This past week in London has been absolutely glorious and I couldn’t be happier! Hot days, blue skies, and Londoners out ‘n’ about. All of the British summertime events are upon us…
There is no better way to celebrate the start of summer than visiting Chelsea in Bloom, Chelsea’s annual floral festival.
It takes place at the same time as Chelsea Flower Show, but it’s free and open to everyone. The Cadogan and Royal Horticultural Society team up with local restaurants, shops and hotels to compete to be the best in the art show. The displays are judged and awarded by an expert panel along with the People’s Champion Award.
This year’s theme was Floral Safari, inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles! Without further ado, let’s meet this year’s entries – it’s a jungle out there!
Starting with Rag & Bone’s gorgeous giraffes.
At Sloane Square, I met with an enormous, playful elephant, a rather snappy crocodile and picked up my event map/walking guide from the Safari Lodge.
Making my way down Sloane Street, I found more giraffes at Smythson. They were having lunch so I didn’t want to disturb.
Hackett has been crowned the winner of Chelsea in Bloom 2017, taking home the coveted prize for ‘Best Floral Display’. Just take a look at the hundreds of flowers and the leopards guarding the store.
Some even leaping through the glass…
Monkeys playing in the sun and the toucan keeping an eye out for people passing by.
Further down Sloane Street, I found a pair of zebras in love.
I returned to Sloane Square and took a turn to Symons Street.
Finding one (or two) of my favourites at Kiki McDonough.
And a leaping lion at Poetry.
There were complimentary rickshaw rides through the area for visitors to enjoy, but it was a lovely walk so I preferred that.
This little lion looked so sweet at Moyses Stevens on Pavilion Road.
And so did the gigantic rhino and his teeny tiny friend (the yellow bird).
Sarah Chapman’s campfire was taller than me and absolutely stunning.
I then made my way down the King Road.
And popped into the Duke of York Square to meet the King and Queen of the jungle.
The ferocious and majestic lion and lioness.
CHELSEA IN BLOOM – FLORAL SAFARI
22 – 27 MAY 2017 | website