Continuing the legacy of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chiltern Firehouse, Manhattan Loft Corporation has opened a magnificent design hotel in East London. To celebrate the launch we transformed The Stratford’s rooftop into a tropical sky garden for an exclusive party in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Our floral installation and bar arrangements used palm leaves, birds of paradise, heliconia, peonies, hanging amaranthus and orchids to create a burst of colour against the skyline of the Olympic Park.
Earlier this year saw the return of Kettner’s, the iconic Soho restaurant has been been relaunched by Soho House. First opened in 1867 the restaurant has a long intriguing history of feeding and entertaining iconic political and creatives figures. Soho House have used the history of Kettner’s to inspire its new menu as well the refurbished decor and artwork for the restaurant, champagne bar and its 33 bedrooms.
The warm interiors and original grade II listed features of Kettner’s has been retained and updated with the signature Soho House vibe; traditional and cosy with contemporary design features.
We are thrilled to be part of such a historic establishment and it’s a joy to create floral arrangements that work with the beautiful decor each week. We want the flowers to compliment the opulence and glamour of Kettner’s so roses were the obvious choice for both the champagne bar and restaurant, combining dusky, vintage colours such as Quicksand and Lovelace alongside rich velvety varieties like Black Baccara. With the roses we have been using glossy Camellia foliage which adds height and drama to the arrangements so they make a statement as you walk in to the rooms, as spring slowly arrives we will start to incorporate new foliages and elements like the peach blossom used here to reflect the changing seasons.
We have styled the restaurant using a selection of plants and vintage crystal cut glass vases and decanters, the planting needed to compliment the Georgian features whilst adding interest and softening the space behind the banquettes. For this we chose a variety of ferns, variegated ivy and miniature kentia palms that create a botanical feel and will over time develop in the space, trailing and growing around the original listed mirrors and floral plasterwork.
We were thrilled to take on the task of decorating the Ned this Christmas. With its already striking features and warm atmosphere, we only wanted to compliment the existing space and interiors.
Taking inspiration from the original African verdite pillars and the luxe interior of the ground floor restaurant furnishings at Cecconi’s City of London and Millie’s Lounge, the 20ft Premier Nordmann Fir tree in the main hall glows. With 4,500 lights and over 900 decorations in green and gold hues, it is the perfect backdrop to get you in the Christmas spirit.
The other trees around the hotel take their lead from the main tree design; we added a touch of plum red in the Tapestry room and Saloon to create a warm feel for the events taking place.
The entrance garlands are filled with seasonal, natural decorations, diffusing scents of lavender and orange to those entering The Ned.
The Ned is the perfect setting to cosy-up for dinner, enjoy pre-Christmas drinks or have a full-blown party. We don't think there is a better location in London to get you into the festive mood.
Images By Tamin Jones
Since its opening in April, its been a whirlwind ride for us with the Ned. Not just for the beautiful blooms we've been installing each week but for the incredible events happening each day. We have been lucky enough to help style, decorate and 'fill with flowers' some of the best event spaces we have seen in London.
The Saloon (our secret favourite) is a romantic, opulent and stylish ballroom that would be the best backdrop to any London wedding, dinner or party. Our most recent event there, we worked with the incredible Jodie, who allowed us to decorate the gigantic, ornate mantlepiece and pack the long dining table full of Peonies, Dahlias, Hellebores and Sweet William's in bold and dark colours. Setting the perfect scene for this social media lunch.
And don't event mention the chandelier...................
It's only on the rare occasion that Lil and I are left 'speechless' but the first time we entered the Ned......we didn't say much. On discovering The Tapestry room on the event floor we couldn't believe the scale and grandeur of this space.
The original tapestry is one of the largest of its kind. There are 4 impressive fireplaces and the dark wooden panels create an authentic and traditional feel. The amazing chandeliers are beautifully restored and set off the tone for any event.
We recently styled The Tapestry room for a shoot. Using whites and greens to create a fresh look to compliment the room. We used hydrangeas, peonies and sweet peas in stone urns as low feature centrepieces. We decorated each mantlepiece with central pampas grass arrangements and dramatic white leaf arrangements for the fireplaces.
We are delighted to announce that we will be working with The NED, London's most exciting new hotel opening, as the official contract florists.
The Ned hotel, situated in the heart of the city is a truly unique space featuring some of the most incredible features and architecture, that has been brought back to life by the incredible Soho House and Sydell Group. Every last detail has been carefully considered and the building has been perfectly restored to create a sophisticated, grand and cool space.
Situated in the old Midland bank building it boasts, 7 restaurants, 250 stunning bedrooms, 2 swimming pools, private members club, gym & spa. The sun drenched roof terrace has one of London's best views and the event spaces for hire are the perfect London wedding venue or private dinner party spot.
For the florals we want to help create drama and scale with large and impactful displays for guests entering the hotel and use luxurious and rich roses to enhance the member spaces and relaxed arrangements for the spa and chill out areas.
If you haven't seen the space already, our advice is...............................don't wait!!