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Five bloomin’ lovely things to do at the Chelsea Fringe

Posted at 2:15 pm, May 15, 2015 in Outdoor London


Celebrate all things outdoorsy with these five fabulous things to do at this year’s Chelsea Fringe festival, which kicks off this weekend.

Sip on tea in a greenhouse

The Nine Elms Apothecary Experience is setting up shop along the Thames in what can only be described part greenhouse, part giant bubble. They’ll be serving up free tea for visitors, but it’s not your average English breakfast, as this tea comes in the form of a fragrant fog that you breath in and absorb through your skin. Free. Weekends from May 30–June 7, noon-8pm. Riverside Gardens, Vauxhall.

Learn how to grow an edible garden

Forget the sad supermarket packets of salad leaves and learn how to grow herbs, salads and edible flowers in the space that you have – whether that’s an actual garden or a tiny windowsill plant pot. Entry to the farm is free but you may need to donate for activities. May 27–28, 11am–3pm. Vauxhall City Farm, SE11.

Check out a floating garden

Both pretty and functional, the floating garden is part of a plan to boost the number of underwater vegetation and wildlife in urban rivers, which are dying out. The floating wetlands will improve water quality and provide shelter and food for fishes and frogs. May 31–7 June. Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR.

Take a bee drawing workshop

Whatever your level of expertise, put your sketching skills to the test in this free workshop where you’ll learn all there is to know about the humble bee and how to draw them in action. You’ll also take a closer look at some bees under a microscope so you can really master your craft. Free. Chumleigh Gardens, SE5 0RJ.

Drink cocktails in a secret rooftop garden

Every Saturday night during the Chelsea Fringe, you can escape to the Chelsea Fringe Midnight Apothecary above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe. Sip on cocktails made from foraged herbs and flowers while you keep warm by the fire pit and listen to local musicians. Entry is £5, which includes marshmallows to toast on the fire and a tour of Brunel’s underground chamber. Oh and there’s food from the puntastic Greek grill pop-up I Should Be Souvlaki. May 16, 5.30pm–10.30pm and every Saturday until the end of the festival. Brunel Museum Roof Garden, Brunel Museum, SE16 4LF.

The Chelsea Fringe runs May 16–June 7 at various locations across London.

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