Where to Stay Near Chelsea Flower Show
Each year anyone with a love of plants starts making their plans to visit Chelsea Flower Show. Here are some of the best places to stay and things to do nearby.
Each year, as soon as spring arrives, anyone with a love of plants starts making their plans to visit the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The show, formally known as the 'Great Spring Show', is held in the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea and is attended by a wealth of celebrities including the Queen (as well as fabulous folk like you, of course). The show displays a vast range of exotic botany from all corners of the globe and provides plenty of garden inspiration.
What to expect at the show?
During the show in Chelsea, you’ll no doubt be spoilt for choice on what to do during your visit. Not only can you get inspired by the incredibly diverse range of plants on display, but you can also take part in interactive workshops and activities. Try your hand at making a luxury botanical cocktail, give the topiary workshop a go - or if you’re not feeling too confident - a simple introduction to garden design might be more appealing. If you're remotely green-fingered you might want to get your hands on a ticket. When you do manage to grab one, let Plum Guide make things a bit easier for you by helping you out with accommodation for your stay.
How to dress for the show?
There is no official dress code at the Chelsea Flower Show, but if you feel like dressing up, you certainly won't be alone. Any excuse to show off those glad rags...
Our favourite places to stay near the show
London has plenty of hotels and vacation rentals to choose from, which can make the task of choosing one seem like quite the nightmare. That's why we here at Plum Guide exist – to help rid the unreliability and unbearability of travel. Here are some of our favourite luxury homes in Chelsea and its surrounding neighbourhoods for you to choose from. Our home critics personally vet each and every home on our site, to make sure they're up to the (very) high standards you deserve.
Garden Apartment, Chelsea
A bit cliché, but first on the Plum Guide list to be close to the Chelsea Flower Show, is Garden Apartment. Newly renovated, this elegant garden flat in Chelsea is perfect stay for anyone looking to have a trip where they're surrounded by botany. Complete with its very own herb garden, why not try planting some of the seedlings you picked up at the show – see how much they’ve grown when you come back for your next visit.
A Chelsea Retreat, Chelsea
If you're visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, chances are you’ll want to somewhere with a garden. In London, private outside space is practically gold dust, but we’ve got a range of luxury flats for you to stay in just like this one, with its own private roof terrace and balcony. (How fancy?) Filled with rich dark wood and sumptuous sofas to sink in to, this secluded garden flat in the heart of Chelsea is the ultimate place to stay if you’re looking to combine a spot of shopping and dining with your flower show ticket.
Chelsea Beach House, Chelsea
Only a 20 minute walk from the Chelsea Flower Show, this two bedroom Chelsea Beach House is a great spot for the whole family. With plants, colourful cushions and the private bedroom balcony all contributing to a homely vibe, you’ll find it hard to leave this beautiful apartment. Of an evening, pop around the corner to the Ivy Garden for lunch and a little bit of celebrity spotting. Or, treat yourself to a bottle of something sparkling and enjoy it out in your home's patio garden.
Want to get a bit tropical during your visit to London? Well, let's step a little further into Fulham (don’t worry you’re still close to the show) with a stay at Plum Guide's Tropicana. This two bedroom vibrant will ensure a great stay where you can easily explore the local area. Famous for its scenic routes, great pubs and cafés like Hally’s, there's plenty to enjoy in Fulham. If the thought of going out after a long day of looking at flowers sounds too tiring, why not relax at home - open the patio doors to let the air flow in whilst you make the botanical cocktail you've just learnt about. Put your feet up and lounge out on your tropical sofa. Go on, you deserve it.
Hotels in the area
- 11 Cadogan Gardens
- Draycott Hotel
- Blakes London
- My Chelsea
Where to dine near the show?
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
A rival to the flower show itself, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a favourite amongst visitors thanks to its (aptly) fabulous floral decor. Head to the terrace and garden area to really embrace the theme of your trip.
If previous years' celebrations of the Chelsea Flower Show are anything to go by, then you're in for a treat on your next visit. 2019 saw Annabel's unveil a façade entirely covered in flowers to mark the occasion. We can't wait to see what they've got up their sleeve this time...
Only a stone's throw away from Grosvenor Square is where you'll find this lavishly decorated restaurant (there seems to be a theme here...). To expand on just how lavishly decorated it is, they installed a ceiling of baubles for Christmas and a ceiling of roses for Valentine's Day. This is a great spot for anyone celebrating a birthday in London.
Bluebird is another popular option for a post Chelsea Flower Show treat. They serve a delightful afternoon tea (and an even more delightful champagne afternoon tea, naturally).
Much-loved within Chelsea and South Kensington's restaurant scene, Daphne's is a great choice for those looking for a little taste of Italy in London. The black truffle risotto is a must-try (as is the tiramisu).
So, there you have it – our guide to where to stay near Chelsea Flower Show. The show will be taking place from 18–22 May 2021 so get ready for a fabulously floral affair then. If you're looking to combine your Chelsea Flower Show trip with a shopping spree, then take a look at our guide to the best area to stay in London for shopping next.