One of the most exclusive neighbourhoods to visit while in London, is Chelsea, which is where the famous King’s Road is situated.
With a horde of art galleries, upmarket boutiques and high-street chops Chelsea is among the trendiest areas of London. Close to Oxford Street, (learn more about Oxford Street here) you have everything you need in terms of shopping right on your doorstep.
It forms part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is surrounded by some of the most expensive districts of Knightsbridge, Brompton and South Kensington. Of course, this is home to the infamous shoes, the Chelsea boots. Chelsea boots are comfortable, stylish, well made women’s shoes of varying heel heights which are especially popular in Chelsea but worn all across the world.
Some of the top attractions to visit on a trip to Chelsea, in your Chelsea boots, are:
A short distance from the Park Grand London Kensington Hotel is Sloane Square that is the epitome of the exclusivity, wealth and style of the Chelsea. It is located on the periphery of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and is the area from which the term Sloane Ranger was derived. It is descriptive of the prosperity of the residents of the area and is evident when you explore the area on foot.
When you explore the area of Kings Road you will be awestruck by the trendy cafes, bars, numerous art galleries, amazing boutiques and flagship stores all found in the area. You will be tempted to shop in the area but you need to ensure you carry your credit cards with the highest limits because things are really pricey here.
One of the poshest residential areas in the world, the residents of the area both past and present consists of the very rich and famous including band members of the Rolling Stones, writers Henry James and George Elliot among other famous people. Several political luminaries, as well as sports stars, have also made Chelsea home including Sylvia Pankhurst and George Best stayed here. You will know this place is of historical significance when you come across the many blue plaques in the area.
Stephanie Hoppen Gallery
If you love art one of the most stylish and sophisticated galleries that feels right at home with the exclusiveness of Chelsea is the Stephen Hoppen Gallery. There is an eclectic mix of art found here ranging from photography to amazing paintings from across the globe.
Michael Hoppen Gallery
Take a tour of the gallery and you will be amazed at the exceptional collection of photography that is on display. There is a vast collection of photographs from across the world covering different eras on display at its three galleries. The gallery also has a publishing unit of its own.
One of the best places in London to see the best of modern art is the Saatchi Gallery, which champions the work of modern and contemporary artists from all over the world. The sheer diversity if incredible and it features works of famous artists like Damien Hirst along with other famous artists and the works of upcoming artists.
National Army Museum
A visit to the museum will give you an idea of the role played by the British Army throughout history in the evolution of the Great Britain and the rest of the world. Visitors can hop over to the museum shop to buy souvenirs of their visit. If you do build up an appetite for your visit had to The Great Escape Café in the area for a spot of lunch.
Chelsea Physic Garden
It is among the most popular landmarks and attractions in the area and among the oldest. It was initially established in 1673 to serve as an Apothecary Garden. It is the oldest garden in the country with a variety of interesting plant species. It also is home to the largest olive tree in Britain that still gives fruit and a wonderful rock garden where alpine plants are grown. A very serene and charming place to visit when in the area!
Chelsea Old Town Hall
One of the biggest draws in the King’s Road area, the town hall is worth a visit to its grand decor and amazing architecture. Also check to see what event is on at the time of your visit as there are a variety of fairs, musical events and fashion shows hosted here.
Royal Hospital Chelsea
It is among the most prominent landmarks of West London and is the place made famous by its legendary Chelsea Pensioners. Visitors to the Royal Chelsea Hospital get to learn about the history of this iconic place. King Charles II founded the hospital in 1682, and now is a Grade I listed building that still is home to the Chelsea Pensioners.
It was where the famous Scottish writer from the 19th Century Thomas Carlyle lived. It is now is managed by National Trust and is a popular attraction for literary lovers. It is located at 24 Cheyne Row, and when you explore the place you will tread in footsteps of literary giants of the likes of Tennyson, Dickens and Browning all of whom visited the place.
Chelsea Farmers Market
A rather laid back area, it is a refreshing change from shopping on the busy high-street area. The place has a number of stores that sell a variety of organic food items as well as alternative health stuff. It is a popular shopping haunt for celebrities and who knows when you pop-in you might even bump into one of them!
A visually striking example of architecture in the area it is among the most beautiful of edifices in Chelsea. It also is the location for the immensely famous Crustacea Stall and Cafe and the equally well known Bibendum Restaurant. Enjoy some of the finest culinary offerings in a very sophisticated atmosphere.
All you football lovers out there will feel right at home with a tour of the famous Stamford Bridge, which is the home venue of Chelsea Football Club. There are guided tours of the place where visitors get a rare chance to see the pitch, the player’s tunnel, the dressing rooms and the museum. A must visit for those who are passionate about football!