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Chelsea

Chelsea, a place to live, to be seen and to experience and love life

Sloane Square to New Kings Road, Chelsea has evolved from a small village into a way of life. Awash with Restaurants, Clubs and Bars, and shopping. Chelsea’ites have long sustained a love affair with pub culture and fashion. Here you can find anything from live jazz to the latest book signing.

THE SIGHTS   EATING & DRINKING   ARCHITECTURE   SHOPPING


GETTING AROUND


Most of the transport in Chelsea converges at Sloane Square where there is an Underground station. From here you can reach any part of London by public transport. Buses and Taxis are also available here to most parts of London.

TAXIS: There are plenty of Taxis on the streets of Chelsea. There is a cab rank just off Sloane Square but you can catch a cab anywhere. When the light on the top of the cab is lit up they have a fare, when the light is out you can hail a cab by simply holding your arm out on the side of the road.

UNDERGROUND: Sloane Square underground is the right in the heart of Chelsea. You can walk from here to most key destinations in and around Chelsea. Journeys cost from £2.30 on Zone 1. Daily travel cards cost from £12 for zone 1. The more zones you travel through the higher the cost of tickets. Locals usually use Pay as you go Oyster cards but recently it has become possible to simply present your contact­less debit card at the barriers and the system simply takes the cheapest fare possible straight out of your account. Don’t forget to “tap out” or you will be charged for the highest fare possible.

BUSES: There are many buses travelling through Sloan Square and west down Kings Road, north to Hyde Park, south to Battersea and east to Victorian train and bus station, route maps are available at the bus stops indicating which number bus you will need to take for your journey.

NATIONAL RAIL: The closest National Rail station is Victoria where you can pick up trains to destinations all over the south of England. If you are coming or going from the north you can get an Underground to Kings Cross St Pancras, Liverpool Street, Euston, and Paddington.

BY CAR: Chelsea is inside the congestion charging zone. Register on the tfl website HERE for auto pay or make one off payments, charges start at £10.50 on the day for auto pay or £14 if you pay online the following day. Much of the parking in Chelsea is on the street and metered. You can also find NCP car park at Cadogan Place and Victoria. If you’re heading out of London you might like to get onto the A3220 at the west end of Kings Road. This road runs north and south and connects with most of the major routes coming into London from all directions.

 

HISTORY & CULTURE


Chelsea began life as a Saxon Village where its’ name can be derived from. It wasn’t until the 16th & 17th Centuries that Chelsea became affluent and fashionable. Chelsea Village continued to flourish until the 18th Century when it was engulfed by ‘London’.

Kings Road was so named, as during this period it was a private road leading to the Royal Palace at Hampton Court. Sloane Square was named after Sir Hans Sloane, a physician to the Kings and Queens of the 17th & 18th Century. Chelsea is also famous for the many writers, artists and poets that lived there, as well as the Chelsea Flower Show, first held there in 1913.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was built by Sir Christopher Wren (1682­89) to house retired soldiers. These soldiers became the world famous ‘Chelsea Pensioners’, who wear to this day a uniform of scarlet coats and tricorn hats.

Chelsea also became a main gateway to the South of the Thames River with both Chelsea Bridge and The Albert Bridge being built between 1853–1873.