Marcus Wareing’s restaurant, The Gilbert Scott, at the St Pancras Hotel, London, provided the iconic venue for us to install a pop-up garden to launch a new champagne for Moët Chandon. We were very pleased to be able to bring softness and greenery to one of the busiest parts of the capital, whilst making a secluded space for the public to enjoy, whether as restaurant guests or passers by.
Visitors entered the garden through an antique ironwork pavilion with scented evergreen jasmine scrambling up and over the structure from oversized galvanised planters shaped like champagne buckets. Raised beds were designed to ‘slot’ onto the steps either side of the main entrance, giving us space to use scented plants inspired by the ingredients and colour of the champagne. Screening was provided by adding freestanding steel frames to existing planters for climbing plants to grow up. Two bespoke planters were installed beneath the front arches, planted with espalier apple trees, thyme and wild strawberries, intriguing passers by, whilst Muscat grape vines twined around the marble pillars. Tiny twinkling lights amongst the planting provided sparkle for evening guests.