Where to stay for Chelsea Flower Show 2023

Have you got your ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show? The world’s most famous flower show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, is taking place next week - Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th May, at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. And by the sounds of it, RHS members and ticket holders are in for a real treat!

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the biggest events in the horticultural calendar and the best place to discover cutting-edge garden designs, new plants and even get inspiration for your own garden. It’s also a great excuse to book a few days away in London and enjoy a fun-filled city break. Sound good? Stick with us as we give you a quick rundown of what to expect at this year’s event and where to stay near the Chelsea Flower Show.

How much does it cost to go to Chelsea Flower Show?

First and foremost, the Chelsea Flower Show isn’t cheap, so if you were expecting a free event, we’re sorry to disappoint you! RHS members get discounted Chelsea Flower Show tickets starting from £37.85 per person. Non-members can expect to pay anything from £48.85-£115.85.

If you still hope to get your hands on a ticket, you’ll need to be quick. At the time of writing this blog post, non-member all-day tickets are available to book on the RHS website on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (£115.85 each).

What to do at the Chelsea Flower Show 2023

If you’re a green-fingered flower fanatic, Chelsea Flower Show is likely high on your bucket list of gardening events to attend. Attracting gardening enthusiasts worldwide, it’s essentially the ‘London Fashion Week’ of the international gardening scene. Here’s what to expect:

Enchanting Show Gardens

When it comes to Show Gardens, no one does it like Chelsea. RHS Chelsea’s gardens represent the very best of the best in horticultural excellence, with show-stopping designs, innovative materials and beautiful blooms. So much work goes into the displays, and if you’re looking for the ‘next big thing’ in the world of garden design, this is where you’re going to find it.

The smaller Sanctuary Gardens are designed to highlight the benefits of gardening on our mental health and well-being, with a real focus on sustainable and wildlife-friendly planting. You will also find several balcony and container gardens designed for urban living. So there really is something for everyone at Chelsea!

Plant Exhibitors in the Great Pavilion

Inside the Great Pavilion, some of the world’s finest growers and nurseries exhibit impressive displays. Don’t be afraid to ask questions - the exhibitors are there to share their passion for plants and offer expert advice!

You will also find the Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion - home to educational exhibits promoting the latest discoveries in horticultural science. This year, it’s honing in on gardening to combat climate change and improve mental well-being.

Houseplant Studios

Houseplants are still a huge horticultural trend, so if you’re looking for inspiration for your home, head to the Houseplant Studios at Ranelagh Gardens. Discover more unusual plants for your home and learn what makes them unique.

Shopping at Chelsea Flower Show

You’ll undoubtedly want to pick up a souvenir of your Chelsea Flower Show experience, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of handpicked artisan traders offering a unique choice of horticultural products and gifts.

Celebrity spotting at Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a celebrity hotspot and the perfect place to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Over previous years, several famous faces have visited RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Dame Judi Dench, Gwyneth Platrow, Rod Stewart and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The late Queen Elizabeth II was the royal patron of the Royal Horticultural Society from 1952 and a regular visitor to the Chelsea Flower Show for over 70 years until her death in September 2022. This year, the show will feature a ‘Royal Tribute Garden’ to commemorate the life of the late Queen and mark King Charles’ Coronation with flowers reflecting both the Royals’ planting tastes.

Hotels near Chelsea Flower Show

Do you still need to book a hotel for the Chelsea Flower Show? Plans Change has some fantastic London hotel offers, including:

38% off rooms at The Ritz (12 mins away)

49% off rooms at Conrad London St James (13 mins away) 

29% off rooms at St James Hotel and Club London (14 mins away)

39% off rooms at Thistle Trafalgar Square (22 mins away)

37% off rooms at ME London (24 mins away)

32% off rooms at The Waldorf Hilton (25 mins away)

32% off rooms at One Aldwych (28 mins away)

46% off rooms at St Giles London (32 mins away)

Keep your eyes peeled for exclusive cheap hotel deals for Chelsea Flower Show on our Resale Deals page too!

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