If the Chelsea Flower Show got you itching to give being green fingered another go, why not come back to London in July and book a ticket to see the Hampton Court Flower Show. Buried in history, Hampton Court Palace was built under Henry VIII's rule of infamy. A trip there back in the day might have had you a beheading on the cards, but now it’s a gloriously beautiful palace where you can roam the site and unearth some history as well as some flowers. In this post we’ve dug up some of our finest accommodation listings so you’ll be able to stay close to the flower show in a style that’s fit for a King.
# 1 The Snug - A stone's throw away from the Hampton Court Flower Show
If you’ve seen enough plants for one day head back to a cosy home like The Snug, perfect for up to two guests. Situated in sleepy borough of Richmond, you’ll be close to Hampton Court Flower Show and placed amongst what feels like a friendly bustling village – great for those looking for a quieter type of holiday. You won’t get bored though as this self-contained flat in a family home is full of facilities– think a patio garden, big TV and ping pong table. If you get stir crazy easily, not to worry though as there’s plenty to experience in Richmond like the famous Richmond Park or high street area for some shopping – stop off at Whole Foods for some seriously yummy healthy food. If this isn’t enough for you, venture into the city centre – it’s only 20 minutes away by train.
If you need to bring the kids and grandparents to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, then we suggest staying in Rich Monde mansion – because why not stay in a mansion? This whopping property sleeps up to 12, so there’s plenty of room to escape whoever you want. With luxury facilities like a hi-fi system, air hockey table, home cinema and ping pong table, be sure not to get distracted and miss the flower show. If you do manage to visit the show, afterwards you’ll be spoilt for choice with the local bars and restaurants – try Jackson And Rye on the river front for some tasty high end American diner food. Or, if you’re feeling lazy, you can take advantage of the home’s private chef to cook you up a storm!
You’ve had a long day at the Hampton Court Flower Show so it’s time to head back to your Plum Guide accommodation and relax in beautiful Balham. This one bed flat will ensure you are well equipped for a luxury stay – with your own private patio, wine cellar and TV, you’re fully prepped for a takeaway movie night with your number one. When fully rested, spend the next day exploring the local area like Battersea Zoo or Clapham Common. If you’re hungry one of our favourite eateries for couples is Counter Culture a restaurant that seats less than 10 people and serves the best nduja sausage and sourdough bread in town.
If you’re wanting ultimate luxury out of your London stay when visiting the flower show in Hampton Court, there’s only one destination – Kew Gardens BNB. In this listing you’ll find not only Super King, but Emperor Sized beds, all with en-suites, fancy toiletries, bath robes and a loo that will literally wash you squeaky clean! But that’s not all – the highlight of your stay will be the beautifully prepared breakfast you’ll receive each morning of your stay. Mmm morning coffee in bed. Situated in the stunning area known as Kew and on the doorstep of Richmond, you’ll be spoilt with a choice of countryside-esque walks to tire you out before you stop off for dinner at Glasshouse where you can dine like royalty.
The Unicorn is not the closest of all these listings to the Hampton Court Flower Show but is still within a taxi or train distance from the palace. Located in Hammersmith, this home is designed to perfection – and it should be because it’s the home of famous interior blogger Karine Kong. You’ll find this stunning home scattered across pinterest boards and Instagram accounts as Karine’s design skills have been praised highly in the media for this exact home. Perfect for a large family, you and the kids will have a choice of 5 rooms to stay in all of which are the epitome of beautiful, bright Scandi minimalism. With amenities such as a library of books, board games, fireplace and rooftop terrace there’s something to keep every type of person occupied. Take a wander outside and you’ll stumble across one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, Westfield where you can let loose the kids in a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants.
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