Let us take you on a journey of discovery: Chelsea is a charming district of west London that is both lively and residential with plenty to draw you in. Renowned for its village atmosphere, its beautiful architecture and its designer boutiques, many intellectual artists and personalities have settled there since the 19th Century. It is now one of the most expensive housing areas.
Chelsea displays a full range of architectural styles: pretty Georgian and Victorian pastel-coloured houses, and communal gardens typical of West London. Those who enjoy modern architecture will find the Chelsea Waterfront complex on the banks of the Thames with contemporary penthouses with breath-taking views.
At Chelsea’s heart, Sloane Square is bubbling both culturally and commercially. From King’s Road, the main artery known for its elegant boutiques, cafes and restaurants, wander around in the adjacent streets: enjoy the tranquillity of Paultons Square or the charming pretty little houses and their colourful facades on Burnsall street and Bywater street.
If you are into history, visit the National Army Museum. For lovers of contemporary art, take a trip to the Saatchi Gallery. Should you go there on a Saturday, have lunch in the Duke of York square market where you will find a variety of stalls to suit all tastes, with a world cuisine atmosphere.
A true historical landmark, the Chelsea Arts Club brings together artists from all walks of life. A private club founded in 1890, it is now a place for exchange and exhibitions throughout the year.
The area is home to Britain’s second oldest botanic garden, the Chelsea Physic Garden. Every year at the end of May, the district runs to the beat of the Chelsea Flower Show which attracts many enthusiasts. It’s a perfect opportunity to discover this colourful district. This is the most prestigious horticultural show in the world and has been held every year since 1913 in the gardens of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Finally, if you have green fingers and want to arrange your outdoor spaces, you will find all that you need at the Chelsea Gardener.
The Albert Bridge will take you across the Thames directly to one of the many city parks: Battersea Park. It’s not only a lovely walk but also a great discovery for children and adults alike if you go and explore its zoo.
Football fans will of course think of Chelsea Football Club, although their home stadium, Stamford Bridge, is actually located in nearby Fulham. Not far from the stadium, another more unusual green space but worth the visit is Brompton Cemetery. Spread over 16 hectares, it is very quiet. It is both a place of memory of the past and a place for family walks surrounded by flora and fauna.
As you can see, Chelsea offers a very pleasant living environment and is full of experiences and activities to share!
Some good addresses:
The Ivy Chelsea Garden for a refined atmosphere and cuisine
Marilou for French products
Bluebird an institution in Chelsea
Brinkley’s on Hollywood road
Bibendum restaurant located in the Michelin House building, it offers modern French cuisine by Michelin two star chef Claude Bosi
Amaia Kids on Cale street. This Spanish brand has seduced the royal family with its classic and timeless collections.
Duke of York Square and its Saturday market
La Famiglia as a way to escape to Tuscany over dinner