The Chelsea Flower Show descends to this part of West London for a week in May. If you have tickets, you have your flower spectacular for sure, but if not, don’t worry, Chelsea itself turns into a flower show with ‘Chelsea In Bloom.’ Shop fronts become floral artworks for all to enjoy, with a walk tour, or a rickshaw to take you all over the borough and immerse yourself in floral madness. This year’s theme is Under the Sea, highlighting the effects of plastics in our oceans.
Our guide to Chelsea during the Flower Show:
Breakfast in Chelsea:
Colbert : The up-market & most convenient as you get out of the tube at Sloane Square.
Poco at Manicomio : Pretty patio at the back for a sunny breakfast.
Comptoire Poilaine : Hidden opposite Peter Jones, it is the perfect spot for a croissant & a coffee.
Oyster Bar at Bibendum : Sit opposite one of London’s prettiest flower shops, surround by stunning art deco tiling in the Michelin Building for a tasty breakfast in dappled light. It’s a favourite of ours. Joe is the manager!
Duke of York Square has various choices. Pavilion Road has Wulf & Lamb for vegans, if not, the Roasting Pantry coffee is delicious, but check out our guide to Pavilion Road for all our recommendations. In Pimlico there is the Daylesford Cafe as you walk from Victoria and 5 minutes from RHS Chelsea. There is also a lovely little Italian just past David Linley on Pimlico Road.
Lunch in Chelsea:
The Phene – Pub that has a pretty outside space off the Kings Road, and good food.
Maze Grill – Royal Hospital Road & Park Walk. Delicious burgers, sushi, and, on Sunday, a fantastic roast.
Polpo – Duke of York Square. Delicious Sardinian dishes in small plates for sharing.
Gallery Mess – lovely on a summer’s day to sit on the terrace. Beware of the shade, it can get chilly, and as a sufferer of hay fever the pollen can be flying all over the place.
Daylesford in Sloane St – They don’t take reservations, so be early or go late.
Manicomio – Sit outside again in Duke of York Sq and watch the world go by.
Tea in Chelsea:
Ice cream pick : Ice Cream Union in Pavilion Road.
Peggy Porschen on the Kings Road. Newly open and a pink hit.
The Ivy Chelsea. The outside decoration alone is worth the visit.
Pavilion Wine in Pavilion Road – sit outside with a glass of wine and a slice of cheese. Who needs supper!
Goat Chelsea – A local favourite. Stay for the pizza too – truly yummy.
Barts – This little hideaway in Sloane Avenue have a special CFS cocktail. Knock knock when you find the door.
Bluebird at the top of the Kings Road is always worth walking up to. Sit outside and stay for supper. Booking essential.
Eating out (outside space):
Chelsea Farmers Market – closes at 9pm. You have choices of Gaucho, pizza and the market restaurant.
The Ivy Chelsea – If you can get a seat outside it’s a great spot to people watch and see the evening in.
Manicomio – Nothing more delicious than this Italian eatery on the Duke of York Square.
Chicama – Peruvian tapas at the top of the Kings Road. Truly delicious, and lovely to sit outside on a balmy evening. Can be very noisy inside.
Bibendum – Newly revamped, great reviews with exquisite food.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel : Newly opened, under British chef Adam Handling, is one to try.
Bibendum : Claude Bosi. Extraordinary food. If food was art, this is it.
Lucio – smart Italian with seasonal food that makes your mouth water.
Rabbit – Kings Road eatery that’s more neighbourhood than commercial, serving up delicious food.
Hans Bar & Grill – Attached to the Cadogan Hotel, this little restaurant with a cafe at the front is a real winner. Food is excellent.
Shopping : Duke of York, Sloane Street, Kings Road, Sloane Avenue for Conran, Jonathan Adler, Joseph, Walton Street, Sloane Avenue.
Culture Vulture: Saatchi Gallery, the Army Museum, art galleries in Walton Street. Not forgetting nearby South Kensington for the V&A, NHM & the Science Museum.
Fresh Air : Chelsea in Bloom, Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea Flower Show, Duke of York Square.
Map for Chelsea in Bloom : HERE