Spring has arrived in London. The city is bursting with color and life, and the roses smell amazing. The annual Chelsea Flower Show takes place each May, but there’s an even more exciting festival going on, too. Chelsea in Bloom sees shopfronts in and around Sloane Square come to life in a riot of flowers and foliage. Here’s a lovely look at what’s in store.
Chelsea in Bloom
Chelsea in Bloom is a floral art show that coincides with the Chelsea Flower Show every May. But unlike its neighbor, it’s open to the public and doesn’t require a ticket.
Local shops show off their creativity, get into the seasonal spirit, and compete with one another for the best shopfront display. More excitingly, locals and visitors get to soak up spring and see some gorgeous flowers in one of the most beautiful London neighborhoods. I look forward to it every year.
Chelsea in Bloom Photos
So much so that I always head to Sloane Square to get a firsthand look and take some Chelsea in Bloom photos. I never fail to find impressive arrays of floral facades when I arrive.
Each year there’s a different theme and shops get creative in their interpretations of it. From colors to shapes and larger-than-life displays, the competition brings out the best in every entrant.
I adore flowers, and these blooms take floral art to a new level. Roses, sunflowers, daisies, and greenery all bring the themes to life.
Where to See Chelsea in Bloom
Some of the best places to see Chelsea in Bloom are Sloane Square, Sloane Street, and the King’s Road. But there are also great displays tucked away on Ellis Street, Pavilion Road, and Duke of York Square.
Further afield, I spotted a green extravaganza on Caroline Terrace.
And that’s to say nothing of Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street, which is bursting with floral facades year-round.
Wherever you see Chelsea in Bloom, see it fast. All the flowers are fresh, so the festival only runs for six days. If you get a chance, head down to Sloane Square and soak up the atmosphere before it fades away.
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