurseries Cafe
5 Hibiscus
6 Rabbit

Flower Power

Taste the summer at restaurants with flora-laced dishes


Lyle’s


Flowers take centre stage during summer at Lyle’s. In fact, they come strewn across courses. “I love using flowers, but only when it makes sense, they are never used for show,” says Michelin-starred owner James Lowe, formerly of St John Bread and Wine. “I consider using flowers for appearance a very slippery slope that leads to much more heinous crimes,” he says. Against their spare, industrial setting, his presentations are king, and the accents delicate, earthy and true.


LUXOS Recommends: Salad of ‘pea flowers, broad bean flowers, nasturtium, borage and leaves,’ is a ‘snapshot of the farm on the plate’


Lyle’s

Tea Building

56 Shoreditch High Street

London E1 6JJ

Tel. +44 (0)20 3011 1547

www.lyleslondon.com



Spring


The chef is named Skye, and her restaurant is named after the harvest season. Dishes at spring – the elegant dining room occupying a wing of Somerset House – come laced with flowers during summertime. Gyngell was a flower power gourmet pioneer, perfecting her craft at Petersham Nurseries, where she placed all that blossomed around her onto the plate.


LUXOS Recommends: Asparagus with creme fraiche and parmesan, garnished with a scattering of borage flowers.


Spring

Somerset House, New Wing

Lancaster Place

London WC2R 1LA

Tel. +44 (0)20 3011 0115

www.springrestaurant.co.uk



The Ivy


Probably London’s most iconic celebrity restaurant, The Ivy takes its name from a vine, and flowers for its ingredients. Petals pepper salads and lace fish dishes in the extensive menu influenced by accents from Southern Europe and Asia. This season, reviving recipes laced with yellow and purple flowers please both gaze and gut.


LUXOS Recommends: The raw and pickled vegetable salad comes dressed with violas and chia and citrus vinaigrette


The Ivy

1-5 West Street

London WC2H 9NQ

Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 4751

www.the-ivy.co.uk




Petersham Nurseries Cafe


Without doubt the freshest field-to-table establishment in London, the Petersham Nurseries are set within the grounds of a stately home. The food here is as renowned as the setting, from the celebrated chef and in-house culinary director. Slow food and foraging pioneers, Petersham Nurseries are famous for incorporating the edible flowers found in their kitchen garden across dishes. Walk it all off in the magnificently manicured and topiaried grounds, or find a quiet spot to catch the sun and savour the quintessential English country garden experience.


LUXOS Recommends: Marinated scallops strewn with freshly picked garden flowers


Petersham Nurseries Cafe

Church Lane

Petersham

Surrey TW10 7AB

Tel. +44 (0)20 8940 5230

www.petershamnurseries.com




Hibiscus


Globally renowned chef Claude Bosi loved flowers so much he named his restaurant after one. At Hibiscus, seasonality is king, ingredients are devotedly sourced from the British Isles and dishes come strewn with the eponymous flowers. Bijou, intimate and the kind of place that's a closely guarded secret, Hibiscus also comes decorated with two Michelin stars.


LUXOS Recommends: Gold Rush apple with bergamot and marshmallow ice cream


Hibiscus

29 Maddox Street

London W1S 2PA

Tel. +44 (0)20 7629 2999

www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk




Rabbit


The Rabbit field-to-table food experience is one for the gastronome. Flavours burst to life in the mouth and the service has all the convivial warmth and enthusiasm of a rural dining room. Everything here, from the meats to the vegetables and edible flowers decorating your dishes, is grown on the Gladwin Brothers’ farm.


LUXOS Recommends: Salsify with yellow foot chanterelle, walnut cream, red endive, pear and dandelion


Rabbit

172 King's Road

London SW3 4UP

Tel. +44 (0)20 3750 0172

www.rabbit-restaurant.com



Blue box:


London’s finest floral cocktails


What: Rose Petal Martini

Where: Covent Garden Cocktail Club, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB


What: Violet Crown

Where: Callooh Callay, 65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY. Tel. +44 (0)20 7739 4781. calloohcallaybar.com


Silent Neon Flower

69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA. Tel. 07540 528 593. 69

colebrookerow.com