Chelsea in Bloom – Floral Safari

Chelsea in Bloom is Chelsea’s annual flower festival.

It takes place at the same time as Chelsea Flower Show, but it’s free, open to all and lasts a little longer.

Florists team up with shops to compete to be the very best in show, judged by an expert panel along with the much coveted People’s Choice Award.

This year’s theme?

A floral safari…

It’s pretty cool to see displays like this, just lion around…

Dressed in our finest tropical plumage, we took a spin around this year’s entries.

Tropical off the shoulder dress

Pink shoes

Mini basket bag

A leopard creeping through the glass at Hackett, on Sloane St.

I’m going to stick my neck out here, and say that Rag&Bone’s giraffes are some of the best in show.

Although Smythson’s baby version is rather sweet too…

Just keep an eye out for mummy!

Be sure to pop down Symons St for some larger than life creations.

Pop into the Duke of York Square for a tipple among the blooms.

And make your way down The Kings Road for some more floral finery.

Keep going, all the way down to Chicama (it’s a bit of a walk, but there’s lots to see along the way).

Their own bouquets are worth a look anyway!

^ Next birthday I’m totally expecting a bouquet taller than I am.

Chicama is the perfect place for a spot of lunch.

You’ve earned it after that safari, after all.

A well earned rosé on the sunny terrace is just what the doctor ordered.

Accompanied by all manner of nibbly bits to share.

From ceviches and tostadas…

To crispy cod cheeks and perfectly grilled octopus.

Chelsea doesn’t get much more tropical than this!

And the best bit?

Not a mosquito in sight. It’ll only be you tucking in…

Chelsea in Bloom officially runs until the 27th, but lots of places have used faux flowers this year so there should still be some to see if you can’t make it in time.

Bring your best safari hat, a pair of binoculars and tropical outfit. Soft-top 4×4 optional but recommended.

It’s a jungle out there.

 

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