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Formerly known as the Great Spring Show, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower show is a traditional and imaginably the most famous flower show in the world. In short, this is the Cannes of the Flower World or the Milan Fashion Week of the Fashion World! This one of its kind show attracts 157,000 global visitors each year. The theme for this year is ‘Health, Happiness and Horticulture' that talks about the health benefits of greening the grey spaces. Each year, new plants are launched and old plants are revived.
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Planning on visiting this phenomenal festival of colours and scents? Read on for a comprehensive guide on the Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The schedule for Chelsea flower show 2016
The Chelsea flower show 2016 dates will be from 24-28 May in London. The Opening times for the show are from 8 am to 8 pm, Tuesday through Friday and 8 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday. During the span of this colourful festival, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be covered in lively blossoms, transforming the grounds to the venue of the World’s paramount flower show - Chelsea Flower Show gardens.
You can book tickets to this grand flower show on the official website of the Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea flower show location
The showground of Royal Hospital, Chelsea flower show location is 11 acres in size and is visited by thousands of people daily during the flower show.
What to look forward to
- As her majesty, the Queen turns 90 this year, the RHS Chelsea flower show will showcase beautiful photographic exhibits and floral arch in her honour.
- Diarmuid Gavin, popularly known as the horticultural showman will showcase his bizarre garden gadgetry that comes to life every 15 minutes
- Visitors can listen to the musical notes at the acoustic garden inspired by world-leading percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
- Visitors can witness horticultural inspirations from across the globe including Jordan, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Japan, Chile, Australia and more
How to get to Chelsea flower show
You can get good deals with British Airways, Jet & Air India. Compare rates, stop overs and time before selecting the suitable flight.
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How to Travel within London
The best way to get the most out of your travel experience is to travel via public transport, it helps you acquaint with the local routes, cultures and sometimes even local people.
Tube & Bus
You can take a tube and travel to the Sloane Square tube station, which is a 10-minute walk from the showground. Likewise, bus numbers 19, 22, 319 and C1 stop at Sloane Square and Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 360 and 452 stop closest to the showground
You can also commute by train, London Victoria is the closest train station to the flower show.
Shuttle Bus Service
There is a shuttle service by the name of London General which operates a shuttle service from 7am to 8pm, Tuesday to Friday and commutes between the following stops:
- Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road, Stop Z5 (pick up only)
- Royal Hospital Road at Royal Hospital Stop U (set down only)
- Chelsea Embankment North Side, west of Ambulance Gate
- Chelsea Bridge Road, temporary stop outside Infirmary Gate (pick up only)
- Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road, Stop 11
The charges for this service are as follows:
- £4 adult single, £4 concession single (senior citizens, children and travelcard holders)
- £6 adult return, £5 concession return
There is nothing better than exploring the tracks of beautiful London on cycle. Cycle racks are available in Burton’s Court opposite the London Gate entrance.
You can pre book your parking space with your tickets at the public parking area in Battersea Park which has over 2000 spaces available from Tuesday to Saturday. The Battersea Park is 20 minutes’ walk from the show. Alternatively, you can park and take the services of buses or a mobility bus to drop you to the show ground from Battersea Park. The charges are included in your parking ticket. The cost is £29.50 for a full day or £19.50 for the afternoon.
MBNA Thames Clippers can ride you to the Cadogan Pier. The RB6 service operates during weekday peak times. RHS members receive a good discount on single fares.
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Places to stay near Chelsea flower show:
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Located within the suave district of Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea Cloisters is just 1 km away from the flower show. It houses elegant, individually designed studios, one and two bedroom apartments. The apartments are complete with fully equipped kitchenette, washer / dryer, refrigerators. The spacious living room and cozy sofas add on to its charm. Apart from the in-room amenities, the hotel also has a beauty salon a daily maid service, 24 hour reception, a secure parking area and a choice of restaurants serving sumptuous food.
Cheval Phoenix House at Sloan Square
This award winning hotel is located in the heart of Chelsea. This hotel has it all luxurious rooms with a fully equipped kitchenette, Wi-Fi, 24 hour concierge, Italian Frette bed linen, goose down duvets and feather pillows, perfect for a good night sleep after a wonderful time at the flower show. Here you can choose from a luxury one bedroom apartment, loft suite, studio apartment and superior one bedroom apartment.
San Domenico House
A luxurious boutique hotel, located in the heart of London. The artistic rooms designed carefully with antiques, paintings, classic furniture enhances the old world charm.The rooftop terrace is also available for exclusive use of the hotel guests. The hotel is very close to Victoria Station, Buckingham palace and Hyde Park. The world famous Harrods is also in close proximity of the hotel.
Restaurants near Chelsea flower show:
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Tom Kerridge & Nigella are among the many fans of this amazing eatery. Their must tries apart from Sushi and Shashimi include BBQ pork belly buns and miso grilled baby chicken.
This place is always full, book ahead.
The fine traditional Italian cuisine with slight modern undertones are sure to blow your mind away. The charming alfresco is a fine seat to book. Their wide range of antipasti, salads, pastas, risottos are a big hit.
You may want to pair some wine along with these delectable delights!
Chef Anna Haugh of London House had put up an amazing limited edition floral menu especially for the Flower Show last year. The rose and black pepper marinated Dingley Dell pork chop with a carnation salad and the dessert, a kaffir lime panna cotta served with mango, sorrel flowers and crystallised chocolate were complete hits. You may want to go in for a bite of this unconventional menu.
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Other places to see in London
Tower of London
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For over one thousand years, the Tower of London has played the role of a home to royalty, a prison and even London’s first zoo! This place holds history like no other. Here you will be mesmerized by the priceless Crown Jewels and the White House. Try and get access to watch the Ceremony of the Keys, which takes place in only two buildings in all of London.
Buckingham palace tour is a top item on most itineraries when in London. It is surrounded by some of most picturesque park lands, the Palace serves as the official London residence of the Queen. On a private tour, you can expect to visit 19 staterooms, get a look at the most amazing art and sculptures in London and have a glass of champagne in the Great Hall. Already feeling like royalty? Don't miss out on one of the most important places to visit in London while enjoying the flower show.
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The London Eye boasts of some of most amazing views of the city. The giant Ferris wheel stands out distinctly in London's skyline. It has 32 capsules, weighing 10 tonnes each and can hold up to 25 people. Climb aboard for an unforgettable experience and a breathtaking view of 55 of London's most famous landmarks.
London Bus Tours
The London buses are undoubtedly the best way to savour the delights that London has to offer. You can choose from tours of top London landmarks, night-time tours and even Duck Tours. These tours are not rigid and they let you jump on and off so you can visit attractions, have lunch and go shopping.
Attention Potterheads! Warner Bros. Studio is an absolute must for you. The experience of exploring the magic of the Harry Potter films is mind blowing. This exclusive walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and also showcases array of beautiful sets, costumes and props that were used in the movies. They also let you in on some closely guarded secrets like facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.
Plan a trip on these guidelines and experience the grandeur of the Chelsea Flower Show this season!
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