Chapter 3: Chelsea
Designer shops, exciting punk boutiques, world-class restaurants, historical sites and a bohemian culture – this is what defines the very affluent Chelsea. Located along the iconic river Thames in central London, Chelsea is surrounded by Knightsbridge, Earls Court, Nine Elms, Kensington, Pimlico and Belgravia. Bands like Rolling Stones and the Beatles have had an association with this place.
Read and know all about the chic, trendy and historically significant Chelsea.
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The Saatchi Gallery
Where: Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea, King’s Road, London SW3 4SQ
What time: 10 am to 6 pm
Showcasing contemporary works by artists all over the world, the Saatchi Gallery was re-opened in the year 2008. A 70,000 square feet establishment, it is situated in the former barracks of the Duke of York’s Headquarters. The gallery features an excellent selection of artists and offers dedicated space to young and emerging talent.
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Where: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR
Time: 10 am to 4 pm (Monday to Saturday), 2pm to 4 pm on Sunday. It is closed between midday and 2 pm
The Royal Hospital Chelsea was built by Sir Christopher Wren. It was planned to be a home for soldiers who could not continue duty because of old age or injury. The museum, chapel and Great Hall are open to visitors. The place comes also with attractive grounds which are open daily except during the famous Chelsea Flower Show.
You can also check out the Chelsea Physic Garden and The National Army Museum located close by.
Chelsea Farmer’s Market
Where: 125 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London SW3 6NR
Time: 9.30 am to 8 pm
Located off the busy and bustling Kings Road, the Chelsea Farmers Market is a good looking square that comes with shops and restaurants. Come over during summers and you will see wooden tables laid out and exuberant people enjoying lunch under colourful umbrellas.
The market comes with everything from books and magazines to hand bags and purses. One can also check out the Chelsea Gardener for a lovely range of plants.
Rockarchive Gallery Chelsea
Where: 289 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EW
What time: 11 am to 7 pm
Rockarchive Gallery, founded by a renowned photographer Jill Furmanovsky exhibits a lovely collection of rock and roll. Furmanovsky brought together a library of famous rock photographers and their pictures of popular musicians. From The Rolling Stones and The Who to The Kinks, you will find them all here. Some of the images come with the story, making them really precious.
This isn’t all! There is a lot around Chelsea that you can explore. Watch plays by inventive writers at the Royal Court Theatre. You can also visit the Chelsea Old Church which dates back to 1157. Other attractions include St Barnabas Pimlico, Albert Bridge
No place beats Sloane Street and the King’s Road when it comes to designer shops and renowned brands. Some of the names include Louis Vuitton, Versace, Chanel, Prada, Jimmy Choo and MIu Miu.
Besides these brands, there are places like Biondi, Fifi Wilson, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Chloe and Graham & Green for ladies’ fashion. An extensive range of perfumes can be found in Jo Malone, Penhaligon’s, L’Occitane and Parfums de Nicolai.
Kiki McDonough, Cartier Boutique, Tiffany & Co, Theo Fennell, Lara Bohinc and Folli Follie are the places for excellent jewellery.
Pubs and Restaurants
Chelsea is packed with cafes, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. Gordon Ramsay, Rasoi, Tom’s kitchen, Le Cercle, Eight Over Eight, Gallery Mess, The Painted Heron and Hunan are some of the best restaurants in the area.
Famous nightlife venues include The Phoenix, Eighty Six, Phene Arms , JuJu Chelsea King’s Head and Eight Bells and The Blenheim to name a few.
Accommodation and Travel
This affluent area in central London offers an incredible range of accommodation options. With a distinctive style and charm, Chelsea is undeniably the place to be. Check out some of the best apartments located in Chelsea, here. Not only will you find beautiful décor and elegant interiors in these apartments but also all the amenities required for a perfect holiday.
Chelsea is well connected by various modes of transportation. The closest tube stations are South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines) and Sloane Square. Heathrow Airport can be reached in 60 minutes by tube. You can reach Gatwick Airport in 70 minutes by tube.