If the nearest you get to gardening is ordering your kids to mow your lawn, then break out your sunglasses and head down to Chelsea to see how it's really done. This is gardening by professionals.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot. The most green-fingered people in Britain spend weeks planning out their own little plots in the grounds of Christopher Wren's Royal Hospital.
There will be a mesmorising array of show gardens and plants on show, created by world-renowned designers. Some of them are almost like mini-film sets. Plenty of celebs will be in attendance as well -- even the Queen. (The celebs are usually there on the first two days only, which are reserved for RHS members. The public can only buy tickets for the final three days.)
Craig has never been to the Chelsea Flower Show itself, but he has been around the grounds of the Royal Hospital. You might like to read his review before you go, to see what they're like. You might like to read his review of Kew Gardens and RHS Wisley Gardens as well.
Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial – First Sun of the month (Mar to Dec only) – Go inside the Albert Memorial's railings and see one of London's finest looking monuments from up close
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – Visit Speakers' Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech.
Sunday football on Hackney Marshes – Every Sun – Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
Be a zoo keeper for a day at London Zoo – Mon to Fri – Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
Volunteer to help out at Spitalfields City Farm – Every day – Spitalfields City Farm is a nice place to take your kids, but did you know that you can volunteer to help out on the farm?
Hire a deckchair in one of London’s parks – 1 Mar to 31 Oct 2019 – Hire out a deck-chair in one of London's Royal parks and have a nice, relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake – 1 Apr to 31 Oct 2019 – Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine, or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle.
If you enjoy Royal Hospital then you might like to visit Apsley House (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Sloane Square to Hyde Park Corner), Guards’ Museum (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Sloane Square to St Jamess Park) and Household Cavalry Museum (catch the train from Sloane Square to Westminster)
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