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129 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0QN, United Kingdom
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- worth it?

by RhineRoll

Hello folks,

needing some design ideas for my backyard garden, I thought paying a visit to the Chelsea Flower show might be something fun to do, and of course it also gives me an excuse to visit London altogether -- has anyone been there yet and can tell some of their impressions? Is it terribly full? ( I would try not to go one one of the weekend days) Does it have many sample gardens to look at? My space in question is a typical smallish suburban plot, about 11 metres wide and 25 metres long.

Any opinions/suggestions out there?

Re: RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- worth it?

by robine

Yes, absolutely. I'm really not into plants and gardening, but we went two years running, and absolutely loved it - spectacular flowers and gardens, like works of art. It's always sold out, and very crowded: you must buy tickets in advance, which you can over the Web.

Re: RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- worth it?

by SallyM

It's a while since I have been, but Chelsea is always packed, so you must book a ticket in advance. It takes place from 19-23 May. Information at http://www.rhs.org.uk/whatson/shows/chelsea2009/

And yes, they have lots of show gardens (though I have heard that there may not be quite so many this year as some of the sponsors have pulled out because of the financial climate!).

Re: RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- worth it?

by hawkhead

It is absolutely worth going, if you don't mind crowds. There is a section for small suburban gardens.

Re: RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- worth it?

by RhineRoll

thanks for your assessments, everybody :)

Re: RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- worth it?

by RhineRoll

tickets booked :))

Re: RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- worth it?

by SallyM

Have a great time!

Travel Tips for London

Take your time to enjoy all...


Take your time to enjoy all the sights you will find in any guide book that you buy. I guess this must apply to most holiday destinations! But if you get back to me and tell me what interests you, I can tell you more. My folks.

This here picture is of Big Ben from the back

London trip for free

by eiskje

Take one of the red buses. Look at the map and see if there's one that takes you all around town, without it being an official tourist bus. It used to be bus 159. If you sit on top you can see a lot of the famous buildings without taking a step and for the regular price of a busticket or even better a one day travelpass. take the top seat all the way in front and just relax, make sure you get off before your zone expires. Also a trip by buss from the London Tower towards Trafalgar square is a good trip to take. have fun!

Horseguards Parade

by phil_uk_net

There is a lot of pomp and ceremony in London. The performance of ceremonial duties by the guards and soldiers around the buildings of London seems to be more important than actually guarding the buildings.
Wherever you are it is likely there will be a ceremony of some kind quite near.

A word youll probably come across

by Superhans

"Bird"; It means a women. "My bird", would be the speaking persons girlfriend. "Some bird" a women the person doesnt know. People dont refer to their family members, old people or children as bird. Its not an insulting word. It also means being in prison i.e someone is "doing bird" means they are in prison. "Doing A bird" means having sex with a women.

Nothing out of the ordinary

by Dabs

The tube is the most economical way to travel from Heathrow so wheeled luggage is the way to go, just make sure you can pick it up in case you have to go up some stairs. It's always useful to have an umbrella and/or raincoat

Don't be afraid to pack shorts if you are traveling in the summer, you will see both tourists and locals wearing them if it's hot enough. Same with sandals or tennis shoes, bring whatever is comfortable, London is a great walking city. Hotels generally do not have wash clothes, pack your own, do without or buy when you get there I always pack my Streetwise London map, it's laminated so it's very durable


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