The Chelsea Flower Show is a British institution. The Royal Horticultural Society holds shows all over the country, but the show at Chelsea is known worldwide. In 2020, the show will be held on the 19th - 23rd May.
At the show, you can see not only flowers but also Avant-Garde landscape design. Each year famous designers and gardeners view for recognition. Each garden is hoping to win a gold medal.
History Of The Show
The show has been held since 1912 when it was known as the Great Spring Show. The show has always been popular but the year of the Queen's Coronation was the start of a real boom for the Show. Virtually every member of the royal family attended the show, apart from the Queen. Since then, there has always been a royal presence at the show.
As the popularity of the show grew, so did the number of tents, until there was simply no room for any more. Every year, the show now reaches its maximum capacity of 157,000 people each year. Because of the popularity of the show, it is essential to get tickets in good time. If you leave it too late, you very may well miss out.
You can buy tickets online now. Some tickets are only available to members of the RHS. So If you want those tickets, you'll have to join the RHS first. This not only gives you access to more tickets, but they are also at a discounted price.
The show runs from 8 am-8 pm each day. Your ticket has an entry time, so you can get a cheaper entry if you don't mind arriving a little later in the day.
The closest tube station to the Royal Hospital Chelsea is Sloane Square. It's just under a mile to walk from the tube station to the grounds of the hospital where the Chelsea Flower Show is held. To get there straight from the Darlington Hotel, you will want to take the circle line from the Paddington station. The tube stop is just a short 10-minute walk from the hotel. The whole journey should take you less than half an hour.