If you are not attending the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but are around in the area during Show week and plan to fill your itinerary with alternative events, then take a look at our selection of food, drink and stunning floral displays to celebrate the return of RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Food and Drink
The Botanist Sloane Square
From pizza on the square to a delicious A La Carte lunch, take a break from the crowds and soak up the afternoon rays on Sloane Square with a cocktail or two.
Discover the menu at thebotanistsloanesquare.com
Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum Hotel
Available from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 26 September, this specially curated tea includes an assortment of cakes, sandwiches, freshly baked scones and teas for £39 per person. Head pastry chef Sergei has created this exclusive afternoon tea menu, which includes some specialties such as mango and passionfruit ‘Sunflower’ and a chocolate and blackberry ‘Pink Hydrangea’.
For more visit athenaeum hotel.com
Belgravia High Tea at the Como, Halkin
Indulge in afternoon tea at the Halkin Bar and Lounge, served from Monday to Sunday; between 2:30-5pm. Located just by Belgrave Square Garden, the Halkin Bar and Lounge area provides stylish yet comfortable surroundings where you can relax and indulge. For something extra special during the show week, you can upgrade your afternoon tea to ‘Champagne Flight’; from £69 per person, or ‘Cocktail Twist’; from £44 per person.
For more visit comohotels.com
RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show at Saatchi Gallery
For the first time, the RHS Botanical Art and Photogrpahy Show will be held at the renowned Saatchi Gallery. Running from 18 September to 3 October, this inspiring exhibition will feature over 200 pieces of the botanical artwork and garden photography by 34 artists from around the world. There will be a collection of intricate scientific botanical illustrations from fifteen artists and 19 photographers; all will be competing for an RHS medal – Gold Silver or Bronze.
Admission is free for Saatchi Gallery and RHS members. Tickets are £5 for non-members.
Open from Monday to Sunday; between 10am-6pm.
To book visit saatchigallery.com
A Celebration of Gardening – Emma Tennant
The botanical work of British artist Emma Tennant, will be on display at Soane Britain. ‘A Celebration of Gardening’ will feature an array of waterworks depicting flowers, fruit and vegetables grown in Emma’s garden, creating a botanical tour and inviting viewers on a journey through the seasons.
From Tuesday 21 September – Saturday 9 October for RHS Chelsea Flower Show and London Craft Week, at 50–52 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8LP
Gardens and shows
Chelsea Physic Garden
An array events taking place during the Chelsea Show week. Celebrate the turn of the seasons as the Autumn Equinox commences on Wednesday 22 September, in the stunning backdrop of Chelsea Physic Garden. Take time out from the hectic city and indulge in sensory mindfulness, meditation and contemplation. Taking place between 8-9:30am; tickets are £20 per person.
Plus, over the weekend of Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 September, celebrate Chelsea History Festival amidst the backdrop of stunning planting and greenery at Chelsea Physic Garden; where admission will be free for the whole weekend.
For more information visit chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
Belgravia in Bloom
Belgravia in Bloom is back this year. Running from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 September, Belgravia will become a ‘Floral Fairground’. This will be the sixth year running for the famed floral event, with this year’s theme being ‘Floral Fairground’. Stand-out exhibitions for this year include a mesmerising Helter Skelter tower at Eccleston Yard, designed by Moyses Stevens, decorated in flowers and pink candy floss. In Halkin Arcade, Neill Strain and Judith Blacklock have collaborated to create a floral carousel, even featuring fairground horses.
Visitors can marvel at the outdoor floral displays that have been curated by celebrated luxury florists in Belgravia. There is also a line-up of floral events and activities to take part in. Plus, there will be over 20 selected shops and restaurants that will also take part in the celebrated event, with their own bespoke floral displays. How many will you be able to spot?
For more information visit belgravialdn.com
Chelsea in Bloom 2021
Chelsea in Bloom will see the streets of Chelsea transformed with an array of beautiful floral displays. Taking place between Monday 20 to Sunday 26 September, the theme for 2021’s show is ‘Extraordinary Voyages’ which seeks to celebrate the joys of adventure and evoke the spirit of optimism. Produced by Cadogan in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), shops, restaurants and hotels will transform their businesses into a floral fantasy with their own unique interpretation of the theme. An expert panel will judge the displays and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 21 September.
The People’s Champion Award will be chosen by open voting via this website. Voting will close at midnight on Thursday 20 and the winner announced on Friday 24 September.
For more information visit chelseainbloom.co.uk
Planted is a brand new contemporary design show striving to help reconnect spaces and people with nature. The show will be unveiled, between Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 September, at Granary Square, King’s Cross, London. An exciting selection brands who have sustainability and nature at the heart of their ethos will be exhibited across three show sections; Natural Living, Botanical Market and Sustainable Design. Confirmed exhibitors include, Bacsac, Honext, Nikari and Plant Designs. More will announced nearer to the event.
For more visit planted-cities.co.uk