A small courtyard garden behind Rococo Chocolates. The layout plans were by Dræyk van der Hørn of Bonnington Square Pleasure Garden, executed by Chantal Coady, the shop’s founder, who has also been closely involved with the Bonnington Square gardens.
Once a neglected city space, with a lone acacia tree, the garden now features a Moroccan tile mosaic and is filled with fragrant plants – all the things used in the Rococo repertoire: rose, lavender, geranium, mint, jasmine, and a kaffir lime. The result is a stunning asymmetric mirrored courtyard in the middle of Belgravia, where you can sip mint tea, hot chocolate or cappuccino. Cakes freshly made on the premises.
Many elements in the garden are recycled: old mirrors came from the late Lady Rusheen Wynn-Jones house’ in Sprimont Place and tiles from Dar interiors. The garden is now a favourite hangout for local birds, with a couple of resident robins. Tits, a family of blackbirds, and even a great spotted woodpecker visit the garden.
Activities: Alice will be making chocolate – visitors can watch through the glass. Teas, coffee, cakes.
Entrance: Through 5 Motcomb St – Rococo Chocolates
Nearest postcode: SW1X 8JU
Buses: C1, 19, 22, 137, 452
Cycle hire station: Harriet Street
Toilets: Toilet on site.
Access: One step into the shop and a flight of stairs down into the garden.
Dogs: Working assistance dogs only
Conditions: A maximum of 12 people at a time: it is a very small space!