Chelsea is a fashionable district of Central London located along the River Thames within the London Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham. Synonymous with sophisticated style and elegance, it is little wonder that Chelsea is one of the most desirable places to live. On the river on Cheyne Walk alone, past residents have included JMW Turner, George Eliot, Laurence Olivier, Sylvia Pankhurst, Vaughan Williams and Mick Jagger to name a few.
Chelsea is a retail hotspot, and shoppers flood to the world-famous King’s Road and Sloane Square – where international designer names such as Armani and Jimmy Choo are found next to Michelin-starred restaurants and smart pubs and clubs. Running parallel to the King’s Road is Fulham Road, which is home to exquisite antique and specialist interior furnishing stores.
Foodies are spoilt for choice in Chelsea, with gourmet fare served up across its many restaurants, gastro pubs, cafes and delicatessens. Luigi’s Delicatessen on Fulham Road sells delicious freshly made pasta and luxury food items imported from Italy. Cafe Montpeliano on the King’s Road is a great place to relax and people-watch while you sample one of their traditional coffees.
Chelsea nightlife is plentiful, lively and varied. For a more laid-back atmosphere, head to the Chelsea Harbour area, where the Chelsea Riverside Brasserie serves up classic brasserie dishes with a contemporary British twist. A short stroll up the river takes you to The Waterside, a friendly waterside pub with beautiful views across the river.
Property in Chelsea
Chelsea is an affluent area, and as such is one of London’s prime residential locations. The area has a wide range of townhouses, mansion flats and exquisite period conversions as well as new riverside developments offering luxury apartments, such as Chelsea Harbour and Chelsea Creek, having enviable waterfront locations and leisure facilities. There are also numerous highly sought-after houseboats at Chelsea Embankment and at Cadogan Pier.
Green spaces in Chelsea
Tucked away beside the River Thames The Chelsea Psychic Garden was founded in 1673 and became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. It is open to the public and hosts many events. For the keen horticulturist there is of course the annual Chelsea Flower Show held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. And just a hop and a skip over Albert Bridge is Battersea Park.
The River Thames at Chelsea
There are plenty of activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- The Couper Collection, Europe’s first floating museum located onboard several barges just west of Albert Bridge
- River cruising and sailing courses from Chelsea Harbour
- Albert Bridge, the beautiful Grade II listed bridge over the River Thames that connects Chelsea and Battersea
Transport in Chelsea
- Imperial Wharf Railway Station is located next to Chelsea Harbour and has regular services to Brompton Road and Clapham Junction
- Nearest tube stations are located at Sloane Square (for SW3) and Fulham Broadway (for SW10)
- The River Bus takes you from Chelsea Harbour Pier or Cadogan Pier up to Blackfriars
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