Chelsea Physic Garden
A place of mystery, a dark and eerie garden where the spirits come forth and those with The Gift read minds and communicate with the de- Oh hang on, Physic Garden not psychic. The amount of people that come here in search of some odd spirituality is still astonishing, if understanding. What a difference one little letter can make.
The word physic in this case is being used in the sense of its Greek root, and means to heal. These gardens once supplied the capital with the herbs and plants needed for a whole variety of medicines. Everything from leprosy to the gout was treated with the green leaves growing here, though they’re a little less prevalent these days. In fact, the birth of modern medicine rather changed its purpose.
It’s become something of a decorative space, more of an informative and educational garden than anything practical. Criminally under visited, it’s the perfect place to escape from the bustle of zone 1 when you fancy a few moments of quiet solace. It’s also a great place to learn about something of the most popular herbs and read about their effects.
Address : 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS