The 17 best places to eat near the Chelsea Flower Show (2024)

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amous for boots and buns, football and fashion, Chelsea is a contender for being the quintessential London neighbourhood, home to mods in the Sixties, punks in the Seventies and the gilded youth of London ever since — even if they’re still living with their gold-plated parents.

Take a stroll down the King’s Road, the supercar-clogged artery that serves as Chelsea’s high street, and it is impossible to imagine the area as the bohemian artists’ colony it once was. Still, for those who can afford it, the famously upmarket district is home to some superb places for its well-heeled residents to wine and dine, ranging from cosy but sophisticated boltholes to some of the fanciest fine-dining experiences the capital has to offer.

Bargains, alas, are hard to find, though one will find the usual chains (Five Guys, Polpo) lining the King’s Road and clustered around Duke of York Square by the Saatchi Gallery, where there’s a decent food market on a Saturday, too.

The annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23-27 May in 2023) is the most atmospheric time to visit, with many restaurants — including several of those below — putting on special menus. But Chelsea is a delight whatever the time of year. So from Peruvian in pastel-pink surroundings to a garden of delights, three Michelin stars and Sunday roasts, here are 17 of the best restaurants in Chelsea: come and see how the other half eat.

Number Fifty Cheyne

Live the full Chelsea fantasy in one of the prettiest corners of SW3, with riverside views from the first-floor dining room and a ground floor of buttery leather furnishings, pressed white napery and pretty crockery all so civilised that even the most bad-tempered toddler (or dog) will begin behaving with finishing-school deportment — though the size of the bill might make adults throw a wobbly. Still, quality ingredients are cooked with skill: tranche of roasted wild turbot with white asparagus and champagne and caviar sauce or rib-eye of 45-day aged Belted Galloway beef from the grill. Lovely staff, too, and roast lunches served on both Saturday and Sunday.

50 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LR, fiftycheyne.com

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

The proud holder of three Michelin stars since 2001, the flagship of the chef who Google declares the world’s most famous is a pitch-perfect reminder of why Gordon Ramsay became a celebrity in the first place: astonishing food. Ramsay is honest about rarely cooking here these days, with kitchen duties overseen by chef de cuisine Matt Abé, who took over from Clare Smyth’s hugely successful stint as chef patron in 2016. Fine French cuisine is the focus in this highly formal dining room: ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon is the signature starter, while Herdwick hogget with Jersy royals, young peas and mint is a full-flavoured main course. Choose between a la carte (£175) and tasting (£205) menus.

68 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HP, gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Villa Mama’s

The mama here is Roaya Saleh, a Bahraini chef who opened her first Villa Mama’s in suburban Manama in 2012 and now has three restaurants around the Middle East plus this one in London. It’s an evocative white-tiled spot that’s bright and breezy by day but most appealing in the evening when candlelight casts shadows upon the arches and cushions. Dishes inspired by Saleh’s childhood make a compelling case for never wanting to grow up: fabulous khubus flatbread to scoop up the signature “aubergine explosion” starter, then various chicken, lamb and fish specialities accompanied by fragrant rice and salads to share.

25-27 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT, villamamas.uk

Stanley’s

Stanley’s is Chelsea aristocracy: not only did owner Hugh Stanley used to run the Sydney Arms nearby but he’s also the nephew of the Earl of Derby — don’t come expecting Turkey teeth and spray tans from your fellow diners. Dishes such as spring lamb with asparagus and cod with sea vegetables suit the indoors/outdoors setting, with a small orangery-style dining room giving on to an equally cosy courtyard planted with trees and flowers. For something cheaper, the Phat Phuc noodle bar next door offers some of the best-value food in Chelsea, though the all-alfresco seating is generally a more appealing proposition in summer than winter.

151 Sydney Street, SW3 6NT, stanleyschelsea.co.uk

Myrtle

Chef Anna Haugh is a familiar face from TV screens (most recently filling in for Monica Galetti on Masterchef: The Professionals) but the Dubliner is also on a mission to prove there’s more to Irish cuisine than Guinness and soda bread at her elegant little restaurant on a pretty street just of the World’s End stretch of King’s Road. A seven-course “Taste of Ireland” menu is the best way to immerse oneself in Haugh’s approach — Gubbeen cheese mousse from County Cork, poached wild seabass in burnt Irish butter from County Cavan — or there’s salmon, duck and black pudding on the three-course à la carte.

1a Langton Street, SW10 0JL, myrtlerestaurant.com

Le Petit Beefbar

With its cheesemonger (Paxton & Whitfield) and excellent new patisserie (Birley Bakery), villagey Chelsea Green does a roaring trade in local French expats — and they have this chic Monaco-based meat restaurant to come when they need a dash of Côte d’Azur glamour. Steak comes as wagyu, filet mignon, T-bone and Kobe beef; non-meat options include cauliflower steak and salmon with eel sauce. Sunday roasts of fist-sized Yorkshire puddings with Black Angus beef are also a good shout while it’s worth visiting just for the caramelised brioche French toast with salted caramel sauce.

27 Cale Street, SW3 3QP, beefbar.com

Daphne’s

Daphne’s has been a Chelsea fixture for more than half a century and will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2024. The Italian restaurant, named after its theatre-agent founder Daphne Rye, manages to combine home comforts with a sprinkling of Ivy-inspired glitz. The decor is quaint Italian trattoria by way of a Chelsea budget: the bar is topped with pink marble, vintage Venetian chandeliers tinkle in the breeze when the full-length windows are open onto the pavement. On the plate, simple Italian home cooking is at the heart of the menu. Dishes of vitello tonnato and melanzane alla parmigiana are calling to be passed around a family-filled table, while wild boar pappardelle and meatballs with roasted potatoes and tomato sauce provide filling fare that any nonna would be proud of.

112 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE, daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

Chicama

There’s a pastel-perfect, Peruvian dream waiting at the World’s End bend of the King’s Road: Chicama charms without putting even a smattering of meat on its menu. A daily delivery of Cornish seafood provides a pescatarian menu to soften even the most hardcore carnivore. Dishes range from a meaty portion of blackened octopus with confit potato and sundried tomato to a selection of ceviches, including a scallop edition with Jerusalem artichoke, swimming in truffle tiger’s milk. An essential but easily overlooked order is a snack of tapioca marshmallow — a savoury bite (made without eggs or sugar) flavoured with parmesan and fried to the point of considerable crunch.

383 King’s Road, SW10 0LP, chicamalondon.com

The Five Fields

Tuck away on a side street near Sloane Square, chef Taylor Bonnyman offers modern fine dining at The Five Fields. Named after the historic term for the surrounding area, the restaurant harks back to the time when Chelsea was more rolling greenery than Rolls-Royces. A produce-led menu mixes British-grown ingredients (often from its Sussex kitchen garden) with nods to London’s cultural diversity: born and bred Londoner Bonnyman serves his sea bass with rhubarb, curry and onion, and his foie gras with shimeji mushrooms. He and his talented team have a Michelin star for their efforts.

8-9 Blacklands Terrace, SW3 2SP, fivefieldsrestaurant.com

The Cadogan Arms

A posh local pub for posh Chelsea locals, The Cadogan Arms is just as welcoming if one doesn’t live within staggering distance of the King’s Road, though the tone of the place is resolutely SW3. There are French 75 cocktails poured straight from the freezer, pilsner made exclusively for the pub in Cornwall and a menu of zhushed-up pub-grub classics overseen by chef director James Knappett of two-Michelin-starred Kitchen Table. Expect beer-battered fish with triple-cooked chips, Cheddar and cabbage pie for veggies and ham, egg and chips made from the best British ingredients.

298 King’s Road, SW3 5UG, thecadoganarms.london

Elystan Street

Phil Howard is a legend of London kitchens. Nicknamed “the chef’s chef” by many of his peers, his masterful stint at Mayfair’s The Square lasted 25 years, holding two Michelin stars for 17 of them. In 2016, he turned his attention to Elystan Street, a less formal, more neighbourhood-friendly setting for Howard’s acclaimed, seasonally charged food — there’s not a white tablecloth to be seen. A constantly changing menu focuses on bringing together ingredients that are at their best in the same months of the year: in spring, sea bass is paired with asparagus minestrone and garlic leaf pesto, while winter brings together venison loin with baked roots and pickled pear. The set lunch menu offers a bargain (for Chelsea) of three courses for £39.50.

43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT, elystanstreet.com

Bluebird

Favoured by the Princess of Wales back when she was plain Kate Middleton and the site of many a gossip on a certain SW3-set reality television show, it does rather feel as if the best days are behind the main dining room at Bluebird, rather like its equally vast sibling Quaglino’s. The courtyard out front, however, parties on and remains one of the more fabulous places to see-and-be-seen in Chelsea while knocking back Champagne and cocktails while tucking into fishcakes, steak-frites and rotisserie chicken. If the weather’s not so nice, the Bluebird Café across the cobbles serves the same menu indoors from brunch until supper and there’s a kid’s menu, too.

350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU, bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Named after the rotund mascot of the famed tyre company (and restaurant guide pioneer), Bibendum is housed inside historic Michelin House, a stunning Grade II-listed building built in 1911. Under the stained-glass gaze of the iconic character, French chef Claude Bosi mixes British and European produce with finesse: Brittany rabbit is accompanied by langoustine and artichoke barigoule, while Cornish turbot is served grenobloise-style. Upstairs has the two Michelin stars; downstairs is a casual but chic oyster bar serving prawn burgers and lobster rolls on a year-round terrace.

Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD, bibendum.co.uk

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Collection — a culinary spin-off series inspired by the historic Covent Garden hotspot — has wound its way through most smart parts of London by now, but The Ivy Chelsea Garden is one of the earliest and most appealing of those venues. The familiarly glitzy decor is festooned with maximalist florals and greenery both real and illustrated, before the conservatory room towards the rear gives way to what is a rather lovely garden. The menu is much as one would expect: the restaurant’s signature shepherd’s pie makes a welcome appearance, while lighter — and well-heeled — appetites can tuck into lobster linguine and miso black cod.

195 -197 King's Road, SW3 5EQ, theivychelseagarden.com

Kutir

Rohit Ghai has helped earn Michelin stars for the likes of Jamavar, Gymkhana and Trishna. In 2018 the chef teamed up with longtime collaborator Abhishake Sangwan to open Kutir, an Indian fine-dining venue set within the swish quarters of a Chelsea townhouse. The surroundings may be distinctly residential, but the menu harks to the rural forests of India. “Expedition” tasting menus take explorers through dishes of quail naan with masala scrambled egg and truffle, onto lamb tandoori chops with black cumin and sprouts, before ending on a bhappa doi dessert of steamed yoghurt with pineapple and coconut. There are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free menus, too, as well as an à la carte and set lunch.

10 Lincoln Street, SW3 2TS, kutir.co.uk

Medlar

Passengers trundling their way along the King’s Road atop the Number 11 bus may be intrigued by the classy-looking restaurant with its frontage thrown open in fine weather. This is Medlar, a sophisticated modern dining room owned by chef Joe Mercer Nairne and front-of-house David O’Connor. Menu prices encourage diners to order three courses (£70) rather than one (£45): crab raviolo with brown shrimps and leek fondue followed by chargrilled pork chop with peas and pecorino, perhaps, with a warm chocolate mousse and salted caramel tartlet for pud. Prices are slightly kinder for lunch while sommelier Melania Battiston has won awards for her wine list.

438 King’s Road, SW10 0LJ; medlarrestaurant.co.uk

Rabbit

Gregory, Oliver and Richard Gladwin might look the Chelsea part with their floppy hair and checked shirts but the brothers grew up on their family’s farm and vineyard in rural Sussex from where produce is now sent to supply the kitchen of their five London restaurants. What they don’t grow themselves is sourced from producers with the same ethos of minimal intervention, or foraged and hunted from the wild. It sounds rather worthy but rest assured that the mood is jolly rather than joyless, not least when plates of butternut squash ravioli or line-caught halibut arrive at the table. Tasting menus, Sunday roasts and a two-course set lunch for £18 mean there’s something for everyone.

172 King’s Road, SW3 4UP, rabbit-restaurant.com

The 17 best places to eat near the Chelsea Flower Show (2024)

FAQs

The 17 best places to eat near the Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Can you take food to Chelsea flower show. Yes, you can. Whatever you can fit into a bag, you can take in. Take note though, it's going to be a slow-packed day navigating crowds.

Where to eat after Chelsea game? ›

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Can you take food into Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Can you take food to Chelsea flower show. Yes, you can. Whatever you can fit into a bag, you can take in. Take note though, it's going to be a slow-packed day navigating crowds.

Which tube station is near Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Sloane Square tube station (on the District and Circle Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the showground. For further information on tube travel, visit the Transport for London website. London Victoria is the closest train station to the show.

What pub do Chelsea fans go to? ›

We are rightly known now as "The World's Number 1 Chelsea Fan Pub". There is a lot more to The Chelsea Pensioner than being just a football pub, though.

Can you wear jeans to the Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Can you wear jeans to Chelsea Flower Show? While there's no specific ban on jeans, something like linen trousers would make a more sophisticated alternative to jeans. Plus, linen trousers can be paired with just about anything; matching blazers, broderie blouses, cotton shirts or fitted tees, to name a few.

What do you wear to the Chelsea Flower Show? ›

There's no official dress code for The Royal Chelsea Flower Show but looking your best is encouraged. After all, members of the royal family and celebrities are often in attendance, so you'll want to dress to impress.

What is the best day to go to Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Each day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show offers guests the chance to experience all of the exhibitions, meaning that there isn't really a 'best day' to attend. However, some guests choose to attend the event earlier in the week as this is when the displays look freshest.

Is the Chelsea Flower Show worth it? ›

“Of all the tours Chelsea Flower Show and Springtime in the Alps is one of my favorite to run. We see some of the best gardens in Europe along with the most spectacular landscapes.”

How far is Victoria station from Chelsea Flower Show? ›

The journey time between London Victoria and Chelsea Flower Show is around 12 min and covers a distance of around 1 miles. Operated by Go Ahead London and London United, the London Victoria to Chelsea Flower Show service departs from Victoria Station and arrives in Chelsea Flower Show.

Where do the gardens go after Chelsea Flower Show? ›

If you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket to Chelsea Flower Show, you can watch the coverage on BBC or take a look at our Chelsea Flower Show garden trends. However, in a Chelsea first all the gardens will be relocated to a new home in the UK after the show so you will still be able to explore them.

What hotel do the Chelsea team stay at? ›

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea FC | Stamford Bridge Hotel.

What neighborhood do Chelsea players live in? ›

Kingswood: the tiny Surrey village home to young Liverpool, Chelsea and Fulham footballers.

Which pubs are best for Chelsea fans in London? ›

The favorite drinking spots for Chelsea supporters is the SoBar and the Butcher's Hook which are both in close walking distance and within 10 minutes of the ground.

How early should you eat before a match? ›

On the day of the game, you should ideally finish eating 3-4 hours before it begins. To keep your energy up during the game, it is also a good idea to have an easily digestible light snack (such as a jelly drink) about 1-2 hours beforehand.

What meals to eat before a match? ›

What should the pre-match meal be like? Abundant in simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, cereals, fruit, etc. Slightly loaded with protein, digestible and with little fat, such as turkey, fresh cheese, skimmed yoghurt, etc. Avoid fatty foods, as they slow down digestion.

Should you eat before a match? ›

You should aim to eat your main meal between two and four hours before the start of the match, so it has time to digest before the game. A meal rich in carbohydrates before a game will help to top up your carbohydrate energy stores.

What shoes should I wear to Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Choose the right footwear: You'll want to wear shoes that are comfortable and appropriate for the event. Depending on the occasion, you can wear sandals, loafers, or ballet flats. Avoid high heels or shoes that are too casual, like flip-flops.

Which jeans are best for Chelsea? ›

DO pick a long, almost full length pair of straight leg jeans. This means they should come close to your ankle bones but not be so long that there is a bend in the fabric. DO pick a pair that is on the wider side so that the boots easily fit underneath them.

Do celebrities go to the Chelsea Flower Show? ›

All the celebrities at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show's opening day including Alex Jones and Princess of Wales. The Princess of Wales made a surprise visit to the Chelsea Flower Show to join pupils from schools taking part in the show's first children's picnic.

Are you allowed to take photos at Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Camera. Whether it's your first time, last time or hundredth time, the Chelsea Flower Show is a delight for the eyes. A camera allows you to capture your best moments at the show and to also keep a picture diary of all your favourite plants.

What time do the gates open at Chelsea Flower Show? ›

What are the Chelsea Flower Show 2023 opening times. Between Tuesday and Friday, the show opens from 8am and closes at 8pm.

How much does it cost to have a garden at Chelsea Flower Show? ›

One complaint often raised is that the gardens are impractical and are beyond the reach of most people. The show gardens at Chelsea cost around £180,000 to build.

How long does the Chelsea Flower Show last? ›

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show, is a garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. Held at Chelsea since 1912, the show is attended by members of the British Royal Family.

Who won best in show at Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Chelsea veteran Chris was awarded the most coveted award by the public, as well as a Gold medal earlier in the week. His garden design includes patterned planting, a calming water feature, intricate artworks, and planted woodland with two temples and multiple vistas.

What do you get if you win the Chelsea Flower Show? ›

There's also no prize money at Chelsea Flower Show – only the prestige of the medals.

Which is the best flower show in the world? ›

About: The Royal Horticultural Society has presented the Chelsea Flower Show since 1912. It is one of the largest in the world drawing over 150,000 visitors annually.

Is Chelsea Flower Show the biggest in the world? ›

Once Britain's largest flower show – it has since been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival – it remains the most prestigious.

What date is the 2023 Chelsea Flower Show? ›

How far is Kensington from Chelsea Flower Show? ›

The distance between High Street Kensington Underground Station and Chelsea Flower Show, London is 2 miles.

How far is Paddington from Chelsea Flower Show? ›

The distance between London Paddington Station and Chelsea Flower Show, London is 2 miles.

How long from paddington to sloane square? ›

How long does it take to get from Paddington to Sloane Square Station? The subway from Paddington station to Sloane Square station takes 12 min including transfers and departs every 15 minutes.

How far is Kew gardens from Chelsea Flower Show? ›

The distance between Kew Gardens (Station) and Chelsea Flower Show, London is 6 miles. The road distance is 7.4 miles.

Can you buy flowers at the Chelsea Flower Show? ›

Remember that you cannot buy plants at the show (only order them) but there are plenty of trade stands selling all sorts of things that you never knew you needed to own! Take time to visit them.

How many gardens are at Chelsea Flower Show? ›

There are 12 main show gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023, including gardens from Chelsea veterans such as Cleve West, Chris Beardshaw, Sarah Price and Paul Hervey-Brookes.

What do Premier League footballers eat after a game? ›

"To optimise recovery following a match, simply remember the 3 Rs." "Look to consume around 20-30g of high quality protein (rich in essential amino acids) to optimise the muscle building process. Additionally, the inclusion of fruit, salad and vegetables is encouraged to further assist muscle recovery."

What do you wear to a Chelsea game? ›

Dress Code

Smart jeans and tailored shorts are also permitted, but we do not allow tracksuits, casual shorts, football shirts or away colours. It is the responsibility of the host to communicate this to all guests. Entry is at the discretion of Chelsea FC staff.

What should I wear to Chelsea game? ›

Dress code: -Smart casual. Smart trainers, smart jeans, and tailored shorts are permitted, but NOT football shirts, tracksuits, casual shorts, offensive t-shirts, or away colours. Wearing such items may result in refusal of entry. The dress code does not apply to children under 12 years old.

What do you get with Chelsea hospitality? ›

Chelsea Champions Club Hospitality Package Includes:

VIP padded match seat in the East Stand middle tier, overlooking the 18-yard line. Three-course hot and cold buffet served pre-match. Executive cash bar available with complimentary tea and coffee. Light afternoon tea.

What is a good post football meal? ›

After the game, athletes should eat a high-protein meal that contains poultry, meats, fish, or legumes. “When you compete, you break down muscle. The protein helps repair it,” Sentongo said.

Do football players eat during halftime? ›

What players eat and drink during halftime of a football game will have a direct effect on their performance in the second half. Insufficient fueling of the muscles means they won't fire as quickly, and athletes will slow down and lose power.

What does Ronaldo eat after a game? ›

When the final whistle blows, C-Ron gets straight to the task of replenishing lost nutrients and fluids. According to AS, his post-match diet consists of fruit, a slice of pizza and "snacks rich in carbohydrates."

Can you wear jeans at Chelsea Flower Show? ›

There's no official dress code for The Royal Chelsea Flower Show but looking your best is encouraged. After all, members of the royal family and celebrities are often in attendance, so you'll want to dress to impress.

Do you tuck pants into Chelsea boots? ›

When wearing your Chelsea boots with trousers or jeans, keep your trousers over the boot. Do not tuck your jeans into the boots. Not only will this ruin your entire look, but it will also stretch the boot out so that it doesn't fit you correctly anymore. Suede boots are ideal for a comfortable and casual look.

Can you wear jeans over Chelsea boots? ›

Chelsea boots worn with jeans are a stylish and safe combination that never goes out of fashion. A timeless look that can be adapted to any style, from casual to elegant. For a casual look, opt for skinny jeans, a white cotton t-shirt and a leather jacket.

How early should I get to a Chelsea game? ›

Remember to park up at least an hour before the game, but you should aim to get to Fulham in the morning so you can enjoy the match build-up with fellow supporters.

Why do people wear black to Premier League games? ›

"Also, as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives, or are affected by these tragic events, Premier League players and PGMOL officials will wear black armbands at matches this weekend.

Which jeans to wear with Chelsea boots? ›

Dark wash jeans look great with darker-colored Chelsea boots, in black or dark brown. Wear light-wash or distressed jeans for casual occasions. Chelsea boots are great partly because they're so versatile. They can look professional with your fancier jeans, and still look great with your light-wash and ripped-up jeans.

What is the dress code for Chelsea VIP box? ›

Inside the various hospitality areas at Chelsea Football Club, the dress code is smart casual. Supporters jerseys, trainers, shorts, caps and tracksuits are not permitted (not applicable to children under 12 years old). Strictly no offensive clothing of away colours allowed.

What hotel does Chelsea FC stay at? ›

Chelsea Football Club are pleased to provide on-site accommodation at their two four-star hotels at Stamford Bridge, the Millennium and the Copthorne Hotels.

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