Inspired by the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, King Charles II founded The Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1692. For 300 years, this charitable institution, has offered care and comradeship for veterans in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation. A major London landmark world famous as the home of the scarlet-coated ‘Chelsea Pensioners’.
Set in 66 acres in the heart of Chelsea, West London, and a stone’s throw from both the Kings Road and the River Thames, the impressive main hospital building was designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren—and recognised as one his most successful works. The listed buildings retain nearly all of their original features with exquisite period interiors featuring a wealth of architectural detail. The Chapel and The Great Hall, where the Duke of Wellington lay in state in 1852, are two of the most magnificent historical interiors in London—and both still in daily use as per their original purpose.
The gardens of the Royal Hospital, with their great expanse of verdant green lawn are Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Since 1913 the site has become synonymous with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In fact, the only events privileged enough to be allowed onto this hallowed turf are the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Masterpiece Art Fair, the Longines Global Champions Tour Show-jumping and now Salon Privé London.
Entrance to Salon Prive is either by the Bull Ring Gate, off the Embankment close to Chelsea Bridge, or via Barrack Gate on Chelsea Bridge Road.
The nearest Tube Station is Sloane Square on the District Line, approximately 7 minutes’ walk away. And the following Buses: 11, 137, 452, 170, 360, all stop nearby.
There is public parking in Battersea Park, just over Chelsea Bridge and through Chelsea Gate.