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29-31 Draycott Place, London, Chelsea, SW3 2SHShow on map
Many of San Domenico House Hotels previous guests have praised the hotel's ornate decor; however, being situated in a Victorian town house in between the elite Knightsbridge and fashionable Chelsea districts... Read More »
4 star urban cool hotel
354 Queenstown Road, Battersea, SW8 4AEShow on map
Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, next to the stunning greenery of Battersea Park, The Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa offers a very chic getaway for discerning business and leisure... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
35 Ixworth Place, London, Chelsea, SW3 3QXShow on map
A trendy, modern hotel, the Myhotel Chelsea offers deluxe accommodations and is situated on Ixworth Place in South Kensington, just a few minutes away from the King's Road. Myhotel Chelsea was traditionally a... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW32JRShow on map
The Knightsbridge district of London is famed for its attractive Victorian architecture, its exquisite shops, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores and its very affluent residents. It's true... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
26 Cadogan Gardens,, Belgravia, SW3 2RPShow on map
It is hard to believe that a hotel as quiet and restful as The Draycott Hotel can exist so close to London's busy Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Thanks to thoughtful design and a passionate eye for detail, an... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
7-12 Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, SW1W 8EGShow on map
The Sloane Square Hotel is a luxurious modern establishment located just off Sloane Square, the 18th century. Situated in between Knightsbridge and Chelsea, you will be surrounded by some of London's most... Read More »
Sloane Avenue, London, Chelsea, SW3 3DWShow on map
South Kensington and Chelsea are perhaps London's most exclusive districts, where properties change hands for millions of pounds and celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Hugh Grant own properties.... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
9-11 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6PUShow on map
The Sydney House hotel in Chelsea is a hip, modern, four-star deluxe hotel on Sydney Street. Located just opposite the Royal Marsden Hospital, the hotel enjoys great transport links; just five minutes walk to... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
115 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9PJ, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9PJShow on map
Durley House Hotel is a very luxurious establishment, with a unique concept; an 'all suite' hotel, offering only one, high class of accommodation, to engender an air of exclusivity in this classically stylish... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
142 - 144 Warwick Way, Victoria, SW1V 4JEShow on map
The Windermere Hotel, London is located in the historic location of Victoria in Westminster Borough, right in the heart of the capital of the United Kingdom. The Windermere Hotel is close to many well visited... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Chelsea Physic Garden
As a huge industrial centre and a bustling metropolis, London's nickname 'The Big Smoke' is apt at times, but amongst the town houses, shops and high rises, London has some beautiful green spots where you can appreciate the calmer side of the city. From the 16th to the 19th century, Kensington and Chelsea were rural suburbs of London noted for their market gardens and nurseries, and the Chelsea Physic Garden is a beautiful spot, which is reminiscent of those days.
The garden was founded in 1673 to train apothecary apprentices in identifying plants for medicinal purposes, and has a wealth of history in its roots. Some of the plants in the garden were gathered on Captain Cook's voyages and Sir Thomas More used to dock his boat at the north wall of the garden. In 1713 Chelsea resident Dr. Hans Sloane purchased the garden and reduced the lease to £5 a year, providing the Royal Society of Apothecaries supply the Royal Botanical Society with 50 herbarium samples a year. This generous offer allowed the garden to become the important botanical centre it still is today.
The garden holds over 5,000 species of plants, many of which are rare, endangered or of a medicinal and ethno botanical interest. It also has greenhouses for rare tropical plants, and a unique microclimate due to the tall buildings nearby, so visitors may be surprised to see palm trees and grapefruits growing. To learn more, visitors can enjoy a free tour of the gardens when plants are in season. The garden also has a thriving selection of local wildlife including birds, mammals and insects and a colony of bees.
Located on the north bank of the Thames, the nearest tube station is Sloane Square, which is about a 20-minute walk away. It's possible to get the 22 bus towards the garden and then it is a 9-minute walk from Chelsea Town Hall. Younger children may find the walk tiring.
There is a lot to see around Chelsea and South Kensington, so you may wish to stay in the area. The nearest hotels to the Chelsea Physic Garden are in Imperial Wharf, about a 20-minute walk away, where you can stay at the reasonably priced Jurys Inn Chelsea, which is a chain hotel, but is ideally placed in the picturesque Chelsea Wharf area. A pricier option with a great deal more panache is the 5 star, all suite Wyndham Grand Hotel; which offers breathtaking views, achingly hip decor and flash amenities like a swimming pool and a spa, so may be worth a splurge. Nearer to Sloane Square, 15 minutes from the garden is the Pastana Chelsea Bridge Hotel Spa; again this is a pricy option, but with cool contemporary elegance and wonderful river views, it might be worth treating yourself.
The garden has a cafe, with a good selection of snacks and refreshments, and a shop selling produce, souvenirs and gardening tools. It can also be hired for special events. As always, visitors should be aware that London's weather is very changeable, so it's best to pack an umbrella in case of unexpected showers.
In summer months, the garden can get quite busy, although it is quieter and still very beautiful in autumn months. Although the garden is only open to the public from April - October, the garden has occasional winter events (usually in February) called 'Snowdrop Days', where they open their snowdrop nurseries, so we advise checking the garden's website for exact dates.
There is a programme of activities for children including pond dips and summer workshops; however, visitors should note that only two children under 16 can accompany each adult, as some patrons have arrived unaware of this. Despite this minor inconvenience, the garden is well renowned as one of London's most serene spots and if you want to soak up some local colour, many Chelsea residents are friends of the gardens and socialise there regularly, so it is a good place to rub shoulders with the affluent locals.