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Chelsea Flower Show events: The most joyful floral happenings across London

The world-famous flower show is back this May, and the capital is set to be in full bloom

Traditionally, the arrival of May in the capital means just one thing: the Chelsea Flower Show will soon be upon us. This spring the capital is set to be filled with a host of floral tributes, from the much-lauded In Bloom festivals in Chelsea and Belgravia to a flower-filled wonderland at Mayfair’s most-Instagrammed restaurant and verdant exhibitions at some of the city’s top museums. Here, we’ve rounded up the finest Chelsea Flower Show events in London to add to your diary this spring and beyond. 

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Chelsea Flower Show 2024

Chelsea in Bloom

20 – 26 May

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When it comes to Chelsea Flower Show events, the inventive installations that make up Chelsea in Bloom are now almost as famous as the show itself. London’s largest floral festival sees the Royal Borough’s chicest shops and restaurants adorned with whimsical floral installations, each more fantastical than the last. This year’s theme is ‘Floral Feasts’, so you can expect show-stopping flowery sculptures inspired by the finest of foods.  

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Keep an eye out for a reimagined version of Winnie-the-Pooh on the King’s Road, the famed spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp on Sloane Street and a Willy Wonka-inspired creation at Duke of York Square. There’ll also be plenty of fun activations taking place throughout the neighbourhood, with floral-themed pop-ups and menus at local restaurants. Across town, The Dorchester is getting in on the action too with their own spectacular floral installation, to coincide with their afternoon tea offering at the Chelsea Flower Show. The hotel’s famous façade will come to life with an immersive AR experience, showcasing the Dorchester Rose. Simply snap the QR code to unlock a bespoke Instagram filter which sees vines and blooming roses creep across the entire hotel. 

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Sketch in Bloom

1 – 27 May

Known for their captivating installations, Sketch has been transformed for the tenth edition of its spectacular ‘Sketch in Bloom’ event. This year, the immersive floral exhibition has been designed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery, creating blooming homages to seminal artists including JMW Turner and Alfred Sisley.

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Large-scale floral centrepieces, textured hangings and reimagined botanical beings will take over the popular Mayfair haunt, with installations created by top florists Rebel Rebel, Lucy Vail Floristry, JamJar Flowers and award-winning artist and floral designer Yan Skates. Highlights to look out for include Sisley-esque pastoral landscapes set amidst hills of colourful blooms, an abstract floral ceiling piece inspired by Turner’s dynamic seascapes and a ‘living portrait’ photo opp to honour Edouard Manet and his muse Eva Gonzalès. 

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A Different Green at the Oxo Tower

22 May – 2 June

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Bella Hoare

To coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, the Oxo Tower will be showing A Different Green, the first solo exhibition from emerging artist Bella Hoare. The show features over 20 works that explore the beauty of the female form, alongside closely observed natural references to forests, leaves and flowers. The result is a series of captivating paintings that bring the lush greenery of the British countryside to vivid life.

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Bella Hoare, Green Goddess

Large-scale floral centrepieces, textured hangings and reimagined botanical beings will take over the popular Mayfair haunt, with installations created by top florists Rebel Rebel, Lucy Vail Floristry, JamJar Flowers and award-winning artist and floral designer Yan Skates. Highlights to look out for include Sisley-esque pastoral landscapes set amidst hills of colourful blooms, an abstract floral ceiling piece inspired by Turner’s dynamic seascapes and a ‘living portrait’ photo opp to honour Edouard Manet and his muse Eva Gonzalès. 

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Chelsea Barracks Spring Fair

22 – 25 May

Situated just across the road from the site of the Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea Barracks will be joining in the celebrations by hosting its third Spring Fair, designed to champion British craftsmanship and design. In a nod to their famous floral neighbours, they’ll be hosting a series of special seminars led by experts in the fields of interior design and gardening, as well as their popular food and beverage market and a new outdoor programme of art, Modern Masters, which will feature works by renowned American artist Dale Chihuly.

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Highlights include a series of discussions curated in collaboration with House & Garden, featuring interiors guru and broadcaster Louise Roe in conversation with stylist Noni Ware on Thursday 23 May and House & Garden editor Clare Foster discussing all things horticultural with Chelsea Gold Medallists Jo Thompson and Tom Massey on Friday 24 May. Alongside that you’ll find an Artisans’ Market, which will showcase independent makers and sustainable artisan crafts such as ceramic pots, vintage jewellery and naturally-inspired gardening accessories. 

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Belgravia in Bloom

20 – 27 May

Alongside Chelsea, the nearby neighbourhood of Belgravia will also be having a floral spruce up in honour of the annual Chelsea Flower Show. Some of the area’s finest local florists, including Royal Warrant holders Moyses Stevens and Neill Strain, will be producing intricate floral sculptures to be displayed across SW1. As part of this year’s ‘Floral Fun and Games’ theme, you’ll find a celebration of nostalgic, playful joy, as well as a nod to this year’s summer of sport with the impending start of the Olympics.

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This year, Belgravia in Bloom will also be working with its new official charity partner, Horatio’s Garden, which nurtures the wellbeing of people after spinal injuries with vibrant sanctuaries in NHS spinal injury centres. Last year they were the proud winners of ‘Best in Show’ at the Chelsea Flower Show, after they created the first show garden designed with the requirements of people with mobility needs at its heart. They’ll be working to create a beautiful installation in Belgravia as part of this year’s floral festival. 

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British Flowers Week exhibition at the Garden Museum

6 – 10 June

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Swallows & Damsons Mackerel by India Hobson

If there’s one place that knows a thing or two about hosting floral-themed exhibitions, it’s the Garden Museum. Their latest show is being held in honour of British Flowers Week and has been designed to unite florists, flower growers and horticultural fans alike in a celebration of British-grown flowers. 

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Milli Proust

Five of the country’s top florists – Debrah J Flowers, Hamish Powell, Lunaria, Milli Proust of Alma Proust Studio and Swallows & Damsons – will be creating show-stopping floral installations and sculptures to turn the museum into a five-day immersive wonderland filled with heavenly scented British blooms, all arranged with environmentally friendly materials and methods. Responding to the theme ‘Reimagine, the floral creations have been inspired by the museum’s upcoming exhibition Gardening Bohemia: Bloomsbury Women Outdoors

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Chelsea Flower Show afternoon tea at The Goring

13 – 26 May

If you haven’t managed to score a ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show 2024 but still fancy spending some time in natural splendour, get yourself down to The Goring. The famed Westminster hotel is home to one of London’s largest private gardens, a meticulously manicured haven with vibrant floral displays and a flourishing border filled with an array of the Royal Family’s favourite flowers and shrubs. In honour of the Flower Show, they’re launching a new limited-edition afternoon tea.

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Entitled ‘Bloomin’ Lovely’, the tea will be held in the light-filled Veranda, overlooking the lush gardens. There guests will be treated to an assortment of floral-inspired sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Highlights include a beetroot and goat’s curd tartlet topped with poppyseed and amaranth, blackcurrant and hibiscus scones and a strawberry and violet cheesecake. 

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Marc Quinn: Light into Life at Kew Gardens

4 May – 29 September

As part of Kew’s spring and summer programme, leading British contemporary artist Marc Quinn will be putting on a brand-new exhibition inspired by nature and science. The show will feature 17 breath-taking stainless steel and bronze sculptures dotted around the Gardens and in the Temperate House, alongside a presentation of Quinn’s new and existing paintings, drawings, sculptures and evocative frozen works in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. 

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Held by Desire Cloud Garden 2023. © Marc Quinn Studio. Photo Hayden Phipps.

Quinn has long been interested in the links between nature and humanity, and this show has been designed to bring that complex relationship to life. Over recent months Quinn has worked in close collaboration with Kew scientists and horticulturists to learn more about plants and their incredible forms and shapes, using specific plants at Kew to model his work on. Afterwards, take a stroll around the gardens and see if you can spot his floral inspirations.

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