RHS Chelsea Flower Show 23 – 27 MAY 2017

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

With Spring in full bloom and the wonders of summer greenery awakening after a cold winter, Britain prepares itself once again for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Held in the prestigious grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the show attracts horticulturalists and gardening enthusiasts from across the globe. The show has inspired millions through showcasing the very best in garden design and is one of the most popular events on the UK calendar.


Nick Mattingley, RHS Director of Shows, says:
“As with every RHS Chelsea Flower Show for more than a century, designers, nurseryman and leading lights are pulling out all the stops to make this the best gardening event in the world.”


M&G Investments, title sponsor for the show, has proudly renewed their sponsorship until 2017.  Jacqui Haskins, M&G’s marketing director draws close similarities between the worlds of horticulture and investments. He said: ‘At M&G we pride ourselves on nurturing talent and taking a long-term view – both key components that can be applied to horticulture and garden design.”

This year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will feature nine show gardens, five fresh gardens, nine artisan gardens and more than 100 floral displays.

Don’t miss the 2017 RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett, Urban Horticulture and Vegetation Technologist. Professor Dunnett will demonstrate the multiple benefits of plants and gardens in an urban environment. He will also provide a vision for the future development and use of private, communal and social spaces in the places where we live.

You might also be interested to learn that Gary Breeze, 2016 winner of Best Fresh Garden, has designed a garden featuring the replica of an 800-year-old boat which was discovered in the Norfolk Broads.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is proud to announce the return of Ishihara Kazuyuki for his 12th year running. Ishihara Kazuyuki will be presenting Gosho No Niwa – The Kyoto emperors of Japan inspired gardens.

Planning your visit

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is very popular and tickets are running out fast. Do not hesitate to book your tickets as soon as you can. If you are planning a trip to the capital, we would like to invite you, as our guests, to stay at B+B Belgravia. Located less than 15 minutes’ walk from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, B+B Belgravia offers boutique accommodation in comfortable, eloquent surroundings.

Date:  23 – 27 MAY 2017
Time: Tuesday to Friday:  8am – 8pm / Saturday: 8am – 5.30pm
Address: London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR
Website: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

Doggy Speed Dating

Doggy Speed Dating

Doggy Speed Dating

B+B Belgravia is pet friendly and we welcome you and your furry friends to join us as our esteemed guests. This month promises an exciting event for dog lovers visiting our great capital: Doggy Speed Dating.

A dog can give a person a newfound sense of independence and confidence that they didn’t have before. Dogs are more than just pets – they are family. Inviting that special four-legged friend into your life can be somewhat of a challenge. Matching the right dog to the right owner can often be frustrating. Much like their owners, no two dogs are alike.

Fetch & Follow

Fetch & Follow are a lifestyle brand for dog owners and those who love dogs. Their company provides dog owners with items, which are thoughtfully designed while being functional and fit for the everyday practicality of owning a dog.

Fetch & Follow are hosting a Doggy Speed Dating event in the Ace Hotel in London this month and will be supported by several leading experts in the field. Tickets are £20 and include a 10-minute appointment with each industry expert, doggy charity and doggy personality. As a special treat (for good behaviour) you will receive two small plates of – Beef & Bone (roasted hanger steak & grilled bone marrow) and Spiced Corn Dog (battered & fried spiced corn on a skewer with Togarashi spice).

Tickets also include a drink – Terrier Gone Wild (wild berry and tarragon lemonade) or Salty Dog #2 (Bombay Sapphire, Pamplemousse Liqueur, Soda and salt rim) and a doggy-inspired goodie bag from Fetch & Follow.

We love our dogs and we encourage you to attend this wonderful event.

Doggy Speed Dating – hosted by Fetch & Follow
Date: 19 March 2017
Time: 12h00 to 16h00
Tickets: £20
Address: Ace Hotel London Lobby, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ
For more information, please visit:
http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/london/doggie-speed-dating-fetch-follow.

 

Dinning out in Belgravia

Dining out in Belgravia

Dining out in Belgravia

B+B Belgravia offers a fantastic breakfast to all our wonderful guests. However, if you are interested in dining out in Belgravia, we have a few recommendations for you to try during your visit.

Il Convivio

Address: 143 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QN
Phone: 0207 730 4099

If you love the taste of Italian cuisine, you’ll love this little gem.

Il Convivio, translated from Italian means: ‘banquet’ and at this fine establishment, you should expect nothing less. The restaurant is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from B+B Belgravia.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 12:00 PM – 15:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

This eloquent restaurant, in glorious Georgian surroundings, serves as one of the leading Italian restaurants in the capital. Its modern Italian cuisine is highly acclaimed and praised by the critics.

Head Chef, Cedric Neri leads the team to deliver a dining experience second to none. The private setting offers corporate clients the perfect opportunity to entertain guests. There are comfortable sofas and coffee tables for relaxing as well seating available for up to 14 guests.

The delicious, mouth-watering menu offers a wide selection modern Italian delights and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor. This includes A La cate, private dining and set menu options.

We thoroughly recommend experiencing Il Convivio for yourself.

 

Baker and Spice

Address: Belgravia, 54-56 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PB
Phone: 0207 730 5524

‘Convenience Without Compromise’.

The establishment is located within 5 minutes’ walk from B+B Belgravia, offering freshly made products for you to enjoy.

With excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, this wonderful bakery is the perfect place to grab a coffee and pastry. Their delicious, handmade delights are freshly made, in-house, every day. They offer a wide selection of treats ranging from cakes, pastries, breads and cookies served in a unique atmosphere.

The undisputable ‘home-away-from-home’ sensation of walking into any of the Baker and Spice stores is something to experience for yourself.

Open Monday to Saturday 07h00am to 19h00 and Sunday 08h00am to 18h00, Baker and Spice features as one of the shining beacons of Belgravia.

 

Olivomare

Address: 10 Lower Belgrave Street, London, SW1W 0LJ
Phone: 020 7730 9022

Located only 5 minutes’ walk from B+B Belgravia, Olivomare offers a seafood only based menu.

The menu is lovingly described as “Wonderful Sardinian seafood” and offers a classic section of starters. For the more adventurous, the menu has a temping selection of chargrilled stuffed baby squid and sea urchins served raw with crostini.

Opening hours are Monday – Friday 1200 – 1430 and 1900 – 2300, Saturday 1200 – 1500 and 1900 – 2300, Sunday 1200 – 1500 and 1900 – 2230 (Closed on bank holidays)

Make sure you visit Olivomare while you are staying with us. It is an experience you will not forget.

St Patrick’s Day

Lá Fhéile Pádraig! If you speak Gaelic, you might know this means ‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’. Approaching the end of March, we welcome Spring time with open arms. But not before we celebrate Ireland’s patron Saint.

On 17 March every year, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by thousands of people across the globe.

In true Irish style, the festivity is not confined to only one day. The whole weekend is a flurry-filled multitude of Irish music, dance, street theatre, food and a parade. You can expect the traditional shamrock featured in every pub as far as the eye can see and a plethora of folks dressed green outfits, ready to celebrate like no-one else can.

Look out for landmarks illuminated in brilliant emerald light. There are around 180 international sites that will be bathed in green. This is to remind us that we are all welcome to take part in the celebrations in true Irish fashion.

In London, the three-day celebration officially starts on Friday 17 March 2017. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend, ending with the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square Festival on Sunday 19 March 2017.

How St Patrick’s day came to be

The Feast of Saint Patrick, otherwise known as St Patricks day, commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. 17 March is in fact the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).

The Shamrock

A shamrock is a young sprig of clover and, according to legend, is the well-known symbol that Saint Patrick used as a metaphor to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. The three leaves of the small plant were used to represent The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.

Accommodation

As you can probably guess, the festival promises to be very popular and accommodation should be planned well in advance. B+B Belgravia is located in the heart of London with quick travel access to all the Saint Patrick’s Day events. To make a booking, please call +44 (0) 20 7259 8570 or visit our website: http://www.bb-belgravia.com

Mistletoe & Glühwein

bbc-christmas-market-1Christmas is in the air, and across our cities and towns the festive markets are opening their gates.

In London, Winter Wonderland is in full swing, with the attendant thrills, bright lights and revolving carousel bars. Only a 10 minute bus ride or 15 minute walk from B+B Belgravia, this is always a popular choice.

If you prefer a more traditional venue, the Tate Modern hosts a village of Alpine chalets from their entrance down to the river. This is a magical location to enjoy your Glühwein, and only a short walk from the South Bank Centre, with its gorgeous Christmas crafts fair.

To enjoy the famous London Christmas lights most people head down to Oxford Circus (only 2 stops on the Victoria line), from when you can admire the famous shopping thoroughfares of Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, and the spectacular Regent’s Street illuminations. However, I would recommend hustling through those crowds as quickly as possible and heading towards Covent Garden, where you will find the enchanting (and calmer) Seven Dials; this year transformed into a magical winter forest.

Whatever you are doing this Christmas the Christmas capital has something for everyone; just ask our duty manager team on site for their personal recommendations.

Merry Christmas One And All!

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