April showers, and May certainly flowers! If you’re looking for a day out filled with the beauty of mother nature, and content that’s Instagram-worthy, then read on for our top five unmissable flower shows this season!
London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR
Opening Hours: Tues 21st– Fri 24thMay: 8am-8pm | Sat 25thMay: 8am-5:30pm
Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington
The prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’sChelsea Flower Show is back for another glorious week of beautiful flower shows and exciting awards. From the forestry of The Resilience Garden, by Sarah Eberle, to The Morgan Stanley Gardenwhich considers the importance of sustainability, it’s safe to say this year’s flower show has plenty to offer! There’s plenty of things to do alongside the beautiful displays themselves. Dine in style with a menu designed by Raymond Blanc (reserve a table to avoid missing out!), or enjoy tasteful cocktails and cool jazz with the Chelsea Late. Selected tickets for the flower show remain, so don’t forget to get yours now!
Image: Reckless Gardener
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU
Opening Hours:Tues 2nd– Sat 6thJuly: 10am-7:30pm | Sun 7th: 10am-5:30pm
Nearest Tube: Hampton Court Station
We just cannot stay away from the Royal Horticultural Society, as they’re putting on yet another flower show, just a stone’s throw away from central London; the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival! Packed with innovatively designed gardens like the Stop and Pause Garden, The Therapeutic Gardenand so many more! There’s also plenty of food and beverages to go around, with the Wild Banquet Garden created by a Michelin-star chef, and even summery Waterside Hampers by Fortnum & Mason! This is a must-see, ticketed event; so be sure to reserve yours today.
Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE
Opening Hours:13thApril – 27thOctober, 10am-7pm
Nearest Tube:Kew Gardens Station
Kew Gardens is a beautiful destination all year round, and their current exhibition Chihuly: Reflections on Nature, is definitely one to see! Artist David Chihuly is currently showcasing his show-stopping, luminous artwork in the spectacular spaces of Kew Gardens. There’s even a night-time experienceavailable, where you can see the beauty of Chihuly’s installations become illuminated under the night-sky, what could be better?! Tickets are available online or on the door(but it’s cheaper online!).
Image: Capel Manor Gardens
Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ
Opening Hours:Sat 25thMay – Mon 27thMay, 10am-5pm
Nearest Tube: Turkey Street Station
For those who love flowers, succulents, and everything nature-related, then we recommend checking out Capel Manor’s Cactus and Succulent show! Situated on the outskirts of North London, Capel Manor is home to a natural paradise with stunning views of a Georgian manor house. Their three-day event features a wonderful display of over 200 cacti, succulents and unusual beauties which are seldom available. Admission to the gardens itself is only £6 for adults, and £3 for children.
Opening Hours:Monday 20thMay – Saturday 25thMay
Nearest Tube: Bond Street or Marble Arch
As it’s the season for flower shows, the streets of Belgravia are soon to be flourished with wonderful flower installations, with secret meanings to be uncovered. There’s over 50 installationsto see, and what’s even better? It’s all free! There’s also exciting workshops that you can book on to throughout the week, from floral cocktail making to a fragrance workshop! Tickets start from £11.25, so we recommend booking yours soon!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top five London flower shows! Will we be seeing you wandering the streets of floral Belgravia, or enjoying tasteful cocktails and evening jazz at the Chelsea Flower Show? Let us know in the comments below! If you like our posts, you’ll love our Instagram.