Fashionable, upmarket and distinctly cool, Chelsea has been a destination of choice with the rich, famous and trendy for centuries. Packed with gorgeous shops, eateries and cultural venues, it’s really is the place to be seen.
If you’re looking to stay in a trendy area with all the best boutiques, restaurants and entertainment spots on your doorstep, Chelsea is your ideal destination.
This gorgeous, upmarket place is nestled along the River Thames in central London, and forms part of the Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough. It’s been a favourite hotspot with royals and the super wealthy for centuries with stunning, grand buildings lining the streets. So it’s surprising to find out that originally Chelsea was a much more rural place, used as a market garden for east London.
Places to see
King’s Road is a must-see while you’re in the area. Built as a private road for Charles II between St. James’ Palace and Fulham, it was opened to the public in the 19th century and became a firm favourite with hippies in the 1960s. Today, its home to an awe-inspiring selection of neoclassical buildings, like the Chelsea Town Hall and it’s a picturesque place to stroll through.
For the ultimate shopping experience, head down to Sloane Street to browse the boutiques, take in the houses in Belgravia, one of the world’s wealthiest areas, or pop to the 17th-century Chelsea Royal Hospital to see some breathtaking architecture.
Also known for being a historically arty area, with residents including J.M.W Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde, there are plenty of galleries to visit like contemporary art house, Gagliardi Gallery, and it’s the home to the exclusive, private members Chelsea Arts Club.
Places to dine and stay
From high-end eateries to cosy cafés, there’s so much choice in Chelsea so it’s worth wandering the streets to see what gems you can find.
To give you a little inspiration, for high dining, head to Gordon Ramsey's restaurant or Marco Pierre White’s Drones. For something a little kinder on the budget, try French brasserie, Racine, or Thai restaurant, the Blue Elephant. And for wholesome organic food, pop across to Leon.
Hotels in Chelsea cater for everyone too, although you really are in the right place if you’re looking to splash out on somewhere really fancy. Egerton House Hotel, Sloane Square Hotel and The Chelsea Harbour Hotel are all up there with the best when it comes to luxury accommodation. But if you’d like to make your budget stretch further, check out the Ibis London Shepherds Bush or the Premier Inn London Hanger Lane.