Visit: Chelsea Royal Hospital and the Physic Garden

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The Royal Hospital was founded in 1682 by King Charles II as a home for retired soldiers and still serves this purpose today. The Grade I listed buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1692. The stables were added in 1814 by Sir John Soane. The chapel is panelled and decorated with flags captured in battle; over the altar is a painting by Sebastiano Ricci. The State Room is panelled with fine carving by William Emmett and royal portraits line the walls, painted by Lely, Kneller and Van Dyck among others.

The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and many of the world’s horticultural innovations derived from here. It continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 plant species.