We’re delighted to be part of London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend again by opening the secret garden behind our Motcomb St branch. Taking place on 12th-13th June 2010, Open Garden Squares is a rare opportunity to discover gardens in London you never knew existed and enjoy special activities.
In our case, of course, ‘special activities’ means chocolate! We’ll be giving out samples of mint tea, iced tea and chocolates all Saturday and Sunday, and we’ll be selling limited edition floral bars that Laurent (chocolatier & Prof du Choc) has made for the occasion with Jasmine or Rose in 71% Grenada chocolate.
On Saturday morning from 11:00-13:00 we’ll also be having a tea morning in the garden with Sue Snell, author of The Garden at Charleston. The book is a look through the seasons at Charleston House, the country seat of the Bloomsbury set. We’ll be serving a special Charleston Blend tea from Bellocq, and each purchase of the book will come with a free gift of 3 floral Rococo mini chocolate bars.
The Marococo Garden was once a neglected city space with a lonely acacia tree. It’s now a hidden oasis featuring a fountain and a Moroccan tile mosaic that inspired the brand new Artisan bar wrappers that you’ll be able to taste and buy during the weekend.
Many elements in the garden are recycled: old mirrors came from the ‘witch’s house’ in Sprimont Place, and tiles from Dar interiors. It is filled with the fragrant herbs and flowers we use in our chocolate recipes: rose, lavender, geranium, mint, jasmine and even a coffee plant. It’s now a lovely retreat not just for our customers but also for local birds. We have a couple of resident robins, tits, a family of blackbirds, and even a great spotted woodpecker visits the garden. Our only problem is stopping the chocolate cats from trying to eat them!
The garden is located behind the Rococo Chocolates shop at 5 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JU. It’s under a 10 minute walk from Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge tubes, and under 15 minutes walk from Sloane Square and Victoria. We are also very close to all of the buses running along Knightsbridge and Sloane Street.
The shop can be contacted on 020 7245 0993 or [email protected].