It’s blooming marvellous, the beautiful annual festival of floral art which took place between the 20th to 25th May 2019. It extends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show into the local neighbourhood. There were some impressive floral displays all made from real plants and flowers. Below I have listed my favourites although I didn’t get to see them all. Visiting on a Saturday the displays are starting to wilt the best day to visit is on the launch Tuesday. Also during the week, there are fewer people if you want to take shots of the displays.
For me, one of the best things about Chelsea In Bloom for a photographer is that are plenty of shots to take of the floral displays and if you are patient someone will come along who is dressed up and will match the colour schemes.
Saturday was particularly busy in Sloane Square and all along the Kings Road. The weather was beautiful, my partner and I took the chance to visit the various displays. So you will see her in some of the shots. We first visited all the places north of Sloane Square and then made our way to Kings Road and the Duke of York Square. Where we had a pitstop for a late lunch at Polpo an Italian restaurant. We then went further up the Kings Road and found a new cafe called Maître Choux. It had only recently opened in the last 6 months. After having something to eat we visited the rest of the shops with displays, coming back down the other side of Kings Road.
There are around 80 shops who took part, dressing up their shops in floral art, this years theme was Under the Sea. The public then votes for the best looking shop.
Polpo Italian Restaurant
We had lunch in an Italian restaurant at the Duke of York Square. The food was delicious we managed to get in after a wait for 5 to 10min. It seemed a very popular place especially as there were a lot more people out for Chelsea In Bloom.
We both ate different meals mine was Sea Bass with peas, my favourite fish and it was very delicious. Fay’s choice was a tagliatelli ?? which she thought was nice but a bit too salty. The presentation of the food was excellent as can be seen in the photos. The service was great even though they were very busy.
Floral decor for Chelsea In Bloom
Delicious food served
Delicious Italian food served
A high-end pastry chain with exquisite French eclairs which is what we had. This is the 4th store for the Micheline chef Joakim Prat. Choux pastry is a light dough that rises in the oven, leaving the inside soft and hollow and the outside golden and crispy. A staple of every patisserie in France, it is a very malleable yet simple bakery base. The patisserie is beautiful inside in terms of the decor, it certainly has the wow factor and the pastries are gorgeous also. It’s definitely a place to visit if you are in the area.
Fay eating the delicious eclair
Cup of tea
The easiest way to get there is by tube via Sloan square station, with links from the district & circle lines. Every year Sloan square has maps of the various displays around the area. Look out of the displays in 2020 when the Chelsea Flower Show is on.
You can catch more of my photographs below plus loads more on Flickr (link below). Feel free to comment below if you visited and tell me which one was your favourite. The floral display returns next year if you missed it in May.
Chelsea in Bloom – http://www.chelseainbloom.co.uk
Duke of York Square – http://www.dukeofyorksquare.com
Polpo Italian Restaurant – https://www.polpo.co.uk/locations/chelsea
Maitre Choux – https://www.maitrechoux.com
My Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/alalchan
My Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/alalchan/albums/72157669324167808