Where to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show 2022 in London

Mhairi Mann

24 May 2022

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns to its springtime slot this year, transforming the Royal Hospital from 24-28 May. Mark the occasion with afternoon tea, workshops and resplendent installations

24 May 2022 Mhairi Mann

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here is much to celebrate at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. It is the first springtime event in two years, showcasing spectacular garden designs alongside innovative new ideas. It will also joyfully commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with several majestic displays. Further attractions include the House Plant Studios and capsule-sized spaces created specifically for small living quarters and balconies.

The show is sponsored by The Newt, the exalted Somerset hotel owned by South African businessman Koos Bekker and his wife, Karen Roos. The green-fingered property is known for its immaculate gardens, originally designed by former resident Penelope Hobhouse and updated by French architect Patrice Taravella. Champagne Pommery is the tipple of choice this year, noted for its sustainable wine-growing practices.

If you haven’t secured tickets to the main event, you can still enjoy an array of flower-themed satellite events across London. Tickle your tastebuds with specialty menus and botanical cocktails, or marvel at extraordinary floral installations across Mayfair and Belgravia.

Chelsea in Bloom

Chelsea in Bloom 2019

In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show, the neighbourhood's retailers dress up their storefronts each year with whimsical and imaginative installations, which are every bit as impressive as the main event. In honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, this year’s theme is British icons, so expect to see flags and floral crowns aplenty. Undoubtedly one of the most uplifting events in London, immerse yourself in floral displays galore, which stretch from Sloane Street down the King’s Road, as well as Pavilion Road and Duke of York Square. This year's edition will also see SUGi, Louis Vuitton and Cadogan collaborate on a 'native forest' placed at the entrance of the Chelsea Flower Show. Planted using a complex layered Miyawaki approach, the forest has been designed to ensure greater biodiversity and to become a self-sustaining habitat with three years.

23-28 May, chelseainbloom.co.uk

The Cadogan Arms

Chelsea's favourite boozer The Cadogan Arms is pulling out all the stops in honour of the Chelsea Flower Show with a new lunch menu inspired by the Chelsea in Bloom installations. Available from 23 May - 5 June, the menu riffs on proper British pub classics, including prawn cocktail, fish and chips with mushy peas and trifle. There will also be a limited-edition cocktail menu from Bombay Sapphire, including a Cadogan Gin Sling (gin, Benedictine, orange, pineapple, grenadine and cherry) and King's Road Calling (gin, sherry, hops, bitters and lemon), while guests will also have the opportunity to win a year's worth of drinks for two.

23 May - 5 June, thecadoganarms.london

Chelsea Barracks Spring Fair

Floral celebrations extend past Chelsea to Belgravia, as shops, restaurants and residences spruce up for spring. The Chelsea Barracks development is joining the flower-fuelled festivities by decorating its gardens and entranceways with blossoming installations. The ultra-luxe, exclusive enclave is made up of super-prime apartments, penthouses and townhouses that fetch up to £38 million. It was named Europe’s most sustainable development, due to its abundance of green space and recycled materials. It is fitting then that floral sculptures have been created by Shane Connolly, a pioneer in Environmental Floristry with a royal warrant to his name. Visitors are encouraged to explore the gardens and learn about the plants and herbs on display. Chelsea Barracks will also host The Artisans’ Market from 25-27 May, brimming with green-fingered gifts. Find ceramics, planters, artwork and bouquets, and linger with coffee or a glass of wine in the afternoon.

25-27 May, chelseabarracks.com

Teddy the Shetland pony visits The Goring

The Goring is one of the area's most popular destinations during the Chelsea Flower Show, due to its close proximity to the action and sumptuous interiors, which are a favourite with the royal family. It boasts one of London’s prettiest private gardens, which is currently also home to a Shetland pony called Teddy. Visit the hotel for a special afternoon tea, which places a dainty twist on British classics, including Cotswold chicken finger sandwiches to handmade pork sausage rolls.

Until 1 September, afternoon tea from £60 per person, thegoring.com

Sculptures and workshops at Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is a historic, glass-roofed thoroughfare in the City of London, noted today for its upmarket boutiques and restaurants. During Chelsea Flower Show, and as part of the Chelsea Fringe event series, the space will be filled with soaring floral sculptures by Julian Carter. Workshops taking place under its roof include, Cheese at Leadenhall, which will be hosting a flower crown-making masterclass on Thursday 26 May in partnership with Loire Valley Wines. Expect plenty of cheese, fine tipples and merriment.

Until 29 May, workshop tickets £10 per person, leadenhallmarket.co.uk

Sketch, Mayfair

Image: Mike Cocksedge

Mayfair hosts its own mini flower show every year in tandem with the main event in Chelsea. Sketch goes all in for this, transforming its already impressive dining spaces with verdant installations. This year's theme is Dream Garden and will feature expect immersive displays throughout the hallway, restaurants and the renowned bathroom pods, designed by JamJar Flowers, Ricky Paul Flowers and Carly Rogers Flowers. Highlights will include a fully-functioning swing, suspended meadow and bespoke cocktail menu with a portion of proceeds donated to Hospitality Action.

18-30 May, sketch.london

Afternoon tea at No.16, South Kensington

Hidden in the heart of South Kensington, No.16 is a boutique Firmdale hotel with eclectic, sumptuous interiors by Kit Kemp. The Flower Show-themed afternoon tea serves a selection of finger sandwiches, as well seaweed scone with lobster mayonnaise, strawberry Eton mess tart and rose and pistachio polenta cake. Afternoon tea is served in the gorgeous, light-filled orangery or the secluded, tree-filled private garden.

£50 per person, firmdalehotels.com

Daphne's and The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Richard Caring lays claim to the most decorative restaurants in London, including Scott’s, Daphne's and The Ivy Chelsea Garden. The restaurant group goes all out during the Chelsea Flower Show, with floral displays, special menus and colourful, limited-edition cocktails. This year South Kensington hotspot Daphne's will come alive with a butterfly-themes facade, interiors and terrace, alongside an array of Chelse Flower Show-themed dishes, including zucchini flowers with mozzarella and pesto and tuna tartare with avocado, as well as limited-edition cocktail menu created in collaboration with Malfy Gin.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, already well known for its floral exterior, will welcome a series of woodland creatures to its facade while inside the venue's chic bar will offer a series of cocktails designed with Italicus and Lillet. Must-tries include the Garden Party (Lillet Blanc, Absolut Elyx Vodka, sugar syrup and lime juice) and Love is a Rose (Plymouth Gin, Lillet Rose, Pink Grapefruit Juice and Fever-Tree Pink Grapefruit Soda).

Daphnes, 16-30 may, daphnes-restaurant.co.uk; Ivy Chelsea Garden, 23-28 May, theivychelseagarden.com

No. Fifty Cheyne

Storied Chelsea restaurant No. Fifty Cheyne has teamed up with West London-based fashion house Rixo and French aperitif brand Lillet to create a celebration of gastronomy and style inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show. There will be a special Rixo cocktail menu as well as a limited-edition menu of fresh English favourites, including oysters, spider crab gazpacho, roast monkfish, and strawberry and champagne souffle.

23-28 May, fiftycheyne.com

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