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Sipping on herb-infused cocktails whilst scoffing gorgeous food by Kofler & Kompanie and joining in on one of their workshops all set in a truly stunning location – what more could we ask for?!

If you’ve not heard about Farmopolis yet, it’s essentially a floating garden (created by Secret Productions and the award-winning architectural firm Wayward) located on a jetty on the Greenwich Peninsula. Created in partnership with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Farmopolis is offering a new home to thousands of plants and trees from this year’s show, creating an urban oasis with killer views over the Thames. The space is really big and airy, filled with gorgeous plants and flowers EVERYWHERE!

The Café is now open and the new autumn menu offers locally sourced, seasonal food from breakfast, through to dinner. Kofler and Kompanie, the guys behind the Pret a Diner pop up concept and this year’s Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion have created a really colourful menu inspired by the beautiful surroundings. The Chefs that are delivering the goods are Emmanuel Eger and Felix Weber from The Magazine restaurant, the spot designed by Zaha Hadid Architects at Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

We kicked things off with the High Tide, a vodka based concoction with peach, ginger beer and basil which had the perfect amount of sweetness vs the zingy-ness of the ginger. The Farmopolis Fizz, a thyme infused Limoncello topped with sparkling wine makes the perfect aperitif, and we’ll return for the Spiced Yellow Tomato Bloody Mary next time we need to nurse a hangover! There’s a small list of natural wines, fizz, beers and some really interesting virgin cocktails.



Now onto the food, which definitely didn’t disappoint! Choose among dishes from the soil, land or sea and you will find delicious mains such as salt baked sweet potato, ricotta and sprouting coriander to crispy Fosse Meadow chicken, coleslaw and dill or opt for Scottish Salmon Tabbouleh, Baby Spinach and Heritage Tomatoes. All the dishes had lovely textures and colours and were just as much a feast for the eyes as for our bellies! To end things on a sweet note, we opted for the Chocolate, Kentish Cherry and Sea Salt which consisted of some very yummy chocolate ‘dirt’, topped with chocolate sea salt mousse and stewed cherries sprinkled with beautiful edible flowers – we did consider ordering a second round!



However, Farmopolis isn’t just about the food and drink, they have a fab list of events lined-up for the coming months too. Think workshops to make your own Cyanotype tiles, preserves, even bicycle pannier! There will also be DJ nights, talks, yoga (for adults and even the kiddies!), arts and crafts classes and children’s theatre performances by Arcola Theatre. Also in the works are a series of supper clubs with guest chefs. There’s already talks of a second phase of the project to create an urban farm on reclaimed land close by where the Chefs will create farm-to table menus, working with the farmers, growing herbs, florals, fruit and vegetables. Watch this space.

With such an awesome line-up of events and delicious food and drink, we’re already looking forward to our next visit! Even if you don’t live nearby, we definitely recommend you make the trek down to Famopolis to see what it’s all about!

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