Before and during my blog trips I always ask fo tips on what to do and see in my destination. When I was in London in June 2010, I met up with Londoner Jamie Fox, of Fox Vincent Media, travel PR specialist, who suggested that I go to Chelsea Physic Garden. I had noticed a sign for the Garden when walking to my hotel, the Pestana Chelsea Bridge, from Sloane Square the previous day and my interest had been piqued, as I initially thought it said Psychic Garden and maybe there’d be some insights into my future.
Chelsea Physic Garden
The following morning I retraced my footsteps but it wasn’t very clear in which direction the sign to the Garden was pointing. I wandered around for a while, then thought I’d better ask for directions. Fortunately the first person I asked was a local, who walked part of the way to the Garden with me. It’s quite simple to find (once you know) just head along Royal Hospital Road past the front of the Chelsea Pensioner building, past the National Army Museum (worth a visit and free to enter).
Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 as the Apothecaries Garden. It was a lovely sunny morning and the Garden was fairly busy. I found the Pharmaceutical garden very interesting with plants for treating skin, eye and psychiatric conditions, pain management and cancer.
The licensed cafe offers light lunches and snacks. A three course dinner is available during late Wednesday opening during high season. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, some with shade, from which to enjoy garden views. If you prefer cafes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, try visiting to one of my favourite cafes in London parks.
Chelsea Physic Garden Cafe
There are lots of events at the Garden, with over 20 Family Activity Days such as CSI Chelsea: Forensic Biology and Chocolate Tuesday. There a series of Wednesday evening lectures and Adult Learning days.
The Garden is open between from 1 April – 1 September in 2010. Opening hours are Wednesday -Friday 12 – 5pm, Sundays 12 – 6pm with late opening until 10pm on Wednesdays from 30 June – 1 September. Admission charges are £8 per adult and £5 for students, unemployed or kids aged 5 – 15 years. Although it did notice that entry to Chelsea Physic Gardens was included on the Sunday of the Open Garden Squares Weekend in mid June. The ticket price for the weekend event was priced at £7.50, if booked in advance, or £9 on the day, in 2010.
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