Hi. This is part 2 of my day trip to Chelsea last Friday. I had lunch at Chelsea Physic Garden with my old school friend, Sarah (Sarah, of course you’re not old, but school was a loooooong time ago!). We went to school together in Putney… from the age of 8 to 18.
Chelsea Physic Garden is about 15 minutes’ walk from Sloane Square tube. I have also walked there from Victoria Bus Station before. It’s a gorgeous little oasis of a garden, full of history and a pocket of calm in the busy place that is London.
This is where you enter now..
This below used to be the entrance, on Swan Walk. I preferred going in this old way, past the little ticket office hut with the friendly man.
There are lots of interesting plants including a medicinal plant section and lots of fruit and veg growing. They run workshops and free guided tours of the garden. You usually have to pay to go in but it’s well worth it. I’m lucky that Sarah takes me in on her membership as a guest.
Here is the statue of Sir Hans Sloane… (and a mysterious lady in a bright orange top who wanted to get on The Waffle!).
I think people used to arrive by boat through this gate from The River Thames, in the good old days.
Beautiful wild flowers, just in front of our lunch table al fresco.
We noticed that the café had poshified its menu a bit, and the prices were higher than before. We missed the simplicity of the salads they used to do, but the food was still good. I had the chicken breast on mashed potato for main which was quite nice. The Eton mess dessert was delicious if a little enormous. Sarah and I had one Eton mess each but our waiter told us three ladies had shared 1 portion between them and been defeated by it 😂😂. It was very good.
Inside one of the glasshouses.
It’s all so gorgeous. Just put me in a little hut in the corner with my blog or in a deck chair with a book to read and I’d be very happy.
Raspberry ripple anyone?
These sunflowers were mini ones, you can’t really tell from the photo.
It seems that Sarah was right, I have far too many glorious pictures to fit into one blog post… I’ll just show you one more…to be continued next time… as I have to do yoga, water plants and cook haggis for dinner now 😋. Back soon my friends Xx