Top 5 things to do in Chelsea this summer © Royal Horticultural Society/Chelsea Flower Show

Top 5 things to do in Chelsea this summer

From the blooms of the Chelsea Flower Show to the sounds of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chelsea is a buzz with the cool, classic and contemporary

Throw on your day-to-night dress, grab your tote and make your way to London's style-fuelled Chelsea for hours of eclectic entertainment, gourmet dining and pin-crunching shopping. Here is our pick of five of the best things to do in London's sophisticated SW3 postcode...

1. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The world's most esteemed flower show returns to the Royal Hospital in Chelsea from 19th – 23rd May. With gardens galore bursting with gorgeous blooms to peruse, including Prince Harry's Sentebale charity garden, Harrods' Fragrance Garden and award winning gardener Jo Thompson's garden for M&G, don't miss this annual celebration of green fingered prowess.

For the ultimate experience, Harrods have teamed up with the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park to offer a special 'On the Fringe' package including one night's stay, two tickets to Chelsea Flower Show, private rickshaw ride to and from the show, personalised perfume experience at Harrods Salon de Parfums and a floral-themed Afternoon Tea for two at The Rosebery. Guests staying at the hotel will receive two tickets to visit 'The Fragrance Garden' at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, travelling in style to the show in the hotel's bespoke rickshaw. And if you're too late for show tickets, why not head to Chelsea Fringe - the Alternative Garden Festival, which runs from 16th May – 17th June. 


The Mandarin Oriental 'On The Fringe' With Harrods For RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

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2. A feast of fab foodie openings
Chelsea has welcomed some fine dining of late including The Ivy Chelsea Garden and the revamped Kurobuta. Next on the list is Gordon Ramsay's 14th UK restaurant, Maze Grill Chelsea, which opens this May. Akin to the signature Maze Grill in Mayfair, the Chelsea restaurant will also specialise in rare-breed steak as well as fish and poultry from the grill, sharing plates, sushi and salads. Or for something with a laidback European appeal, head to Chelsea's Duke of York Square where Venetian restaurant Polpo opens this month, offering Venetian small plates, Prosecco and spritz.

Maze Grill Chelsea

© Maze Grill Chelsea

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3. Browse the boutiques of Chelsea Green
If you can tear yourself away from the lure of King's Road shopping, Chelsea Green and its bevvy of boutiques and village style shops are well worth a visit. Our favourites include Finns of Chelsea Green, one of London's first delicatessens, fleur b. for gorgeous off duty separates, The Chelsea Fishmonger, Runaway Coast for seaside inspired home wares and Amaia Kids, who specialise in gorgeous garments for the little ones.


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4. Buy some art at Collect, Saatchi Gallery
One for contemporary art lovers and collectors, COLLECT at Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery is the place to buy world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft. With 35 international galleries showcasing work from both established and emerging artists from 8th – 11th May, you can be assured of sourcing something suitably stylish and most definitely innovative.

COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery

© Collect

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5. Concerts at Cadogan Hall
Just a two-minute stroll from Sloane Square is Cadogan Hall, one of London's leading venues for orchestras and the London home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. May's concert highlights include the Grand Opera Gala with the Royal Philharmonic on 12th May, London Chamber Orchestra on 15th May and Close to You: Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet on 16th May.

Cadogan Hall

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1 Amaia Kids
3 fleur b.
4 The Chelsea Fishmonger
5 Runaway Coast
6 Maze Grill
7 Polpo
8 Finns of Chelsea Green
9 Chelsea Flower Show
10 Kurobuta, The Ivy
11 Cadogan Hall