One of London’s most vibrant appointments is back. From 20 to 25 May, Chelsea will transform into a floral explosion as boutiques in the area adorn their shop windows, entrances and shelves with stunning creations limited only by the imagination. Blossoms last year were transformed into gowns, corgis, a tea party to just mention a few wonderfully executed ideas, as they vied for the prize for Best Floral Display. Don’t miss this year’s theme which will be ‘Chelsea through the ages’ as the air fills with the delicious scent of cornucopias of flowers.
The event is not limited to the shops however and there are several wonderful ways that the public can enjoy it thanks to a wonderful selection of activities. There will be complimentary walking tours that leave from Sloane Square that are highly recommended several times a day, (check schedule on the event website, www.chelseainbloom.co.uk/tour-schedule), or for a more exotic experience hop on a complimentary rickshaw for a leisurely and fun experience. You can also purchase flowers (all profits will be donated to charity) for the Wall of Flowers and be a part of the event by contributing your own creative flair to the on going display; watch it evolve as over the course of the 5 days and transform into a stunning pattern. And what botanical event would be complete without a maze? Try your luck in the one that will be located on Sloane Square.
Several of the area cafes will also dedicate their menus to the wonderful world of flowers with floral themed teas, sweet confections, juices, fantastically imaginative savoury dishes and much more; or enjoy a glass of champagne at the Pommery Champagne bar.
The last day of the event will see the Saturday Market in full bloom where market traders will create delectable foods inspired by flowers. And should you feel inspired to plant your own little corner of loveliness at home, stop by the Seed Pantry (in Duke of York Square) and pick up all you need to create your own little window garden.
Brunello Cucinelli, Hackett, Montblanc, Anya Hindmarch and Rag & Bone are just a handful of this year’s participants who will transform Chelsea into a delight for the senses. If you’re lucky enough to be in London next week, don’t miss this singular and quintessentially British event.
For complete information on Chelsea in Bloom, please refer to the event website: www.chelseainbloom.co.uk.