Matthew Williamson’s summer transformation of the Blakes Hotel garden

The fashion designer is bringing a touch of the tropics to the courtyard space

A yellow-and-blue mural creates a bold backdrop in the Blakes Hotel garden
A yellow-and-blue mural creates a bold backdrop in the Blakes Hotel garden

London’s Blakes Hotel is known as much for the privacy it provides celebrity guests as for the exotic influences behind its Anouska Hempel interiors. Bringing these two elements out into its garden this summer, fashion designer Matthew Williamson has reimagined the courtyard space as a tropical hideaway, opening on May 1.

A giant, gold-domed birdcage provides a covered seating area in the alfresco space
A giant, gold-domed birdcage provides a covered seating area in the alfresco space

A vivacious yellow-and-blue mural lights up the back wall, while oversized ferns and plants, including wild ginger and blue passionflower, fill the garden’s corners, and a covered seating area in the form of a giant, gold-domed birdcage makes for a fabulous focal point. The graphic grey floor tiling provides a tranquil home for furniture painted in Williamson’s mint-green paint (from his Durbar collection for Osborne & Little), while a tumbling flower wall adds scents to complement the sense of Mediterranean alfresco.

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“With this space I envisioned a secret, peaceful oasis in the city that brings a smile to your face,” says Williamson. “Somewhere uplifting, inspiring, full of colour, pattern and texture that people would want to return to time and time again.”

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Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cakes and early evening drinks will be served in the garden from 8am until 8pm. Expect to see some of Blakes’ signature dishes, such as king crab salad, buffalo ricotta ravioli and lobster paccheri pasta.

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