A naturally affluent area in West London, Chelsea charms people from across the globe. Many people dream of living here, making it a great place to purchase a property. With vibrant nightlife, a sophisticated cultural scene and flourishing green spaces, Chelsea is experiencing ever-increasing crowds heading over for a slice of its famed lifestyle.
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Chelsea has a wide variety of places to eat and drink. Tapas lounge Tonteria is amongst the most popular. Expect your drinks to be poured and served from creative features like a small-scale ziggurat and toy train. It’s even rumoured to be Prince Harry’s favourite bar!
You’ll find several Michelin-starred restaurants amongst the area’s eateries, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. But for down-to-earth dining, Il Trillo is the place. It’s an experience you literally can’t get elsewhere in the UK – it has only one other restaurant location: Tuscany. You’re guaranteed an authentic taste of Italy.
When dusk falls, Chelsea really is the ultimate classy night out. King’s Road comes alive at night, and you can easily spend a whole evening sipping drinks in various establishments along this stretch of the district. These include the rather grandiose Beaufort House. Or you can opt for the upmarket JuJu and listen to a range of local DJs.
Unsurprisingly, part of Chelsea’s elite lifestyle involves culture. Exclusive art can be found at Saatchi Gallery, which showcases modern pieces by young, emerging artists. Promising playwrights often have their work performed at The Royal Court Theatre. And then there’s Cadogan Hall which plays host to the sounds of orchestras, and modern-day rock and jazz bands. Those who prefer sports over the arts can see Chelsea Football Club at their home of Stamford Bridge.
Another big aspect of the Chelsea lifestyle is its vibrant retail scene. Rather than spending the day at Oxford Road and Kensington High Street, shoppers are increasingly flocking to Chelsea to splurge amongst leafy surroundings. Peter Jones, one of the largest department stores in the entire city and located in Chelsea since 1877, delivers everything shopaholics could ever need – from fashion to homeware.
Chelsea is also birthplace to the likes of Vivienne Westwood. Designer collections can be found at the label’s very first shop, World’s End on King’s Road. There are plenty of other world-famous brands in the area, and most can be found near Duke of York Square (such as Ted Baker, Jigsaw, Whistles and COS).
You won’t be without your more everyday and independent shops in Chelsea either. There are over 300 stores on King’s Road alone, such as Waitrose, Boots and Marks & Spencer, amongst all the affluent brands. On Saturdays, you can visit here for the farmer’s market and pick out locally grown ingredients or some fresh ready meals.
Residences in this area are certainly modern, and so people are naturally drawn to the finest pieces to complement their interiors. There’s no need to look any further than Heal’s. It’s backed by heritage and expertise, making it the choice place for current furniture and home accessories for fantastic interior design.
For a break away from the excitement of the centre, return to nature by visiting green spaces like The Ivy Chelsea Garden, which has a striking terraced area. Or you can venture to the second oldest English botanical garden: Chelsea Physic Garden. It has the largest outdoor olive tree in the whole of the UK as well, and has amazing rock gardens, herb gardens, glasshouses and rare plants.
Every May, you’ll be treated to the most spectacular blossoms at the RHS Flower Show. And occurring around about the same time is Chelsea in Bloom, an alternative floral art show. This sees local businesses adorn their premises with their own imaginative arrangements.
For walkers, the Chelsea Embankment boasts picturesque views. It has some notable buildings along it, including the historical Grade II* listed Swan House. You can also cross the embankment to the south of Albert Bridge, where you’ll be spoilt with even more gorgeous greenery at Battersea Park.
These green backdrops make Chelsea ideal for cyclists, which is a fantastic mode of transport to take if you’re journeying to somewhere quite close by. If you’re travelling further afield, then it’s likely that using the underground will be the preference.
Situated in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, there are a number of underground stations you can use – over 10, in fact! These are along multiple lines as well, making it easy to access whichever part of London you so desire. The following tube stops make up the area:
- High Street Kensington (Circle and District)
- Notting Hill (Circle, District and Central)
- Earl’s Court (District and Piccadilly)
- Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly)
- South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly)
- Knightsbridge (Piccadilly)
- Sloane Square (Circle and District)
- Holland Park (Central)
- Latimer Road (Circle and Hammersmith & City)
- Ladbroke Grove (Circle and Hammersmith & City)
- West Brompton (District)
Whilst Chelsea does not currently form part of the new Elizabeth line, there is the chance that it could be a stop on the proposed Crossrail 2.
There are also London Overground services you can travel by, which will come in particularly helpful for any excursions outside of the capital. Bus links are strong too, whether you’re travelling north, south, east or west. Such an abundance of connections makes Chelsea an ideal base if you work outside of the area. You’ll be in the prime position to enjoy the lavish Chelsea lifestyle and reap the rewards of city opportunities.
Did you know…?
The iconic King’s Road, now home to the finest experiences Chelsea has to offer, actually gained its name from having been used as King Charles II’s private road when he travelled to Kew. Up until 1830, it was quite literally the ‘King’s road’.
Properties in Chelsea
With all of Chelsea’s allure and charm, it’s unsurprising that people are being successfully drawn in to buy and rent here. Professionals and families alike can be found in the area’s mix of flats, penthouses and mansions. Whether you want to become part of Chelsea’s thriving community or invest and benefit from the high rental yields as a landlord, there’s a property here for you.