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“Chelsea Gem, worth the walk”

Chelsea Physic Garden
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Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea
Ranked #138 of 1,616 things to do in London
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“Chelsea Gem, worth the walk”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

The Chelsea Physic Garden is a gem, originally a teaching garden for druggests a few hundred years ago when the property when to the waterfront. The 4 acre garden that remains is just wonderful, volunteers provide tours. There is also a lovely cafe on the property so plan on having lunch or tea while you are there. The quality of the food was very high, smoked Mackrel, quiches, salads, home baked goodies. Just the gentle respite a busy tourist needs!

Visited April 2014
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“An interesting tour”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is a 4 acre historical garden in the middle of Chelsea. It costs about £9.50 per adult to get in and there is a cafe and small shop. We joined a 40 minute tour of the gardens led by Mike which was included in the price. This really enhanced our visit and helped us to understand the purpose and history of the garden. It is a beautiful place with lots of interesting stories. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2014
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“A little bit of peace in busy Chelsea”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

I have been visiting London for over 25 years and had no idea this little garden spot was in Chelsea: I know it know.

A French, Lady friend of mine, a resident of Chelsea, invited me to join her for a late morning visit to this apothecaries' garden on a recent spring morning: was I surprised. This little place (well, not so little) is in the heart of Chelsea, just off Kings Road and very near historic Christ Church, the famous Royal Hospital, and Sir Thomas Moore's place of residence. It has been a garden since 1673.

The Garden is a great get a way from the bustle of the high street. If one has an interest in learning more about medicinal plants, and plants in general, this is a great little adventure. It's also a great place for a glass of wine or a light garden lunch in a very pleasant garden setting.

A visit takes about an hour and one will find it refreshing. It is a nice place to add to ones visit to Chelsea.

Visited April 2014
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“A little miracle”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Possibly the most beautiful urban garden we've ever visited. You could be in the middle of the countryside; so little noise can be heard once you're inside the walls. A real secret garden. Magical.

Visited June 2013
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“What a hidden gem!!”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you want to get away from the hubbub of London, go and find the Chelsea Physic Garden. There's a little gate in the wall that leads into a secret garden of beautiful plants and amazing stories.

The guided walks are free and the guides are a goldmine of information about all things botanical. Advice would be to go early in the day as it can be busy, but an amazing amount to see.

The Tamarind Cafe is delicious give it a go!

Visited April 2014
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