The Royal Hospital Chelsea
Building From 1681
A retirement and nursing home for British soldiers who are unfit for further duty due to injury or old age. They are popularly known as ‘Chelsea Pensioners’. Female pensioners were first admitted in 2009. It was founded by King Charles II in 1681 and was designed and erected by Sir Christopher Wren, who based his design on the Hôpital des Invalides in Paris.
The grounds of the hospital have hosted the Chelsea Flower Show since 1913.