Botanist’s hideaway

The Chelsea Physic Garden is one of those tucked away spaces that are a quiet refuge in a crowded city like London. Founded in 1673 and located near the Thames, it is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain and focuses on medicinal plants even today.

I found myself there in early 2016, on a mission to find unusual places to go in West London to write an article for my then job. Even on that crisp February morning, the gardens were quietly alive. The humdrum of gardeners, a few visitors, and the urban wildlife punctuated the stillness. The team very kindly allowed me to take photographs whilst I wandered around the plant beds and peered into glasshouses.

Now that I’ve moved to the West side of London and embracing my green-figured passions more, I’m hankering to go back. The gardens are open in Winter as well as Summer, and with a cafĂ© on site, hopefully, I can persuade my less plant-obsessed partner that it is a delightful place to sit and relax.

Chelsea Physic Gardens
66 Royal Hospital Rd, London, SW3 4HS