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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England
+44 20 7881 5493
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An amazing place

We visited on Founders Day, but the hospital can be visited at other times. The building is very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jackie T
London, United Kingdom
Live at Chelsea

Great venue for music. ludovicio Einaudi was amazing! Ps do not rely on food being avail only 4-5... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1682 by King Charles II as the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. As well as being a wonderful home for retired service personnel, it is also one of London's best kept secrets! For the best overview of the history of the Hospital, plus fascinating insights into life as a Chelsea Pensioner today, why not book one of the daily walking tours? These last around ninety minutes and are always led by one of the Chelsea Pensioners, who will take great pride in showing you around their fascinating home. Tours include the Royal Hospital's Great Hall, Wren Chapel, Figure Court, Ranelagh Gardens (subject to the time of year) museum and gift shop. Tours begin at 10:00am and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Please note that this tour covers internal and external spaces, and will include stairs.
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Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England
+44 20 7881 5493
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited on Founders Day, but the hospital can be visited at other times. The building is very impressive as are the grounds, there are of course the Chelsea Pensioners themselves who are a delight to talk to. The great hall, chapel and museum on...More

Thank Jackie T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great venue for music. ludovicio Einaudi was amazing! Ps do not rely on food being avail only 4-5 vans so q for 90mins or more before performance- best eat before you go. Otherwise brilliant venue

Thank ArrogantKitty
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my daughter to this concert for her Christmas present . The weather was kind and it was good to see some of the pensioners however .... I am an ordinary northern girl but I was brought up with manners . The amount of...More

Thank Roxie555
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see Einaudi. The venue is lovely but the organisation of the evening was very poor: 1. There was no information about when the show would start, just that the gates would open at 5:30. 2. After queing to enter we were informed that...More

Thank Rob W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Guest of an In Pensioner for the annual Founder's Day again. A fabulous day of wonderful British pomp and ceremony with the Chelsea Pensioners showing everyone how to parade. There is also a brilliant little gift shop open to the public as well as a...More

Thank Worcester_Sarah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very special place looking after comrades who have served this country. A very Happy establishment beautifully looked after.

Thank lynetteslatter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had our first visit to the Chelsea Flower show on Thursday and it was excellent we thoroughly enjoyed the day. We arrived at 8am before it got too hot or crowded and saw all of the designer gardens in relative ease before heading into...More

Thank Chrissie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is officially a place for retirees. The grounds around their residence are vast. Once a year during a multiday event the Royal Horticultural Society takes over the grounds and in a months time the lawns and paths are converted into one big gardners event...More

Thank WorldTravelOne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We paid our first visit to the show as i had denied my wife a lifetime ambition to go. Despite me dreading the experience due to my total lack of horticultural enthusiasm, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it !! We had all...More

Thank romilly0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time at RHS Chelsea I was amazed at the volume of merchandising! We arrived at around 9.45am later that I had hoped, it was already busy. Unless you buy a 10 programme it is quite hard to work out what to look for; but...More

Thank Louise H
Wealth courses through The King's Road, Chelsea's
upmarket artery of West London life packed with shops,
eateries and glitzy nightspots. For people-watching at
its best and luxury retail therapy that's largely
unrivalled, this area cannot be missed. But if this
showy street starts to overwhelm or a moment of price
tag shock sends you reeling, a quick detour down
pretty much any of many King's Road veins will reveal
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WIll the Margaret Thatcher infirmary be open on Easter Sunday? If so, what time will the services be? Do you know where we can find the entrance? Thank you, Connie
21 February 2016|
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Response from danjor44 | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I do not know .best if you phone the royal hospital on 02078815214. to find out
Just wondered if you had any spare (water front if possible) rooms for the two of us for two nights 20th /21 July and out on the 22nd?
29 November 2015|
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Response from ToursRHC | Property representative |
Hello there, As per the replies above, I can confirm that we do not have any rooms available to rent. The Hospital is primarily a home for veteran soldiers and so we do not allow overnight access for members of the general... More