Where is the Chelsea Flower Show?
Each year as soon as Spring arrives, anyone with a love of plants starts making their plans to visit the Chelsea Flower Show, held in the grounds of West London's Royal Hospital Chelsea. Attended by a wealth of celebrities including the Queen herself, the show displays a vast range of exotic botany from all corners of the globe.
When is this year's Chelsea Flower Show and what to expect?
During the show in Chelsea, this year from May 19th – May 23rd, 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 an interactive workshop. Try your best 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.
Is there a dress code at the Chelsea Flower 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...
What restaurants are near the Chelsea Flower 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 last year's celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show is anything to go by, then we're in for a treat this year. 2019 saw Annabel's unveil a façade entirely covered in flowers to mark the occasion. We can't wait to see what they're planning next...
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.
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).
What hotels are near the Chelsea Flower Show?
- 11 Cadogan Gardens
- Draycott Hotel
- Blakes London
- My Chelsea
What Plum Guide apartments are near the Chelsea Flower Show?
A bit cliché, but first on the Plum Guide list to be close to the Chelsea Flower Show, is the ‘Garden Apartment’. Newly renovated this elegant garden flat in Chelsea will be the perfect stay for anyone looking to have a trip where they're surrounded by botany. Complete with its very own herb garden, why not trying planting some of the seedlings you picked up at the show – see how much they’ve grown when you come back for your second visit.
If you are 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’re managed to get access to another luxury flat for you to stay in with its own private roof terrace and balcony. Filled with rich dark wood and 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.
Only 20 minutes walk from the Chelsea Flower Show, this two bedroom Chelsea Beach House is a great spot for a family retreat. 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. If you’re wanting to immerse yourself in a world of plants during this stay, pop round the corner to the Ivy Garden for lunch and celeb spotting or buy a bottle of champers to bring back to the flat’s patio garden.
So you’ve come all the way to London to visit the Chelsea Flower Show and you want us to continue the plant theme? Well then let's step a little further into Fulham (don’t worry you’re still close to the show) and head over to Plum Guide’s Tropicana. This two bed funky fresh flat 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. If that sounds too tiring why not relax at home - try opening the patio doors to let the air flow in whilst you make your newly taught botany cocktail, then put your feet up and rest on the tropical sofa.
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