We host a series of events throughout the year exclusively for Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and members of the Governor’s Circle. Our events are not open to the general public, but we do encourage our members to bring guests.

Our bespoke bi-annual programme includes lectures, seasonal on-site events, visits to historic houses and military sites, and more.

Our Spring/Summer Friends’ events programme has unfortunately now been cancelled. We hope to reschedule these events in the future. Please contact the Friends Membership Officer for more information: constance.venn@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk


Southwark was a market town in early Saxon times and has had a colourful history over the centuries. Although it only became a cathedral in 1905, there has been a place of Christian worship here for over 1000 years. The cathedral we see today is mainly Gothic. Join us to discover more about the intriguing history of this area.

Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA

Set in 250 acres of beautiful rolling Hertfordshire countryside with 28 acres of formal gardens, Knebworth House has been home to the Lytton family since 1490. Each generation has left traces of their unique style and taste. Stories and heirlooms reflect the family’s contribution to literature, politics, and foreign service. Visits from people as diverse as Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth I have also added to Knebworth’s rich heritage.

Departing from Chelsea Gate, Royal Hospital Chelsea

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King’s Royal Hussars Parade

On Tuesday 23rd June, Chelsea Pensioners – at a distance – were treated to the sunshine and spectacle of the King’s Royal Hussars on parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

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Lockdown Story - Chelsea Pensioner William Fraser BEM

Pensioner William Fraser BEM is taking lockdown in his stride and enjoying a relaxed routine – although he misses a drink in the Club with his friends.

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