Four acres of heaven in the centre of London. On one perfect sunny May morning I visited, as I’d wanted to for years. I was waiting to collect my new passport in Victoria, so I took a stroll and that stroll brought me here: a garden on the banks of the River Thames founded in 1673 by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. It is thanks to the later generosity of Sir Hans Sloane, that the enterprise continues – his lease of the four acres to the Apothecaries for £5 per annum in perpetuity is more valuable now than ever. After an educational tour with two volunteers, Sheila and Eric, I wandered the property alone before sitting down to an excellent lunch in the sunshine. Two hours well spent, I left to walk back to collect my passport, stopping for a little while at the Royal Chelsea Hospital to chat to people setting up the Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Physic Garden had given me perfect waiting room.