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A Blooming Marvellous Day in Chelsea



Every year during Chelsea Flower Show, the streets of Chelsea turn into a giant floral display with shops, restaurants and businesses creating flowery masterpieces for visitors to enjoy.


It's great for dog owners as pooches aren't allowed into the actual show and unlike the pricey tickets to the show, these displays are free to admire and photograph to your heart's content.


The show was postponed from it's usual time in May to September this year so had a more autumnal theme but the Chelsea displays were just as vibrant and stunning as ever.


We started at Sloane Square and headed down Kings Road, stopping off to see the camels in Duke of York Square and the Statue of Libertree in Pavilion Road and finding some secret displays on the quieter streets off Kings Road.


The show is back 24th - 28th May 2022 so put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing your floral poochie photos next year.



Of course no day out is complete without a dog friendly lunch and we were delighted to try out The Cross Keys on Lawrence Street along with our friend Tika.


Here's Archie's review:



The Cross Keys is what our humans call a 'Posh Pub' because it has a separate dining are to the bar and it serves fabulous, top quality food. These dining areas are often off limits to Four Legged Foodies but not so at The Cross Keys, in fact we only spotted 1 table that didn't have a dog with them!



The first thing we noticed was a huge jar of treats waiting for us by the door, and although we had to be reminded that we had to share them with other dogs, it made us feel very welcome. The staff also made us very welcome and didn't even mind Nacho jumping up at them every time they came to the table.


The pub is spacious and the dining area has lovely natural light with a mixture of tables and banquette booths.



The humans ordered a selection of food (which was apparently too good to share with us) which further established The Cross Keys into our 'posh pub' *category because it wasn't just the usual burger or fish and chips on the menu. The menu is more like that of a top restaurant with dishes such as Cornish Mussels and Pan Roasted Lemon Sole.


We can only assume the humans enjoyed their scallops, steak tartare and burrata because there was not a crumb left on their plates.


Tika, Nacho and I had a great time and we highly recommend you pay The Cross Keys a visit when you are in Chelsea. It is also the closest pub to Chelsea Old Church where the Dog's Trust Carol Concert is held in December.


*Please don't be put off when we say "posh", this is still a pub where everyone is welcome for drinks, food or both. Which is perhaps just as well because we are most definitely not posh pups - well maybe Tika is!




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