The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden - The Perfect Easter Experience! 

The Ivy Chelsea Garden has been top of our list of places to visit since it opened last year, and today, we finally got the chance to go. Plus, seeing as its Easter, and they have put on a special 'Easter Experience', now really is the perfect time to visit.  Many people had reservations when The Ivy announced that it was expanding, opening not one but 3 satellite restaurants around London. However, with each new opening they have proved that not only has this expansion done nothing to weaken their brand, it has, in fact improved it.

The front is currently decked out in a Easter themed floral extravaganza, leading you into a dazzlingly beautiful interior, which is again decorated tastefully to reflect the current holiday. From the moment you are greeted at the door you know it is going to be a luxurious experience. The team are friendly, yet not overwhelmingly so, with on point recommendations and great attitudes. The further you get away from the street, the more beautiful the restaurant becomes, a comfortable lounge leads through to a spacious dining area, and then finally, the spectacular garden (complete with a giant topiary rabbit no less).

This being London, half the garden is actually inside, but that does not make it any less special, actually quite the opposite! It is cosy, but gives you the impression of being outside. We obviously chose to eat in the garden (this is The Ivy Chelsea Garden after all!), and one look at the menu resulted in a half an hour debate about what we were going to have, everything sounded so good! We both finally settled on the Goats cheese and Kale baked egg omelette, with a Green Juice. It was absolutely delicious, and we cannot recommend it enough.

A quick peak at other peoples plates proved that ours was not the only success on the menu, with everything that came out of the kitchen looking better than the dish before (Lobster Eggs Benedict anyone?). It really is a special place, and for the experience you are getting, it comes in at a really reasonable price, with very few of the breakfasts going over 20 quid! If you are looking for a place to celebrate over Easter, with family and friends then booking is essential. Go check it out, and enjoy! 

Address: 197 King's Road, London, SW3 5EQ

Phone Number: 0203 301 0300

Instagram: Ivychelsgarden

 

A Moment With...

We love sharing aspects of our lives with you guys through The Trend Pear, but just in case you get bored of us, we thought it could be fun to share someone else's life with you as well! The idea behind our 'A Moment With..' section is that we will interview someone, once a month,  who is doing something interesting or special with their lives. We hope that you guys not only enjoy this new edition to the blog, but find the people we have chosen as inspiring as we do. 

First up we have Ludovic, or Ludo as he prefers to be called, who we had the pleasure of meeting last year. Ludovic is the Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII Cognac, and his passion and dedication to the brand is incredibly inspiring and refreshing. 

Instagram: Ludovic du Plessis

The Trend Pear:  How did you come to be in this position? What has been your career path?

Ludovic du Plessis: I have always worked from passion, like you, if you want to be good at your job you have to be passionate. So me, what i like, is food, restaurants, wine, spirits and cigars. I was luckily enough that my first job after finishing university was to be in charge of marketing for Cuban Cigars. Which I did for three years. When I was there I organised a cigar tasting for my top clients with the best champagne company in the world, which my Grandfather told me, was Dom Perignon.  So I called them and they sent Richard Geoffroy, who gave a speech about Champagne. I feel in love with his charisma and decided then and there that i wanted to work for Dom Perignon. Two weeks later i was in charge of the French Market, and it was a love affair that lasted 10 years. LOUIS XIII then contacted me about being a Global Ambassador that the brand, and I fell in love with their story. The first thing I did at LOUIS XIII was to ask the cellar master to explain the brand to me, and he told me proudly that each decanter takes four generations of cellar masters to craft, and that he would never see the product he was working on. Having worked in the Luxury industry for 10 years, I don't know any other brand that can claim such a thing! 

TTP: You work with a very high end product. What is your idea of Luxury?

LDP: I think that nowadays we use the word Luxury too much, it gets used on every corner of the street! If we are talking about luxury goods it has to be, rare, its about scarcity, it has to be expensive, and it has to be very creative. It has to be a balance of the three. But for me, if you ask me, luxury is time. Time is everything, which is why this Not Coming Soon project is so special. Next time you come to Paris, tell me, and i will take you to the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral, where you can see the whole of Paris. Its amazing, and moments like that, that is Luxury. 

TTP:  Louis XIII is an incredibly time consuming product to make. In a world obsessed with instantaneity (the now now now generations who want fast cars, fast food, fast fashion, Instagram) have people found the concept of this movie and this product difficult to understand?

LDP: Not really, i think this brand really speaks to everyone. Everyone today is running after time, we have brand with slogans like “Never stop” and “Go Beyond” and for me it is the opposite. Take the time, go slow, and I think the concept of how long LOUIS XIII takes, appeals to everyone. Its not instant gratification, its delayed gratification, and you force people to use their imagination and not google. Our clients have been obsessed with this project, its really captured something special!

TTP:  Often high end Luxury brands want to associate themselves with the fashion industry, either through collaborations or ambassador positions. Why do you think luxury brands seek out this form of collaboration? 

LDP: When I was working for the Champagne brand we collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld on a campaign, but we did not use him as a designer, we used him as a photographer, because he is a very good photographer! Within the fashion industry there is a lot of creativity, and creativity is one of my three criteria for luxury, thats what I would say. 

TTP:  France, and French products have always been the height of fashion, and France is considered the epitome of style and class, why do you think that is?

LDP: You are too nice about Paris! You have to be careful, i don't know who said this but there is a funny saying “I have a headache from too many things be proud of as a French guy’ haha. I am only joking. From a cultural aspect it dates back to Louis XIV and Colbert, who created the art of creation, and they were the first people to recognise the art of fashion! 

TTP:  Finally, what do you think the people who drink a bottle of LOUIS XIII made today will be wearing when they open it, 100 years from now? 

LDP: Remember that the product does not stay sealed in a bottle for a 100 years, it is a process that is constantly being checked on and tweaked over the course of 4 generations! But yes, what will they be wearing? Excellent question, i would say that they will be wearing LOUIS XIII as a perfume! And i will tell you why. My friend, the supermodel Bar Rafaeli got married recently and she told me, “Ludo, this is a fragrance!” so yes, this is the first fragrance you can drink!

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Summer Essentials

Summer is fully upon us (well some of us), and its time for swimming costumes, suncreams, sun and fun. As we have mentioned elsewhere on the blog summer is always tricky to dress for. The heat, the sea, the sand, it can make keeping your cool quite hard, therefore we have decided to compile a list of our favourite summer essentials, so whether you are celebrating summer at home or going abroad you will have a go-to list of things you need! 

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We have been working on The Trend Pear for a couple of months now and would love to hear feedback from you, including looks you would like us to feature, brands to include, trends to report on and so on. With that in mind, we have decided to launch a profile on Lovoo - a social networking app which allows us to talk to you directly and discuss content etc..

The comment section of instagram and twitter notifications can be hard to filter through and we therefore believe Lovoo is the best and most efficient way to communicate. 

It is a relatively new photo sharing app that also offers the option to open direct messages between users, as well as show where in the world you are networking from. It will be a great way for us to start a communication platform whereby we can discuss fashion, blog ideas, and answer questions.

 

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