Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Built between 1682 and 1692 by the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren, Royal Hospital Chelsea hospital is home to the Chelsea Pensioners, bachelor pensioners who served Britain in the armed forces during World War II and other conflicts. In March 2009, female pensioners were admitted for the first time to Royal Hospital Chelsea. Architecturally, the hospital is noted for its Chapel, Great Hall, State Apartments and museum. Its extensive grounds provide the setting for the annual Chelsea Flower Show. The museum features a 1:300 scale model, with an audio presentation, illustrating the hospital and grounds in the 18th century, display boards relating the institution’s history, a mock-up of a residential room and Pensioner uniforms, medals and memorabilia.


Venue name: Royal Hospital Chelsea
Address: Royal Hospital Road
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square
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This year was my first experience of The Chelsea Flower Show, and I was very impressed. The gardens were spectacular and the variety made it an interesting and exciting experience.

The Hospital itself doesn't play a major part in the visitor experience, but it looked very pretty from a distance. The facilities available at the show were of fair quality. 

The food and drink prices were on a par with most summer events (e.g. Wimbledon), but the queues were so long I didn’t try any of it so I can’t comment on the quality – though the chips smelled good!

If you can get a ticket I definitely recommend it.On a sunny evening it's a wonderful experience. Having returned this year on a weekend, I'd suggest going early in the morning - there was an hour at the beginning of the day that was much emptier and therefore a much more pleasant experience.