Anna from House Anna in Chelsea, secret garden spaces to visit in London.

Me wondering around the botanicals at Chelsea Physic Gardens

Annabells Mayfair

The insanely incredible floral installation at Annabel's in Mayfair 


This time of year is always pretty exciting, what with the design shows popping up and of course the flower festivals in full swing,  it seems everyone is generally so much happier now that we are on the brink of summer and the sun seems to be shining most days.  

I popped down to London on Monday and ended up having the loveliest day in search, as always, of interior and design inspo.  I spent the day wondering around SW3 in the warm but cloudy skies and visiting my favourite Chelsea green spot, the Physic Gardens (is it just me or does this place seem to be massively under the radar) which is one of the many gardens open as part of the fringe to the Chelsea Flower Show event.  The  CHELSEA FRINGE GARDEN FESTIVAL 2018 runs until 27th May and there are loads of lovely community gardens, art installations, food events and walks around London, well worth delving into if you love gardens but can't make the show.  

A visit to the Chelsea Physic Gardens
Physic Gardens in Chelsea

I've been to the Physic Gardens on a few occasions now and it seems like it's one of those places that's hidden away from the crowds and just a small amount of people really know about.  Tucked away behind the river Thames in old Chelsea this is the oldest botanic garden which sits amonsgt some pretty stunning Chelsea houses.  There is a lovely old fashioned but also hip cafe that sells delicious food including a mean orange polenta cake which you can enjoy in the pretty courtyard overlooking the garden, which by the way houses a staggering 5,000 different medicinal, herbal and edible plants.  This place is well worth a visit, slightly off the beaten track and has a community feel to it much like many of the other gardens open for the fringe this week, love that!   


During my wonderings I also came across some spectacular flowery installations around SW3 as part of #ChelseaInBloom (but it's pretty much the whole of London in Bloom) and I think you'll agree there are some truly stunning designs.  If you head to Pavilion Street, you'll find a host of gorgeous displays! Some are also further afield in Covent Garden and in Mayfair where you'll find the awesome ANNABEL'S above and the GEORGE CLUB below. 

George Private Members Club for Chelsea in Bloom 2018
Chelsea in Bloom 2018 amazing flower installations
Peggy Porschen on Ebury Street
Peggy Porschen Cakes display for Chelsea In Bloom 2018

A giant floral wedding ring in honour of Harry & Meghan on Pavilion Street, and this stunning floral heart display on Sloane Square both created by the amazing ALL FOR LOVE LONDON   

Pavillion Road flower installation by All for Love London
All for Love London designer and florist, installation in Sloane Square for Chelsea in Bloom 2018

And of course the floral vintage car displays were on point with this pink beauty from JO MALONE and the pastel blue Citroen for the CONRAN SHOP 

Jo Malone for Chelsea in Bloom 2018
Conran floral display for Chelsea in Bloom 2018.jpg

Going simple with a white floral display at OLIVIA VON HALLE  by the very cool PETALON FLOWERS

AND that amazing entrance at RAG & BONE, Sloane Square...

Olivia von Halle

I would love to hear if you made it to the Chelsea Flower Show this year and found some colour and interiors inspiration? Or have you been to the fringe events and been equally inspired?  I'm always so revved up by the pops of colour and creative displays! 

Anna X