Tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show are in high demand each year, but luckily for anyone who hasn't managed to get their hands on one, London is awash with brilliant fringe events to visit instead for some floral fun. From a statue of Queen Elizabeth I made entirely from flowers, to installations by five different florists at Sketch and a clutch of flower-centric menus popping up across the capital, these are the places to head to.

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    Chelsea in Bloom

    As the area that hosts the biggest flower show in London, Chelsea has to look the part. Every year, incredible floral creations line the streets, all centred around an overarching theme. Last year's was all about love, with the royal wedding coinciding, and for 2019, Chelsea and its well-heeled residents are going under the sea.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Sketch

    The ever-Instagrammable Sketch has upped its game for the flower show with no less than five different floral installations across its sprawling spaces. Five florists - Jam Jar Flowers, Rebel Rebel, Figa & Co, Thierry Boutemy and Ricky Paul Flowers - have created incredible floralscapes and structures that are well worth visiting.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

    Petersham Nurseries is celebrating the first anniversary of its Covent Garden location at the end of Chelsea Flower Show, extending the flower-filled festivities across the weekend. From Friday 24 May to Monday 27, a four day festival of live music, al fresco dining and workshops will take place, along with a pasta-making masterclass on Saturday and a market day on Monday, hosting a selection of Petersham suppliers.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Covent Garden in bloom

    Various areas of London come into bloom over the course of Chelsea Flower Show and Covent Garden is joining the action. There are over 30 installations by shops and restaurants, a floral piano and special menus to celebrate the event, but by far the stand-out is the exhibition of 12 mannequins made entirely from flowers, including a very regal Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Inner Temple Garden

    On Sunday, Inner Temple Garden in the city is opening its doors to the public from 1-5pm for an exclusive experience; for a small fee (and booking is advisable), The Big Tree Company will be guiding visitors up one of the garden's most mature trees for a unique view of London from above. In the afternoon, there will also be a performance of Hansel and Gretel on the lawn for younger visitors.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Belgravia in Bloom

    For the fourth year, Belgravia's shops and restaurants will be bringing their best flower power to the area, with floral displays and workshops including floral cocktail making with Jones Family Kitchen and a fragrance workshop at Jo Loves on Elizabeth Street. The Halkin Arcade on Motcomb Street has a floral mood garden that explores the theme of 'The Language of Flowers'.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Anthropologie, King's Road

    As part of Chelsea in Bloom, Anthropologie are hosting a sculptural flower workshop with George Wosley, founder of Studio Smudge, where you can learn how to make your own floral headpiece. For £45 (redeemable against purchases over £55), you can make a floral crown, comb or slide. Perfect for wedding season.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Chelsea Physic Garden

    On Thursday 23 May, Chelsea Physic Garden Greenhouse Manager, Jess Snowball is hosting a guided tour of the myriad exotic and rare plants within the greenhouses she looks after. You don't have to be a member to attend the hour-long tour, which is sure to be packed full of insightful knowledge for anyone looking to cultivate their own greenhouse.

  • Chelsea Flower Show fringe events in London

    Restaurants

    In celebration, many restaurants and bars create floral menus. Annabel's is hosting a special afternoon tea with strawberry and coconut basil panna cotta and sultana and orange blossom scones, as well as adorning the facade of its Berkeley Square building in flowers. Over at Colbert in Sloane Square, there will also be a floral facade and special themed cocktails from Seedlip. New restaurant No. Fifty Cheyne has incredible decorations and an indoor vineyard to complement the Chelsea Flower Show-themed menu.