NileGuide Expert Says:
This is one of those places everybody knows about, but never visits, lovely place for tea
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
020 7352 5646
NileGuide Expert tip:
Open late on Wednesdays until 8 pm
One of the most fascinating city gardens is hidden behind towering brick walls near the Chelsea Royal Hospital. Founded in 1673 as an apothecaries garden to train students, Chelsea Physic Garden is still used today for education and medicinal research. 5, 000 plants are somehow charmingly crammed into lovely greenhouses, plots and trails. Their gallery houses gorgeous prints and watercolors. Public hours are restricted to Wednesdays through Fridays and Sundays, April through October. Also on site are a nice little shop and a cafe. Events, activities and lectures are held regularly. Most Londoners have heard of the garden yet few have ever visited this hidden gem.