Chelsea began life as a Saxon village, a few miles from the flourishing town of London. By the 17th century, it was a popular place for rich people to live, and by the early 18th century, the area was starting to become a part of London. The Kings Road got its name at the time because it was the private road running to the royal court at Hampton.
In the 19th century, the area grew rapidly, and became famous for the writers who lived there at the time, such as Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Carlyle and Oscar Wilde.
Chelsea is still one of the most fashionable and affluent areas of London. A huge selection of high-end shops, restaurants and the world-class museums of neighbouring South Kensington, make Chelsea one of the most desirable areas to live in London.
From large, white stucco fronted town houses to grand red brick mansion block flats and some of the prettiest garden squares in London, there is a huge variety of property available in Chelsea.
The epicentre of the area is the Kings Road and Sloane Square, where John Lewis’s much-loved Peter Jones department store is located. Duke of York square nearby plays host to an excellent farmers market every Saturday. Celebrated annual events, such as the Chelsea Flower Show and Masterpiece Art Fair, are held at the renowned Royal Hospital Chelsea, just a short walk from Sloane Square.
Chelsea boasts a range of excellent state primary schools, such as Servite Roman Catholic School and Christ Church C of E Primary. The private primary schools offer world-class education and include Garden House School, Redcliffe School and Hill House (featured).
There is no shortage of popular restaurants in Chelsea. La Famiglia, Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay, Caraffini (featured), and Medlar are just a few neighbourhood favourites.
Chelsea is the place to see and be seen, particularly after dark. Many restaurants have bars, such as the new and much-lauded Ivy Chelsea Garden, and the Bluebird. For a spot of late-night dancing, you can’t go wrong with the Chelsea institution, Raffles (featured).
Battersea Park (featured) and all its excellent facilities are just a short walk over the river.