Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden London's Oldest Botanical Garden Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants.
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Throughout the 1700s it was one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum.

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We always make sure to squeeze every last ray of sunshine out of summer, but it's undeniably autumn in the Garden.Our Wo...
13/10/2020

We always make sure to squeeze every last ray of sunshine out of summer, but it's undeniably autumn in the Garden.

Our World Woodland Garden always steals the limelight during October. Look out for the bright red 'burning bush' Euonymus alatus, an archway of climbing Clematis and hops, our very own Skimmia x confusa 'Chelsea Physic', and the beautiful Betula lenta, bursting with autumn colour.

The magnificent Acer cappadocicum 'Rubrum' on the edge of the lower lawn is shedding leaves at a rate of knots, leaving a bright yellow carpet around the Monocotyledon Order Beds and another job for the gardening team.

Have you met Gigi at the Physic Garden Café yet?Gigi and the team are celebrating all things chili with their 'Spice of ...
12/10/2020

Have you met Gigi at the Physic Garden Café yet?

Gigi and the team are celebrating all things chili with their 'Spice of Life' specials during October.

Enjoy Indian mulligatawny soup, followed by Durban chicken curry or tangy aubergine and lentil stew.

There are a still places left at the Durban Curry Club on Friday 23 October, when you can choose from casual dining or a special five-course tasting menus.

Follow the link to book tickets https://bit.ly/36fubwU

Are you ready for Halloween?We have a packed programme of eye-popping events for all the family running from 25-30 Octob...
07/10/2020

Are you ready for Halloween?

We have a packed programme of eye-popping events for all the family running from 25-30 October.

Join us for a 'Broomstick Ride' and discover some of our most mysterious plants, or a 'Spooky Family Tour' around the ghostly Garden.

For grown ups in search of a spine tingle, be part of the 'The Haunting of Chelsea Physic Garden', led by befuddled 1950s movie star Sir Derek Dustyreel.

Tickets available now https://bit.ly/2BWaVrg

You'll find plenty of inspiration for young horticulturalists from @herboo at our Houseplant Market this Saturday 10 Oct...
06/10/2020

You'll find plenty of inspiration for young horticulturalists from @herboo at our Houseplant Market this Saturday 10 October.

Book your ticket today https://bit.ly/2RtzksA

Not enough light in your back garden? Nothing growing? Pick up some tips and a shade-loving plant or two from window-box...
06/10/2020

Not enough light in your back garden? Nothing growing?

Pick up some tips and a shade-loving plant or two from window-box specialists Hello There Linda at our first ever Houseplant Market this Saturday 10 October https://bit.ly/2RtzksA

It won't just be plants on show at our first ever Houseplant Market this Saturday 10 October https://bit.ly/300kzSSAcorn...
05/10/2020

It won't just be plants on show at our first ever Houseplant Market this Saturday 10 October https://bit.ly/300kzSS

Acorn Vase will be here with their beautiful gardening glassware, as well as plant-friendly ceramics by GRAEN, art by STENGUN and Amanda Ross Art, Criterion soap, and candles by Wild Scents Botanics.

Book your ticket today https://bit.ly/300kzSS

Due to popular demand, ex-River Café chef Steve Beadle and wife Marilyn Chelliah Beadle have added a second date for the...
29/09/2020

Due to popular demand, ex-River Café chef Steve Beadle and wife Marilyn Chelliah Beadle have added a second date for their Durban Curry Club event at the Garden on Friday 23 October.

Steve and Marilyn, who hails from South Africa, have devised two authentic, mouth-watering menus for this unique occasion, packed with vibrant, punchy flavours showcasing KwaZulu-Natal’s distinctive style of curry.

Thursday 22 October is sold out, but you can now book tickets for Friday 23 October. https://bit.ly/36fubwU

We are open with FREE ADMISSION today, Saturday 26 September, and tomorrow as part of Chelsea History Festival.Book your...
26/09/2020

We are open with FREE ADMISSION today, Saturday 26 September, and tomorrow as part of Chelsea History Festival.

Book your free tickets to the Garden here https://bit.ly/31RhxS5

There'll be fun for all the family with pond dipping, planting workshops and storytelling on the lawn.

Come along and enjoy the last of the fine weather before autumn leaves start to fall.

Next month's Houseplant Market is shaping up to be quite an event! This is Alice from @forestldn. She'll be bringing som...
24/09/2020

Next month's Houseplant Market is shaping up to be quite an event!

This is Alice from @forestldn. She'll be bringing some amazing plants to the Garden on Saturday 10 October.

Book your ticket https://bit.ly/300kzSS

Our first ever Houseplant Market on 10 October  will be an event to savour judging by the amazing selection of indoor pl...
23/09/2020

Our first ever Houseplant Market on 10 October will be an event to savour judging by the amazing selection of indoor plant stalls coming to the Garden.

There'll be so much to choose from including the fantastic PengSucculents and classy Canopy Plants.

Book your ticket now https://bit.ly/300kzSS

The second Chelsea History Festival is now underway! Remember, admission to the Garden is FREE over the last two days of...
17/09/2020

The second Chelsea History Festival is now underway! Remember, admission to the Garden is FREE over the last two days of the festival on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, but you must book online http://bit.ly/3gzOsja

For those who can't make it in person, there are a number of fascinating FREE online talks scheduled over the weekend.

Join James Rebanks - author of 'English Pastoral: An Inheritance' - Saturday 26 September at 4.30pm as he discusses his efforts to restore rural life across the UK.

On Sunday 27 September at 1.30pm, Dr Olivia Chapple talks to Sue Stuart-Smith - bestselling author of 'The Well Gardened Mind' - about the psychological benefits of spending time amongst nature and nurturing your own plants.

Book your FREE online tickets and FREE entry to the Garden via the Chelsea History Festival website http://bit.ly/3gzOsja

Join us on Saturday 10 October for the first ever Chelsea Physic Garden Houseplant Market.We're celebrating the window b...
15/09/2020

Join us on Saturday 10 October for the first ever Chelsea Physic Garden Houseplant Market.

We're celebrating the window box wizards, the front-room farmers and the bathroom botanists who take pride in turning their offices and homes into horticultural havens.

With a range of stalls offering plants for all tastes, this is the ideal opportunity to expand your growing collection and pick up some top tips, as staff and volunteers at the Garden will give special talks on houseplant care throughout the day.

There will also be opportunities to see the Garden's magnificent indoor plants in our historic glasshouses.

Book your ticket now https://bit.ly/2RtzksA

It's getting to that time of year when reports of fabulous fungi popping up out of nowhere rush excitedly through the ga...
13/09/2020

It's getting to that time of year when reports of fabulous fungi popping up out of nowhere rush excitedly through the gardening world.

The second Chelsea History Festival will feature a fascinating online session on Merlin Sheldrake's book 'Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds And Shape Our Futures', Friday 18 September from 1.30-2.30pm.

Book your free tickets here http://bit.ly/3gzOsja. You can also book free tickets to the Garden on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September.

That's right. FREE ADMISSION to the Garden on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September.

On October 2/3, The Physic Garden Players present:The Year of the Monkey https://bit.ly/33cHmLQWe are delighted to prese...
08/09/2020

On October 2/3, The Physic Garden Players present:

The Year of the Monkey https://bit.ly/33cHmLQ

We are delighted to present a unique performance of Claire Dowie's iconic series of touching and comedic monologues, taking place in three settings within the Garden, each chosen to illuminate different elements of the play.

Working with actor and director Jessica Regan, we have co-created a theatre experience that both keeps people safe and provides an opportunity for artists to explore their craft and reinterpret material.

Performances will take place on the evening of Friday October 2 and during the day on Saturday October 3, with tickets strictly limited.

Book your place now https://bit.ly/33cHmLQ

📢Tickets are now on sale! With over 50 events over 10 days, Chelsea History Festival is coming to town, bringing history...
02/09/2020

📢Tickets are now on sale!

With over 50 events over 10 days, Chelsea History Festival is coming to town, bringing history to life both online and in Chelsea: http://bit.ly/3gzOsja

Follow the link to book your FREE TICKET to the Garden on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September!

Come and enjoy the last rays of summer sun at the glorious Garden for FREE over the last two days of Chelsea History Festival.

There'll be fun for all the family with planting workshops, pond dipping and storytelling on the lawn.

In association with National Army Museum and The Chelsea Pensioners.

Sponsored by Cadogan.

#ChelseaHistoryFest

28/08/2020
The Lawn Sessions on the main lawn at Chelsea Physic Garden

After a sell-out launch earlier this month, our midweek musical extravaganza 'The Lawn Sessions' returns on Tuesday 1 September!

We are thrilled to present a range of performances from some of London's best emerging talent - including Duncan Berrington, Rosie Holloway and TATYANA - with all profits from these fundraising events directly supporting the charitable work of the Garden.

It's selling out quickly. Book your ticket by clicking here https://bit.ly/34Jmm1I

Make sure to stop by the Physic Garden Café before the end of August and Eat Out to Help Out. Call in today and you'll g...
24/08/2020

Make sure to stop by the Physic Garden Café before the end of August and Eat Out to Help Out.

Call in today and you'll get a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner.

If it's your first visit to the Café for a while, we recommend one of their delicious platters.

We have a bee-yootiful range of Gisela Graham's summery stoneware mugs, jugs and honey pots for sale in our very special...
18/08/2020

We have a bee-yootiful range of Gisela Graham's summery stoneware mugs, jugs and honey pots for sale in our very special shop.

Make sure to take a look next time you visit. You can also shop online https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/shop

Chocolate Tuesdays are back, but this time it's Wednesday!Join our learning team next Wednesday 19 August to learn all a...
14/08/2020

Chocolate Tuesdays are back, but this time it's Wednesday!

Join our learning team next Wednesday 19 August to learn all about the history, geography and science behind fascinating Theobroma cacao - the tree that eventually leads to chocolate.

There'l be a Garden tour, chocolate tasting and the chance to create your own mixtures to take away.

Book now https://bit.ly/31Mg6mO

In a first for London’s restaurant scene, join Company of Cooks and esteemed chef Henry Harris on Saturday 22 August for...
11/08/2020

In a first for London’s restaurant scene, join Company of Cooks and esteemed chef Henry Harris on Saturday 22 August for a day of leisurely high-end dining in the picturesque surroundings of the Garden.

For one day only, Londoners can enjoy the fruits of what was one of the city’s best-loved restaurants - Henry's Racine - surrounded by the beauty of this special place.

Seatings are at 1pm or 6.30pm and a Cook’s Table dining experience - newly launched for the series by Company of Cooks - is available to book exclusively for a group of ten, with Henry presenting each course himself.

Click for more information and to book https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/racine-revival-at-chelsea-physic-garden

The Garden is buzzing with bees and other pollinators on this gloriously sunny day.Don't forget to have a browse through...
10/08/2020

The Garden is buzzing with bees and other pollinators on this gloriously sunny day.

Don't forget to have a browse through the shop during your visit, where we have plants propagated by our amazing Growing Friends and gifts galore including a sumptuous summer selection by Gisela Graham.

For those who cannot visit us right now, you can also shop online https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/shop

The Chelsea History Festival returns 17-27 September 2020, bringing the past to life with a line-up of talks, tours & ev...
07/08/2020

The Chelsea History Festival returns 17-27 September 2020, bringing the past to life with a line-up of talks, tours & events, both physical and virtual.

From natural to social history, military to art history, the varied programme will demonstrate the ongoing resonance and relevance of history today.

The line-up will include Philippe Sands, Hallie Rubenhold, Olivette Otele and Michael Morpurgo.

To keep up with the latest programme information, sign up for email updates and check out the new page Chelsea History Festival

Find out more: bit.ly/3gzOsja

The Chelsea History Festival was created in partnership with National Army Museum and The Chelsea Pensioners. Sponsored by Cadogan.

What a brilliant launch of The Lawn Sessions in the Garden last night!Thanks to all who helped to make it happen, partic...
05/08/2020

What a brilliant launch of The Lawn Sessions in the Garden last night!

Thanks to all who helped to make it happen, particularly the fantastic musicians, with the money raised a huge help to the Garden during these uncertain times 💚

Wondering what today’s launch of Eat Out to Help Out means for your visit to the Garden?You get a 50% discount on food a...
03/08/2020

Wondering what today’s launch of Eat Out to Help Out means for your visit to the Garden?

You get a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in at the Physic Garden Café up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner.

There’s no need for a voucher and you can avail yourself of the scheme every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August.

Feeling hungry now? Visit our website to book your ticket to the Garden today and tuck in.

Our Cool Fernery glasshouse remains closed, but head over to the south-west corner of the Garden for a little taste of A...
28/07/2020

Our Cool Fernery glasshouse remains closed, but head over to the south-west corner of the Garden for a little taste of Australia, including this fabulous Balantium antarcticum, also know as Dicksonia antarctica, Soft Tree Fern and - somewhat oddly - Man Fern.

Don't miss out on the latest special from the Physic Garden Café - delicious, refreshing Chilled Garden Pea & Mint Soup....
24/07/2020

Don't miss out on the latest special from the Physic Garden Café - delicious, refreshing Chilled Garden Pea & Mint Soup.

This comes heartily recommended from (very) recent personal experience 😋

We are open Sunday from 11am until 5.30pm.

Last orders at the Café - 4pm.

Book your entry ticket to the Garden now www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

These beautiful wild flowers are taking centre stage next to the main lawn here at the Garden today. We are open Sunday ...
23/07/2020

These beautiful wild flowers are taking centre stage next to the main lawn here at the Garden today.

We are open Sunday to Friday every week, book your tickets now at https://bit.ly/3hrb1GK.

Head down to the Apiaceae section of our Dicotyledon Order Beds behind the entrance kiosk, or pass the Pond Rockery, to ...
21/07/2020

Head down to the Apiaceae section of our Dicotyledon Order Beds behind the entrance kiosk, or pass the Pond Rockery, to see amazing Eryngiums at the peak of their prickly powers.

Visit www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk to book you ticket today.

Now is the perfect time for a stroll around our Garden of Medicinal Plants!See if you can spot this tremendous Thymus pr...
16/07/2020

Now is the perfect time for a stroll around our Garden of Medicinal Plants!

See if you can spot this tremendous Thymus praecox subsp. arcticus among the wealth of medicinal marvels 🌱💚

We are open!But our historic glasshouses remain closed for the time being.Rest assured, the gardening team are working t...
14/07/2020

We are open!

But our historic glasshouses remain closed for the time being.

Rest assured, the gardening team are working tirelessly every morning to ensure the precious collections continue to thrive, as you'll see from this pic of the Pelargonium House.

We look forward to the day when we can open up the glasshouses to visitors once again 💚

On this day 15 years ago, 52 people from 19 different countries were killed in a series of attacks on our home, London. ...
07/07/2020

On this day 15 years ago, 52 people from 19 different countries were killed in a series of attacks on our home, London.

Today, we remember them, and the many who were injured, who helped, and those who continue to live with the impact of this day 💚

There's an undeniable prickly feel about the Garden right now, with countless thistle heads protruding from the asterace...
07/07/2020

There's an undeniable prickly feel about the Garden right now, with countless thistle heads protruding from the asteraceae beds.

Keep an eye out for other prickly plants such as eryngiums (sea holly) and stunning solanumpyracanthum (porcupine tomato).

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Address

66 Royal Hospital Road
London
SW3 4HS

The nearest tube stations are Sloane Square or Victoria. 170 Bus from Victoria station will bring you directly to the garden

General information

- - - Currently closed until further notice - - - Garden Cafe and Shop open 11am - 6pm weekdays & Sundays Main Season commences Easter 2018 please check our website for full details of all our hours chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk __________________ Admission Charges Friends membership scheme admits Free entry to the Garden for 'Friends' of the Garden plus one guest Companions of disabled visitors are admitted free. Assistance dogs only. * Proof required Maximum of 2 children allowed per accompanying adult. N.B. 'Friends' must show their membership card on entry or they will be charged the full adult admission charge. Please note that we do not have the facilities for visitors to leave bags or belongings during their visit. If you would like to visit the garden more often than the above times, you can do so from £37.50 for an entire year by joining Friends of the Garden. ___________________ Refreshments Our Cafe serves refreshments, including light lunches and teas daily although we are closed at weekends until Easter Please note: You are not permitted to bring alcohol into the Garden __________________ Disabled Access Chelsea Physic Garden welcomes people with disabilities; we advise you to telephone before a visit so that we may give you full details of access, and ensure that your visit will be safe, comfortable and enjoyable. To this end, we have: Wheelchair Access The easiest access to the Garden is through the foyer at 66 Royal Hospital Road because there are steps down from the Swan Walk Gate (open on public days only)- There are no other steps in the Garden and access is via gravel or grass paths. The West Gate may be opened by prior arrangement with the office. There is a non-reservable disabled parking bay outside 66 Royal Hospital Road with dropped curb access to the pavement and another by the West Gate. There is a wheelchair for visitors at the Garden but please ring the office to book it as it may otherwise be in use.

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Can up let me know what time the Garden opens at on Saturday for the heralding Spring event on 25 Jan 2020? It isn’t clear on the website. Can members get in from 10 am?
Lovely visit thank you
Thank you for the wonderful morning at the Chelsea Physic Garden’s Christmas Fair.
Hello I have booked tickets for the Christmas Fair - it is required to print them, or can I show the PDF on my phone? Many thanks:)
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All the best, pour ce jardin que j'apprécie énormément...
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Hi. I popped down earlier today but the entrance was locked. Were you open today?
May I post this here, and if you would be so kind to sign and share. Thank you. 💚
A bit of a hike from Earl's court....
This is a lovely place to check-in Ronnie Green....