McQueens at Claridges: The Masterclass

Since 1991, McQueens florist has been a hot spot for the most creative floral designs in the city of London, and they have gained customers as far away as Japan and Hollywood. Set-up by Kally Ellis, a former marketer with a French merchant bank, Kally drew on her marketing skills, along with her passion for colour and design to create McQueens.

Kally says “I wanted to sell simple, stylish flowers, beautifully presented, to the London market. And I knew people would love it.” McQueens is riding high, becoming a premier name in the UK flower market, supplying such well established brands as Harrods, Rolls Royce, Christian Louboutin and Mulberry.

This December will see the amazing McQueen’s giving a masterclass at London’s bastion of luxury Claridges. It will give eager aspiring florists the chance to learn about flowers with expert guidance and discover more about flower care, whilst making their own unique festive flower arrangement, which they can take home at the end of the day.

There will be two classes on December 13, one at 10am to 12pm and another at 2 to 4pm. The classes are now fully booked, which isn’t surprising.

We are proud to have McQueens as a partner and we wish them the very best of luck with their masterclass. To all those going along, we hope you have an amazing time. Xx

Win a Gorgeous Summer Bouquet with Nikki Tibbles

One of our ever so wonderful partners Nikki Tibbles, florist extraordinare, is offering you a chance to win a gorgeous summer bouquet. This competition is all about celebrating summer, and Nikki wants you to send in a personal photo of what summer really means to you. It can be a Pimms in the garden or a beautiful park in bloom.

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You can submit your photo via Nikki Tibbles Facebook Page. The competition closes on Sunday July 6th. Also three lucky runners up will receive a packet of ‘grow your own bouquet seeds.’ So, get snapping!

 

Cakes by Krishanthi

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Krishanthi Armitt works a certain kind of magic with cakes. It’s a distinctive, eye catching and ultimately beautiful magic, where intricacy and grandeur operate in seamless harmony. Inspired to bake by watching her mother make tasty cakes for her family, Krishanthi uses the traditional techniques of Austrian and German bakers, renowned for their brilliance in the world of cake making, which she absorbed from her years studying at university in Germany.

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It’s Krishanthi’s skill with sugar work that gives her cakes the Midas touch, her range of delicately crafted floral motifs, which look unnervingly real, are a symbol of culinary perfection. Krishanthi really began to understand sugar craft when she became a mother. Her cakes emphasise the grand style of cake design, they take the classical form, but Krishanthi adds her eclectic influences, to make fashion cakes that epitomise individuality.

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It’s hard to define Krishanthi’s style, it’s something which has many facets. In a recent interview, when asked about her style, she said “My style is elegant, but it has to be unique and maybe even a little bit quirky. Fashion and architecture plays a big role when I’m looking for inspiration

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Ultimately, all Krishanthi’s designs are fashioned out of love and an astute understanding of aesthetics. Her designs achieve that all important air of wonder and amazement, a treat for both the eye and the taste buds.

Peggy Porschen Unveils Floral Cake Collection

Peggy Porschen is the Queen of cakes in Belgravia, she has mastered the alchemy of creating truly beautiful cakes, that delight the eyes and indulge the tastebuds. Peggy is the Creative Director of the renowned cake design company Peggy Porschen Cakes, working alongside her husband Bryn Morrow, who is Creative Director, and a team of highly talented pastry chefs.

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Over the years, Peggy has come to be known far and wide as a designer who never dissapoints. With a keen eye for the beautiful aesthetic, mixing a palate of pristine pastel colours and highly elaborate design techniques, that fashion what could almost be described as edible ornaments. She’s gained some high-profile clients including Sir Elton John, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Kate Moss, amongst others.

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Peggy has now launched a floral cake collection (perfect for Spring we say!) each design is worthy of a Rodin sculpture, with the floral designs so realistic you would swear that Peggy had just picked them from her garden. The collection ranges from cascading Peonies and Cherry Blossoms to Lily of the Valley. The designs are thoroughly modern, yet there’s a touch of age old beauty, you could easily imagine Louis XVI ordering one for Marie Antoinette.

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It took Peggy many months of research and design to create this botanical extravaganza, and her fastidious attitude has certainly paid off.

Image credits: www.peggyporschen.com & Georgia Glynn Smith

Nikky Tibbles meets renowned pastry chef Peggy Porschen

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Community Member Nikky Tibbles met with renowned pastry chef Peggy Porschen earlier this month.

Peggy Porschen is a leading bespoke cake company based in Belgravia, London. Founded in 2003, the company is headed by award-winning cake designer and Creative Director Peggy Porschen and her husband Bryn Morrow, Managing Director.

Peggy’s cookies and cakes are renowned for irresistibly pretty and elegant designs that are not only visually stunning but also taste delicious. Peggy’s reputation has allowed her to be build a clientele of numerous celebrities and members of the Royal family. Her pastries are a regular feature among the A- list events, such as the 2011 wedding of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball, Stella McCartney’s wedding, Sir Anthony Hopkins’ 70th birthday, Damien Hirst’s auction at Sotheby’s and parties for Sting and Trudie Styler, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Click on the link below to read the full interview and to get some amazing insights about the great cake maker and tips on how to design your dream cake!

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I’m delighted to welcome cake-maker…”