If you're going to be around London during the Chelsea Flower Show, but are not going to venture into the showground, or perhaps have some time to spare, then why not take a look at some of the other things to see and do around London.

What else is on in London during the Chelsea Flower Show 2023

Chelsea in Bloom

Just a stones throw from the Chelsea Flower Show, you can see the floral bonanza of Chelsea in Bloom, the free-to-attend festival of flowers. Restaurants and retailers around Chelsea will be adorning their facades with floral displays from the 22-28 May under the theme 'Flowers on Film'. Last year's theme was 'British Icons' in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee.


Union Jack classic mini car surrounded by flowers
© Chelsea in Bloom / Dave Benett
RHS / Luke MacGregor

Chelsea Fringe

Also running in tandem with the show is the Chelsea Fringe, the alternative festival celebrating gardens, plants and outdoor space. Events for the Fringe are happening all over the UK as well as abroad, but there are plenty based in London that are worth paying a visit to.


Cow Parsley at the Henley Quakers Garden
Henley Quakers Garden © Chelsea Fringe

Chelsea Physic Garden

Visit the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, just down the road from the Chelsea Flower Show grounds. The oldest botanic garden in London, the Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 and sits on the Thames Embankment.

Last year, the garden declared the world's first microclimate emergency. Entry to the garden starts at £12.50.


Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden © Chelsea Physic Garden

Belgravia in Bloom

Another London neighbourhood will be putting on floral displays from the 22-29 May. Belgravia in Bloom's theme of Into the Wild will see boutiques and restaurants in the area adorned with crafted flower exhibits.



As part of Belgravia in Bloom, Biscuiteers Belgravia Cafe will be hosting floral themed DIY icing classes. They'll be hosting icing sessions during which you will learn to decorate floral biscuits. You'll leave the class with a beautiful tin of biscuits you have iced yourself

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Tickets start at £90.


Floral iced biscuits
© Biscuiteers

The Chelsea Barracks Spring Fair

In honour of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Chelsea Barracks are hosting a Spring Fair (24-27 May) that will transform the Garden Squares. The event will be a destination to sample British food and beverage, artisanal inspired products and take part in workshops and discussions from pioneers in the garden and landscaping field.

There is also a sculpture trail celebrating women in art running at Chelsea Barracks until the end of June.



Molly Blair
Molly Blaireditorial and digital assistant

Molly is the Gardens Illustrated's editorial and digital assistant. She has a roof garden and has her RHS level 2.