Chelsea In Bloom 2022: British Icons Celebrated In Free Flower Festival

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 8 months ago
Chelsea In Bloom 2022: British Icons Celebrated In Free Flower Festival
An arch of pink, purple and blue flowers and green leaves surrounds the door of J. Crew in Chelsea.
Chelsea in Bloom 2019. Photo: Londonist

Dozens of floral sculptures and arches will take over west London in May, with the return of Chelsea in Bloom.

The free flower festival takes place each year to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show nearby, with local shops, restaurants and other businesses festooning themselves with huge, flowery artworks.

A graphic of Queen Elizabeth II's head, surrounded by image of British icons including bluebells, tennis racquets, a Union Jack, the red arrows and more.
A few clues about what to expect. Image: Chelsea in Bloom

2022's theme is British Icons, a nod to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee which takes place the following week. We're expecting plenty of patriotic red, white and blue displays, but also nods to the likes of the Beatles, Paddington bear and Banksy. Details of installations will be announced on the Chelsea in Bloom website closer to the time, as well as a map to help you plan your walk, details on tours, rickshaw rides, and the chance to vote for your favourite displays.

Chelsea in Bloom 2019, when there was an 'under the sea' theme. Photo: Londonist

It's completely free to wander around Chelsea in Bloom, which usually covers Sloane Square and Sloane Street, King's Road, Duke of York Square and surrounding areas — you'll be wanting your comfiest shoes if you're planning to see it all on foot.   

Get warmed up by seeing our coverage of previous Chelsea in Bloom events:

A multi-coloured flower arch surrounding a shop door.
Chelsea in Bloom 2019. Photo: Londonist

Chelsea in Bloom: British Icons takes place 23-38 May 2022.

Last Updated 03 May 2022

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