great places to visit off the beaten path.
The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in identifying plants. This 4 acre garden is a collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. In addition to the garden there is a cafe and a gift shop. It is London’s oldest botanic garden, and one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. The rock garden, built in 1773, is Grade II listed and the oldest rock garden in England (built partially from stones from the Tower of London). Period events and fairs are held at the garden. Visit their website for more info: http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/
Closest tube: Sloane Square (or Water Service on TfL: Cadogan Pier)