Chelsea bar to celebrate Flower Show

The Chinese LanternLondon speakeasy bar Barts will be serving up an aromatic gin cocktail in a giant glowing Chinese lantern to mark this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The Chinese Lantern is made with spiced Tanqueray Malacca gin infused with a house-made hibiscus flower and rose jam, mixed with apple juice, lime juice, egg white and sugar syrup.

It will come in a glass in a lantern, more traditionally used as a garden accessory, which has been filled with violet essence. The drink has been created by bar manager Vincenzo Sibilia.

The bar in Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, will offer the drink from May 20 to 24 to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show taking place nearby at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Barts will also add a floral theme to its fancy dress box for customers, with “Flower Power” accessories from hippy flares to wings and flowers worn by flower fairies.

Just in the time for the Chelsea show, Barts will also be re-opening its Cuban garden where guests can sip drinks surrounded by lush foliage and exotic plants.

Barts was opened five years ago by Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes of the Inception Group that also comprises 80s-themed nightclub Maggie’s in Chelsea, Italian Bar and pizzeria Bunga Bunga in Battersea, Mr Fogg’s in Mayfair and Disco in Soho.

This summer they will launch Cocobananas, a nightclub based on a Brazilian beach party, and Beaver Lodge, a cabin bar and dance saloon based on the winter cowboy log cabins found in Wyoming.

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