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CALLING ALL SLOANES-Chelsea, the Chelsea Physic Garden and Brompton Cemetery!

OK - this is the best London Photowalk EVER!! (well at least since the last best London Photowalk EVER) - specially for those fans of 'Made in Chelsea' - a chance to practise what you have seen on the TV!  It is a longish walk and we will end up at Brompton Cemetery where for some, you can have a long deserved rest (not too long), and for others another go at snapping really evocative photographs - photographs that the quiet peaceful old cemeteries of London make so easy.....or maybe not!  En route we'll spend a couple of hours at the Chelsea Physic Garden - amassed with medicinal plants, flowers and buzzing insects.

COST FOR THIS MEETUP IS £1 for all attending - the money goes towards the meetup site fees.  Plus £10.50 - entrance fee to the Chelsea Physic Garden

So we'll meetup outside Sloane Square Underground Station at 10.30am and we will head off at 10.45 sharp.  We'll walk southwest past The Royal Hospital, Chelsea and then turn left into Swan Walk where the little gate in a brick wall opens into the absolute gem of tranquility that is the Chelsea Physic Garden.  If folk want we could stop at the Royal Hospital en route for 30 mins and visit the Ranelagh Gardens.

The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in identifying plants.  The area was bought by Dr Hans Sloane and rented to the society for £5 a year and there is a statue of Dr Sloane in the garden - the first Sloane Ranger!  Now a charity, the garden has continued its foundation of education in medicinal plants.  There is a cafe and a Pims patio but you will be expected to wear a blazer, white slacks and a hat.....and that is if you are a bloke!

It is the ideal place to photograph bees and other insects...

After a couple of hours we'll leave and head along the embankment, along the Thames to Cheyne Walk, Lots Road, passing numerous blue plaques,  famous residences and Chelsea architecture, now worth a quite few bob.  We'll also pass the famous World's End Estate - possibly worth a few less bob but providing a diversity of architecture to photograph.  Once the world's largest power station - Lot's Road lies ahead - closed in 2002, having previously supplied the London Underground.

We'll then head north and walk to the south entrance to Brompton Cemetery - one of the 'Magnificent Seven' London cemeteries - which includes Highgate where we visited last year.  Five of the monuments are listed as grade II listed buildings.  Many famous people were interred here including Bernard Levin and Emmeline Pankhurst....I should add that it is a condition of this meetup that nobody chains themselves to any railings.

We can spend an hour or so at the cemetery and then I guess it's pub time and home time........nearest station West Brompton.....nearest pub The Prince of Wales.


• Many Beatrix Potter characters were named after residents of Brompton Cemetery.

• The word 'Chelsea' means Chalk Wharf in anglo saxon and depicts the landing place for chalk from the river.

• For those of you who came on any of several meetups to Tower Bridge - you will remember the 'Girl with a Dolphin statue by David Wynne next to St Katherine's Cheyne Walk you can see the sister (brother) - Boy with a Dolphin.

• Don't go to Brompton Cemetery after dark.

• This is a long walk so please wear sensible shoes and also coat or brolly in case of rain.  Sunscreen and hat if sunny.  Water

• There is no planned lunch but I suspect you will be able to pick up a Chelsea Bun or two enroute......otherwise bring packed lunch.

• Joe Strummer of the Clash wrote London's Burning whilst living at the World's End Estate and Malcolm Mclaren also lived here.

• There's a big football stadium just to the west of the cemetery - some 3rd ranking team I understand...... Нет, это кровавый хорошая команда...yes Mr Abramovich!

• Cameras - bring anything - there will be lots of photo opportunities of the Chelsea Set, the villagey feel as well as views of the Thames and of course capturing the mood of the cemetery.   Don't forget it isn't the camera that creates the picture - it is you - what you see and what you feel - the camera is just the tool to converting this into a photograph.  For those who have one a macro lens would be good and if you are strong, a tripod maybe.   A water spray might produce some good water droplet shots with the flowers.


• A picture that makes the viewer feel the serenity, peace and solemnity of the cemetery - this could work well in B&W.  Take a look in the past meetups, at the Highgate pictures.....

(copyright Stephencdickson :,_Brompton_Cemetery.JPG)

• A picture that sums up Chelsea for you.

• The Thames.

• Flowers and buzzzzzzzzzzzz........

• Anything else.......

• and ......the alphabet word(s).....'OK Yah' (very Chelsea)

So finally this should be a great day out with lots of different things and places to photograph.   It is an opportunity for me to see a part of London that I knew very little of and hopefully it will be for many of you as well.   Nearer the time I'll message all attendees with a contact telephone number and a map.  See you all there - Yah!


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  • Martin

    I've processed a few more images from the day and they're on my blog if anyone is interested -

    1 · August 2

  • Mike B

    Thanks for great day out and some useful photo tips.

    July 18

  • Charles M.

    A great day out in London in good company; interesting locations that I'd never visited before.

    July 17

  • mark f.

    Good work out for my legs as well as my camera, I'm getting the deep heat ready :)
    Would like to go again and see the physic garden.

    July 17

  • Keith B.

    Even though the Physic Garden was closed, there was plenty to see. A good day out with a good group of people.

    July 17

  • David B.

    I have created a flickr album with an additional 30-ish photos

    July 17

  • Peter

    Thank you everybody for coming despite the gaffe.........however wasn't the Physic Garden amazing - so much so that I'm going to repeat it soon ;-) .....thank you all for fitting so much into the day - I really enjoyed the Royal Hospital, Battersea Park and of course the cemetery, not forgetting the pub. You are all great company and already I see some great photos. Thanks once again and see you all soon I hope. Peter

    1 · July 17

  • David B.

    Thoroughly enjoyed it. I think my eye for composition is improving as well.

    1 · July 16

  • Kathleen K.

    Had a fabulous time (even though I bailed out before Brompton Cemetery!) As usual the group was friendly & fun. I learned some new camera 'tricks' too!

    July 16

  • Mary L.

    Great weather and great group! Yes, enjoyed the day. Amazed how much we actually walked! Thank you, Peter.

    July 16

  • Michelle

    Excellent day. Thoroughly enjoyed all the locations - thanks Peter for organising and being a fantastic host.

    1 · July 16

  • Martin

    Thanks Peter, had a great day out, good to meet everyone. No doubt I'll have some nice blurry images to share later!

    July 16

  • David A.

    Hi Peter, Sorry I've also go to bow out, hope you all have a super day, it should be a fantastic! David

    July 15

  • Pam P.

    Really sorry, I was looking forward to this one but I've developed a streaming cold so think I should keep my germs to myself. I hope you have a lovely day and look forward to seeing the pics.

    July 15

  • DebbieD

    So disappointed to have to pull out of this event as I was really looking forward to it. I now have to head north as my mum needs to have a heart procedure and she's my disabled father's F/T carer so I need to be there and look after both of them.... and I move house in 2 weeks! Have a brilliant trip, the Physic Garden will be amazing :)

    July 14

    • Peter

      Thanks for letting me know Debbie - I do hope your mum and your dad will be ok and good luck with the move. Peter

      July 14

  • Harry

    Sorry, I'm going to have to work this weekend :-(

    July 12

  • Barbara D.

    Sorry it's the farnborough air show this week.
    Hope to meet you soon.

    July 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, I can't attend this after all. Going to see a band in London. Will see you at the next one

    July 10

  • Noeleen H.

    Sorry can't make this now unfortunately!

    July 1

  • June M.

    dash it, clashes with our Golden Wedding Anniversary. Enjoy. have a super time

    May 14

    • Peter

      Happy Anniversary!:-)

      May 14

  • Kathleen K.

    Yay! My neck of the woods :-)

    May 14

  • David B.

    Looking forward to this one.

    Three highly notables

    Brian Glover
    Emmeline Pankhurst
    John Wisden

    May 14

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