Last Updated on May 15, 2019 by Fiona Maclean
Chelsea Flower Show Preview and Recommended Hotels:
Nothing heralds the start of the summer in London like the Chelsea Flower Show. An amazing and inspirational experience for mere amateurs, like me. The show gardens have been planned a year in advance, and all the plants brought to the point of perfection for the show; some of them slowed down and some of them brought on. I first went to the Chelsea Flower show with my mum in the early 1990s, and although it was busy I was blown away by the beauty. Last year, I was lucky enough to get press accreditation and attended on behalf of London-Unattached.
It is far busier on non-press days, but one way to enjoy the show in a more refined way is to dine at Jardin Blanc. This is a secret garden restaurant, run by none other than Raymond Blanc.
The hospitality packages sound amazing.
With the La Tulip in the evening of Thursday 23rd May, you will get entry to the show, a show guide, champagne and canapes, tasting dishes served throughout the evening, a complimentary open bar which includes champagne and flower themed cocktails. Plus later on, a DJ and live music will entertain you.
Le Jasmine on the Friday 24th May will give ticket holders access to Chelsea and then a Champagne afternoon tea, more champagne with canapes, a complimentary open bar, live music and then access to Chelsea Lates at the Bandstand.
Both packages sound divine, and what could be nicer than to make the whole thing into a really special event by staying at either the LaLiT London or the Nadler Kensington? The hotels have partnered with Jardin Blanc, to offer guests a bespoke discounted rate on tickets to Jardin Blanc when purchased with a night’s stay. With both packages including general admission to Chelsea Flower Show throughout the day.
We have reviewed the restaurant at the LaLiT London previously and were impressed. If you are looking for a hotel with character, this ticks all the boxes.
The Nadler in Kensington is incredible convenient to get to Chelsea. A short hop on the tube from Earl’s Court to Sloane Square and then a walk, bus, or taxi ride to the Royal Hospital. The reception staff are warm and welcoming, and keen to tell you about local places to go to eat, drink, shop or get your hair styled. If that’s the kind of pampering stay in London you are looking for, the hotel has negotiated all sorts of discounted deals with local businesses.
The 65 rooms are warm and welcoming, with everything you need. We stayed on the fifth floor, which was quiet, and the bed was really comfortable leading to a great night’s sleep. There’s a good selection of toiletries, a safe, a hairdryer, and a feature I loved; in-bedroom kitchenettes complete with Nespresso machines. Having your own fridge means that you can keep something nice on ice after a long day of admiring the show gardens!
After a busy night at the show, head back to your hotel and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Or, stay a night before the show for the perfect start to your RHS Chelsea Flower Show experience.
25 Courtfield Gardens,
London, SW5 0PG
181 Tooley St,
London SE1 2JR
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Royal Hospital Road
Royal Hospital Chelsea
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Disclosure: We stayed as guests of The Nadler for the purpose of this review. All content is editorially given.