A Beginner’s Guide to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

How to make the most of the world’s most prestigious horticultural event

A tremendous British institution and one of London’s most cherished annual events, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns to London in May for another week of green gardens, Champagne, Pimms and pretty flowers. As one of our most-loved events of the year, which just so happens to take place on the doorstep of our 5 star hotel in London, we have brought you a step-by-step guide to the event to help you make the most of your week.

Buy Your Ticket

You will need tickets to get into the event. With very limited availability left, you need to make sure you book soon to avoid missing out.

Getting There

If you are staying in one of our gorgeous rooms at The Draycott, you only need to stroll ten minutes down the road to reach the event. However, if you are travelling from elsewhere in London, you can reach the event by bus (the numbers 11, 137, 211, 360, 170, 44 and 452 stop closest to the showground) or you can hop onto the tube from anywhere across the capital. The nearest tube station to the event is Sloane Square.

Although we do not recommend driving, there is parking available in Battersea Park, which you will need to reserve when purchasing tickets online.

Food and Drink

Throughout the duration of last year’s show, hospitality staff served up 24,000 glasses of Pimms (a true signifier of the beginning of our Great British Summertime), 17,500 cups of tea and 10,858 glasses of Champagne – the same is to be expected of this year’s show. With plenty of catering options to choose from on the day, you will be spoilt for choice at the show. Plan ahead and book your lunch, tea or traditional breakfast as an additional item when purchasing tickets to avoid disappointment.

Where to Stay

If you are travelling to the show from abroad, you will no doubt want to sleep somewhere local and luxurious. Book into a room at the Draycott, one of the finest boutique hotels in Chelsea where that quintessentially British feel of the flower show will follow you home to our hotel. After a long day exploring the impressive gardens, our staff will be waiting to welcome you home for the evening with a warm cup of hot chocolate before bed.

View our availability and book today.

Gardens not to be missed 

The finer details of this year’s show have not yet been revealed, but we do have our sights set on a couple of gardens to look out for.

These include:

  • Bermuda triangle
  • City Living
  • Walker’s Wharf
  • Breaking Ground

If you would like to learn a little more about what to expect from this year’s event, you can read the Flower Show’s ‘Ten Things to See’ while you wait for May to roll around.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a staple in any green-fingered gardener’s diary, so if you are interested in seeing some of the best horticultural talent in the world, book your tickets to the show today to avoid missing out.

Make sure you pop into the Draycott for a spot of afternoon tea or for an overnight stay at our boutique hotel in Chelsea to make this year’s show an extra special one.

View our availability and book today.



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