FashionBite was delighted to receive an invite to the Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Peoneve Terrace this week, where we sampled delicious cocktails in honour of the newest Penhaligon’s fragrance.
The decadent Fifth Floor Terrace in Knightsbridge, London has been transformed into a magical and multi sensory garden for guests to enjoy until the end of August. The summery rooftop space provides the perfect antidote to the manic crush on the streets below, where foreign visitors in the country for the Olympics are taking full advantage of the area’s unparalleled shopping. Huge overgrown peonies and laser-cut insects vie for attention amongst the colourful garden surroundings, that are filled with the delicate new scent from the fabled English perfume house.
Upon arrival, we were treated to a preview of Penhaligon’s latest scent. Peoneve opens with a burst of greenness from Violet Leaf absolute which gives way to a heart of luscious Peony, peppery Bulgarian Rose and a powerful white floral note courtesy of Hedione. The sensual base notes add a sense of summer abandon to the scent; earthy Vetiver, mischievous Musk and warm Cashmere Wood. The lush garden surroundings captured the essence of the fragrance beautifully – we’re hooked!
It was then time to begin making our way through the bespoke cocktail and dessert menu… and where to begin? Each of the cocktails have been inspired by the unique notes within the fragrance, including delicious and mouth watering tipples such as Peoneve Punch and Peoneve Collins. We opted for the ‘Rose Garden’, containing fresh Kentish raspberries with white peach, Naked Chase vodka and pressed apple juice served over stunning rose water spheres that released more flavour as they began to melt. Next we tried the ‘Violet Breeze’, with lovely Violet liqueur, Williams Gin and cherry liqueur with pressed lemon. Bliss!
The surprisingly hot weather called for something cool – we just had to sample the terrace’s fantastic ‘Boozy Pops’, the most grown-up of ice lollies we’ve ever had. ‘The Brambleflower’ certainly hit the spot, comprising Bramley apple, mint and Chase elderflower liqueur. The extensive dessert menu has been inspired by the velvety scent of blossoming flowers, combining classic favourites like white chocolate with Peony mousse. If you fancy something a little lighter, try the Kentish Strawberry and fresh mint salad.
We had a wonderful time on the terrace- a big thanks to Penhaligon’s for a fantastic afternoon. We can’t wait to get our hands on a bottle of Peoneve or two!