Chelsea in Bloom's floral safari is the best free event in town this week.

The annual competition takes place each year when the gardening world looks to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the Royal Hospital's grounds.

This year's theme was a floral safari and Sloane Square has been taken over by three life-sized animals made of flowers: an elephant, a hippo and a crocodile.

There is also a pair of life-sized lions on Kings Road and a rhino on Pavilion Road and two zebras on Sloane Street. They are the work of florists 'All Love for London'.

The competition has seen 51 swanky Chelsea businesses display their interpretation of theme and were judged by members of the Royal Horticultural Society, which runs the flower show.

First place went to Hackett which had a hunter-themed display that carried through into the store.

Rag & Bone, Kiki McDonough and Smythsons were highly commended.

The innovation award went to optician Tom Davies

The map shows all the displays and retailers taking part

The festival supports Elephant Family, an international NGO working to reconnect forest fragments, re-establish elephant migratory routes and help create safe homes for elephants and people.

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The festival runs alongside the Chelsea Flower Show, which means it will end on Sunday and is free for the public.

You can walk the route if you fancy or take a complimentary rickshaw, which has availability every half hour from 10.30am to 5pm.

If you'd like to book one of these slots visit the information point in Sloane Square.