London in bloom
Welcome to the greenest city in the world! As the Chelsea Flower Show begins, we celebrate London’s green spaces to visit for a day trip, stroll or even on a rainy day (p. 10). Restaurant menus are also blooming with floral ingredients from tulips to thiên lý (p. 62).
Most people think they probably won’t catch a glimpse of the royal family while they are in London, but thanks to Beating Retreat you can. The show, which has taken place since 1690, brings pomp and pageantry to the city. Prince Philip – the Queen’s husband – gives the royal salute, while the family watch on (p. 16). For a unique souvenir, head to London
Glassblowing. Now marking its 40th year, the studios were founded by leading glassmaker Peter Layton. We tried a glassmaking class, which you can also do to create dazzling pieces you will cherish (p. 54).
I also had the joy of speaking to the musician Nitin Sawhney, who is performing at the Alchemy festival – a celebration of Asian arts and culture. He shared his top spots in London, including where to get a late-night coffee and see a breathtaking sunrise (p. 82).
London is packed with events: Blue Plaques, which commemorate notable figures who lived and worked in London, marks its 150th anniversary; Aladdin the musical comes from Broadway to the West End; and The British
Museum opens its blockbuster exhibition that uncovers sunken cities. Enjoy!
Above: Peter Layton, Founder of London Glassblowing; Kathryn Conway, Editor of IN London; and Kohinoor Sahota, Editor of Where London
KOHINOOR SAHOTA Group Editor Where London