Follow in the footsteps of royalty and explore one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world.
The quiet gardens of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea become a hive of activity every May when an army of garden designers and other contractors create an amazing transformation. From landscaped grounds, a maze of specially designed gardens, marquees, shopping areas, food courts and much more suddenly appears. This is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the most prestigious flower show in the world.
It has become a key part of the London Social Season. HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, together with numerous specially invited guests arrive for a special preview day during which the RHS team make their decisions on the much sought after awards. A gold medal at Chelsea is the highest achievement that can be reached by garden designers or plant companies. Garden themes this year include health & well being and how green spaces can improve lives in the smallest of areas.
Following the special preview day, the event is opened up to the public, attracting thousands of people every day. You can book a stay at any of the luxury service apartment London and head for the event. With no parking on site, visitors have to use public transport. The nearest tube is Sloane Square – 10 minutes walk away although there are some bus routes which stop nearby.
Pre-booking is essential, as demand for tickets is very high. This year, the options have been made even wider as a new evening opening has been introduced. Chelsea Late offers the opportunity to explore the display gardens and outside areas in the twilight, a time when the scent of the flowers is at its greatest. Various bands will be providing music as will numerous wandering artists. Visitors will be able to buy food at the artisan food market, relax with an evening picnic and discover the latest gardening trends. So, for tourists it is advisable to book a stay nearby at any of the affordable London holiday apartments.
The final day of the show is always one of the most popular, especially with anyone looking for some bargain plants. As the very end of the show looms, many top class plants from the nurseries and display gardens are sold at vastly reduced prices to avoid having to transport them back! Demand from gardeners wanting something special to take home is very high!