The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Someone told me that this week’s weather has been as temperamental as a British woman’s mood. One minute sunny, one minute overcast, one minute rain and thunder.
It has been a little touch and go lately, and I was very much hoping it would be sunny this week. I mean, come on, we are in June already, nearly half of the year gone, it may be monsoon season in Japan, but we are in the sunny isles where we are expected to have perfect sunshine throughout Queen’s and Wimbledon season, right? Right?
I absolutely adore Chelsea and anything in the SW3 postcode in fact. I had been meaning to go to The Ivy Chelsea Garden for ages since it opened last year, but I am pretty sure the weather has not been kind enough to deserve a visit. I had already eaten at The Ivy in Soho, The Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden and The Ivy Cafe Marylebone, all of which I love, and The Ivy Chelsea Garden with its extensive outdoor dining terrace deserved a trip on a sunny glorious day.
Let me say this now – it is the best of The Ivy’s yet.
Once you swing open the heavy door of what it looks like an ex-pub from the outside, you are greeted by these gorgeous skinny girls with endless legs donning brightly coloured mini dresses, and you are immediately made to feel underdressed and like I ought to have had my Breakfast at Tiffany’s sunglasses firmly on. They showed us to our table in the bright and airy Orangery at the back of the restaurant, which was great for people watching. Lucky I went during the week, as I am certain at the weekends this place would be absolutely packed out with well groomed Sloanes sipping on rose and hugging the primed outdoor tables for hours on end. The menu is simple but has all the comfort food you would ever want – from their amazing Sheperd’s Pie to Fish and Chips, to salads and prawn cocktail. It is the ultimate place to perch your bubble butts that you’ve been working on at the PT studio down the road, to graze on chilled glass of rosé and grilled chicken salads, all whilst you take your rose gold iPhones out and take selfies with your immaculately dressed bestie. It’s ‘that’ kind of place. My kind of place! *giggles*
Get the outdoor tables on a sunny day if you can. If they say it’s fully booked, just say you’re a friend of Prince Harry or something. The Ivy Chelsea Garden is gorgeous, airy, with an undertone of understated luxury, and the food and drink are suited and booted to match the kind of crowd it naturally draws. After a good browse of the shops on King’s Road, surely you deserve a glass of chilled wine in a hidden garden sanctuary that is The Ivy Chelsea Garden? See you there!
The Ivy Chelsea Garden:
197 King’s Rd, London SW3 5EQ 020 3301 0300