Chelsea Flower Show 

The world famous Chelsea Flower Show 2018

 Tues 22nd May to Saturday 26th May

  The largest selection of London hotels convenient for the Chelsea flower show. 

  PLUS Coach inclusive tours to the Chelsea Flower Show. Coach departures from across the U.K, from the largest selection of coach operators to Chelsea.

At the Chelsea Flower Show, Tuesday and Wednesday are for R.H.S members only. On public days Thursday and Friday are open from 8am until 8pm, Saturday until 5.30pm.

The grounds of The Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London are beautifully transformed each year for quite simply the finest display of horticultural excellence in the world.  Incredible show gardens, thousands of beautiful blooms and an exclusive atmosphere quite unique to 'Chelsea'.  Which gardens will receive those coveted Chelsea 'Gold Awards' in 2018?


Recommended hotels for the Chelsea Flower Show

  As a London based travel company for over 30 years, with staff who are 'true Londoners' our knowledge of London hotels is we like to think unsurpassed.  Beautiful Garden Holidays staff  visit both top quality Central London hotels and less expensive good quality hotels outside the centre continually, to bring you our final selection of the best hotels in each category.

  Our chosen hotels for Chelsea have to meet our very exacting standards, and all receive 'very good to excellent' reviews for their category on the review site 'Trip-Advisor'.

  All hotels are well located for getting you to the Chelsea Flower Show, be it walking distance or a convenient journey on public transport. Our selection of properties ranges from tourist class through 3, 4, 5 and 5 star deluxe.  From grand, internationally known hotel brands to the small, intimate London boutique hotels.  Simply guide us as to the style of hotel for Chelsea you would enjoy, and a price range you would like to keep to, and please allow us to offer you our recommendations.

3 useful tips when booking for Chelsea!

 1:  Caveat Emptor! If a 'discount hotel booking' company offers reduced rates for a hotel below the hotels own 'rack rate' prices, it is very likely that standards are not being maintained and recent customer reviews are below par;  i.e- you can expect to 'get what you pay for'!  Or an internet search for the booking agent offering the cheapest rates for a particular hotel may well result in you being allocated the hotelier's 'less attractive'  or 'yet to be refurbished' rooms, which it saves for its discount clients!  'Caveat Emptor'- Let the buyer beware!

2:  Don't choose on price alone! As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, a stay in London is far from being cheap, even though recent exchange rates may have softened the blow, but one should try to savour every moment, and the experience can be easily tainted by the wrong choice of accommodation where the deciding factor is price!  

3:  If Budget is an issue, why not stay at one of our lovely hotels a little further away from Chelsea, since hotels nearer the show grounds naturally command their highest rates during show time (and are rarely available anyway should you be booking quite close to the date for Chelsea!)

So as we say, a superb way of keeping hotel costs lower without sacrificing quality is to choose a hotel just a little further away from the Chelsea flower show grounds.  Using London's comprehensive, modern and efficient public transport can ensure a rapid transfer to and from the Chelsea show.  

For example, stay in Maritime Royal Greenwich  (our head office location!) where you'll enjoy a selection of excellent quality tourist class hotels, luxury international brands, and smaller boutique properties with a much lower price tag than Chelsea, Kensington and the West End in general.   Travel from Greenwich can be by - Tube (London's famous Underground system), DLR (the innovative Dockland's Light Railway, travelling high on stilts above London's new financial centre Canary Wharf!), the equally famous London Red Buses, National Overground Rail, the 'Thames Clipper' fast riverboat connections to the West End along the sights of our famous River Thames, or even (if you are up for even more exercise after a hard day at the flower show!) cycling- see the 'real' London through its back streets.  So you'll be spoiled for choice in getting to and from the flower show, and could spend some quality time exploring the World Heritage Site of Maritime Royal Greenwich on your final morning.

Hotels for the Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Prices and hotel availability for Chelsea vary as the flower show draws nearer-  For the latest prices please either call us on our usual number- 020 8858 6677 or email:  

 All prices are for 2 sharing a double or twin room, single occupancy rates available on request. Should your first choice of hotel not be available, we shall try to select alternatives similar, which of course you are not obliged to choose.

3 star hotels include:

City Continental London Kensington (Earls Court) (1.5 miles).    Trip Advisor rating 3.5

Travelodge London Kings Cross Royal Scot (3.5 miles).    Trip Advisor rating 3.5

Travelodge London Covent Garden (2.5 miles).   Trip Advisor rating 4

Bedford Hotel Russell Square (2.8 miles).   Trip Advisor rating 4

Comfort Inn Edgware Road (Paddington) (2.6 miles).   Trip Advisor rating 3.5

Holiday Inn Express London Vauxhall Nine Elms (1.6 miles).   Trip Advisor rating 4.  Accessible roll in shower room available on request

4 star hotels include:

Xenia Hotel South Kensington (1.4 miles)   Trip Advisor rating 4.5

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street  (2.5 miles) Trip Advisor 4.5

Bloomsbury Street Bar at the Radisson

Cavendish London (Mayfair)  Super Value for a well reviewed 4 star deluxe (Trip Advisor rating 4.5) in the heart of London's Piccadilly, located in prestigious Jermyn St opposite Fortnum & Mason's.  (1.7 mile to show) Classic Double Sup Double or twin, both incl full bkfst, now on request

Classic double at the Cavendish London

Raddison Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Kensington (1.2 miles)  Trip Advisor rated 4, Superbreak client rating 4.5

The Caesar Hotel (Bayswater/Hyde Park) (2.1 miles)  Trip Advisor rating 4

Citadines Prestige South Kensington (1.2 miles)  1 bedroomed apartments, Self Cater, based on 2 share, sleeps up to 4.  Trip Advisor rating 4

Doubletree by Hilton London Westminster (1.4 miles)  Trip Advisor rating 4.5

Doubletree by Hilton London Chelsea (1.4 miles)   Trip Advisor rating 4.5

Thistle Marble Arch (Half Board Offer) (1.9 miles)   Trip Advisor rating 4

Novotel London Paddington (2.3 miles)  A new hotel with Trip Advisor rating 4,  Superbreak clients rating 5

Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa (0.5 miles). The new flagship of the Portuguese Pestana chain just a walk across the bridge from the Chelsea Flower Show-avoid the traffic jams!    Trip Advisor 4.5,  Superbreak clients rating 5

5 star hotels include:

Royal Garden Kensington (1.8 miles)   Trip advisor rating 4.5

London Hilton on Park Lane (1.4 miles) Trip Advisor rated 4.  One of the best value 5 stars, in the iconic 1960's building overlooking Park Lane and Hyde Park.

ME London (Covent Garden) (2.4 miles)  Designer brand of the Sol Melia hotel group.  Trip advisor rating 4.5.

The Royal Horseguards Westminster (2miles)  Trip advisor rating 4.5.

The Capital Hotel Knightsbridge (0.9 miles)   Trip advisor rating 4.5.

Rosewood London (previously Chancery Court), Holborn (2.8 miles)  Trip advisor rating 5 (maximum). A 5 star luxury hotel.

The Savoy, Strand  (2.3 miles)   Trip advisor rating 4.5.  Another landmark London hotel with immense sense of history.  Convenient for the Underground district/circle lines for a frequent service to Sloane Square for the flower show.

We have a constantly updated supply of all categories of hotel suitable to stay for visiting the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018.  Please call us for recommendations to match your expected budget and requirements. But don't leave it too late to book your show tickets, Chelsea is always sold out at some point!

For details of where to simply book your own tickets for the show at face value, or of how to join the Royal Horticultural Society and obtain a discount on tickets (subjet to availability), please visit the official rhs website:

Individual show tickets without accommodation, or not booked as part of a tour package, went on sale to RHS members as usual on the 1st November, and to the public on 1st December.  Please do not be tempted by offers of tickets from third parties and third party websites! They not only are generally at a premium, but also could result in you being refused admission- photo Id is often checked against names on tickets.

Hotels/tickets are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.  The Flight Centre and Beautiful Garden Holidays act as agents of Superbreak plc, Beds On Line (part of the TUI holiday group) and other respected hotel booking agents.

  Hotel bookings 020 8858 6677 or email  

RHS Chelsea & RHS Wisley Gardens/Kew Gardens, Coach Holiday Break  2018

(This tour in addition to Chelsea, usually alternates annually between visiting Kew Gardens and visiting Wisley gardens, and so we have detailed below the itinerary for both but please note that for 2018 the appropriate second visit after Chelsea will be Wisley)

 2 days, from £179/person

Nearly 400 free pick up points across the UK (excludes London and South East)

Leaving your local area early morning we'll arrive at Chelsea for a show entrance time of 3.30pm.  With the show open until 8pm there's plenty of time to search for inspiration!  Marvel at the many show gardens created by Britain's top garden designers, from the dramatic and spectacular to the beautiful , quaint and charming.  Examine the rare and unusual plants in the glorious Floral Pavilions, and seek out advice from the gardening experts.  You'll find a good choice of food options here should you wish to enjoy a meal before leaving for your overnight hotel.

Details for day two in 2017/2019 Kew Gardens

On day two, after breakfast we'll depart for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where you'll spend a full day exploring this fascinating world famous centre for horticulture.  Kew is home to probably the world's leading botanic research institution.   Kew has a fascinating history of Royal associations and a magical mix of landscaped lawns, formal gardens, glasshouses and over 30,000 plants!  From the springtime flowering cherries to the mangrove swamps of the Princess of Wales conservatory there's plenty to hold your interest.

  In May the bluebell wood, lilacs and the water lily house are usually at their seasonal best, and 2016 will see the new Broad Walk Borders come to life-thought to be the largest double herbaceous border in the UK.  Don't miss the fantastic 'Rhizontron' and 'Xstrata' Treetop Walkway- at 59ft high you'll see trees from a totally new perspective! Explore Kew Palace, a once royal retreat, and the Royal Kitchens-now open to visitors for the first time in over 200 years!

                                                                                Treetop Walkway

                           Kew glasshouse          

Details for day two in 2018 - Please email or call us for these as they are now confirmed but yet to be added here.

After a fascinating day out to either Kew Gardens or Wisley gardens, we'll re-board the coach mid-afternoon to head home,  arriving back in your local area by mid-to-late evening.

Your price includes coach travel throughout and services of a tour manager, one night with continental breakfast at a good quality 3 star hotel in the Greater London/Heathrow area, afternoon entry to the Chelsea flower show and all day entry to either Kew gardens or Wisley Gardens.  Entry to Kew Palace, smallest of the Royal Palaces, is also included for Kew. 

 Prices are based on sharing a twin or double room with private facilities,TV and tea/coffee making facilities.  A single room supplement of £24 would apply. 

This tour is arranged through award winning Newmarket Holidays- Multiple winner at the annual British Travel Awards as 'best coach holiday operator', and winner 3 years in a row as 'best large escorted tours holiday company' 2013-2015.

Reservations/Booking enquiries

 Tel 020 8858 6677 or email