About the Area
There are few neighbourhoods more synonymous with British style than Chelsea. Known as an 'exclusive village within a city' and categorized as a global ultra prime residential area, Chelsea is one of the most vibrant, gorgeous areas in London. From the tree-lined streets and classic architecture to its incomparable list of present and former tenants, Chelsea has always been a hot spot for the rich and elite in British Society. Even as far back as 1694, the area was known as the 'village of palaces' and as the years passed it took on even more substance to go with its unmistakable style. The heart of the pre-Raphaelite movement, the centre of the swinging sixties and the birthplace of punk, Chelsea is an important part of the city's identity. Truly the centre of London's world influence on style and culture, this neighbourhood is more than an address: It's a lifestyle.
Places of Interest
There is no shortage of things to do and see in this impressive neighbourhood. Surrounded by over 66 acres of masterfully planned gardens, The Royal Hospital is one of London's most imposing structures. Containing a museum, souvenir shop, chapel and great hall, the Hospital is a must-see for anyone interested in the city's rich architectural history. Moving from architecture to apothecary, the Chelsea Physic Garden is not as famous as the hospital but offers just as much intrigue. Founded by the Society of Apothecaries of London, the garden is the oldest botanic garden that is still in operation. Designed exclusively for the study of new plants and their uses, this restful spot is filled with millions of different species.
If you'd rather nibble your plants than look at them, you won't find a better place for gastro-tourism than Chelsea. Home to many of the premier dining spots in the country, Chelsea offers Japanese, French, Thai, Italian and the best in modern British cuisine. Gordon Ramsay has two addresses including a relaxed 'lunch' spot and his primary restaurant, which consistently wins high praise from critics and patrons alike. In fact, a quick search reveals many reviews where the food has been described as "the best (they've) ever had".
Second only to Bond Street, Kings Road offers some of the best shopping in the country. High-end labels rub shoulders with respected chain retailers, making this one of the most popular stops in most people's Chelsea Itinerary. Glitzy and glamorous, it is the ideal place to spend an afternoon whether you can afford the labels or if you prefer to window shop the time away.
Thanks to London's exceptional transit system, Chelsea is easily accessible by every available mode of transport. All of London's major underground stations have interchanges that arrive at the area and it is serviced by a total of 15 different bus lines, many of which require only a few minutes wait at the stops. Those who want a more private experience can hire a private shuttle directly from all the major airports such as Heathrow that will drop them directly in the centre of bustling Chelsea.