The first self-anchored suspension bridge in the country, Chelsea Bridge opened in 1937 and is now a Grade II Listed building. The structure is known for its night-time illuminations and is a popular walking route for residents and tourists travelling between scenic Battersea Park and the exclusive boutiques of Chelsea.
This bridge was built on the site of the former Old Chelsea Bridge, which was completed in the 1850s but was structurally unsafe and was eventually demolished in the 1930s, when the population of the local area swelled. The current bridge is around 213 metres in length and is now accompanied by the Battersea Footbridge, which was opened in 2004 and is underneath the main bridge.
One of London's most exclusive districts, Chelsea is probably best known for the successful Chelsea Football Club and is home to many major celebrities and luxury hotels near Chelsea Bridge. The neighbourhood is home to the renowned Chelsea College of Arts, which offers various art and design courses and is one of the constituent colleges of the University of the Arts, London.
This community is also the filming location for the award-winning television series Made in Chelsea, which was first filmed in 2011 and has attracted a loyal fan base, receiving well over a million average viewers by 2014. Chelsea is also home to the King's Road, which was originally a private road for King Charles II in the 17th century but is best known for its mod culture of the 1960s.
Rapidly becoming one of London's most desirable residential communities, Battersea is most noted for its picturesque park, which opened to the public in 1858 and benefited from a multi-million pound refurbishment in the early 2000s. The neighbourhood is also home to the popular New Covent Garden Market, which supplies ingredients to significant numbers of schools, restaurants, and hotels near Chelsea Bridge and throughout London.
One of the most recognisable sites in the area is undoubtedly Battersea Power Station, which dates back to the 1930s and is Europe's largest brick building. For years this landmark remained vacant, although it was sold off to private developers in the 2010s, with hundreds of millions of pounds being spent to convert the site into luxury retail and residential units.
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