Step inside E. T. A. Hoffmann’s magical tale for the festive season as The Nutcracker is brought to life at Bluebird from the 24th of November. The iconic Chelsea landmark will take inspiration from scenes of the story, introducing a mesmerising world of winter wonderment. From the Rococo Hot Chocolate Bar to the Festive Afternoon Tea, Bluebird has transformed into an enchanted Christmas tale this winter.
As guests enter the courtyard, the mystical story is created with toys, trees and trinkets in partnership with Belvedere vodka. The space is filled with luxuriant pine garlands, sparkling lights, nutcracker soldiers, roasting chestnuts, and hanging stockings filled with gifts and candy canes. Get cosy in the heated courtyard whilst sipping on Belvedere Hot Espresso Martini’s and taking in the charming setting. Step under the twisted willow archway, dusted with glass baubles and miniature toy soldiers and make your way upstairs to the elegant restaurant, where the embellished Christmas tree will take centre stage with beautifully wrapped gifts placed at the base. Wander through the space filled with red berried branches, picea trees, cones painted gold and discover the small nutcracker scene hidden within the terrarium.
Located in the cafe, award winning chocolatiers, Rococo, will be serving rich and aromatic hot chocolate. Alongside their signature recipe, Rococo have created an exclusive serve, aptly named The Nutcracker, made with award-winning Rococo chocolate, hazelnuts and warming Amaretto, as well as a vegan friendly luxuriously dark drinking chocolate. Guests will be able to spice and spike their own from the topping trolley, whether that be marshmallows, a sprinkling of cinnamon, a pillow of whipped cream or a glug of brandy.
‘Tis the season with Bluebird’s Festive Afternoon Tea, a decadent three tiered affair filled with Christmas favourites including sandwiches with turkey, stuffing and cranberry; smoked salmon & cream cheese and spiced pumpkin brioche as well as mince pies, Christmas pudding and chocolate yule log, served with champagne and winter cocktails to warm you up during a cool yule.
Located in the courtyard, through the twinkling trees,Taylor Morris transforms their summer sunglasses shack into a Christmas Grotto with a gift wrapping shack too. For those who would rather be sipping hot chocolate in the courtyard then struggling with the sellotape, choose from rolls of paper, ribbons and embellishments and allow the elves to do the rest. Bluebird will be hosting festive events throughout the winter months, from a Gingerbread House Workshop in the cafe to a Wreath Making Masterclass with florist Hannah Martin, the Chelsea landmark is the home of merriment this winter.
Executive Chef, Simon Gregory, has created a menu fit for Father Christmas himself with dishes such as London cure smoked salmon with celeriac rémoulade and caviar; roast Norfolk Bronze turkey with sprouts, glazed root vegetables, roastings and stuffing; or for something vegetarian creamed polenta with roasted ceps, buttered sprouts, black truffle and Berkswell. Back by popular demand, Bluebird Cafe is serving their alpine favourite, cheese fondue, perfect to share snuggled under fur rugs in the courtyard. No Christmas is complete without a Christmas pudding and brandy custard or sticky toffee pudding with stem ginger ice cream finished off with a selection of cheese. Take the hassle out of Christmas Day as Bluebird welcomes guests to a traditional three course feast, complete with all the trimmings.
Nutcracker, I do love you, but I can’t stay in the Land of the Dolls forever.
350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU
T: 020 7559 1000