As well as the glamourous boutiques and fashionista-scene, Chelsea harbours a rich history of artists and British influencers. You’ll find many Blue Plaques on the buildings of the streets of Chelsea, which mark where some of the famous writers and creatives lived at the time, such as Oscar Wilde and playwright Arthur Miller.
In line with its village roots, Chelsea also hosts stunning parks, gardens and communal open spaces, with the most beautifully designed architecture and statues. If you have a real feel for all things architecture, then you’ll be particularly impressed with Wren’s Royal Hospital, as the area boasts one of London’s finest secular buildings.
See the list below for other sights that you won’t want to miss out on during your stay:
The Royal Hospital: Founded in 1682 by Charles II, The Royal Hospital was initially a place of refuge for soldiers and now houses over 300 pensioners. The oldest part of the hospital was designed by British architect, Christopher Wren and its museum and courts are normally open to the public before and after lunch. www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/
Battersea Power Station: This Grade II listed building of the most well-known landmarks of London, due to its pop-cultural appearances in the Beatles movie and on the album cover of Pink Floyd. The power station is under renovation to become an exciting shopping and entertainment complex. www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk
Albert Bridge: Described as “one of the beauties of the London river” by Sir John Betjeman in the 1950s, The Albert Suspension Bridge connects Chelsea to Central London, across the River Thames. www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmtours/chelseawalk/vm_cw_chelseaembankment.asp
Chelsea Old Church: Left in ruins by bombs dropped during World War II, this beautiful Church was rebuilt in the 1950s. It is most famous for hosting the marriage of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. www.chelseaoldchurch.org.uk
The National Army Museum: With free admission for visitors, this museum exhibits the story of British armies and soldiers. You’ll be taken aback by the huge 19th century model of the battle at Waterloo. www.nam.ac.uk
Carlyle’s House: A Queen Anne house that housed Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle and his wife in the year 1834. This build is now owned by the National Trust and is preserves all its historic beauty. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carlyleshouse
Chelsea Physic Garden: Established in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, this garden is home to a collection of herbs and medicinal plants (including the oldest man-made rock garden in Europe). www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk