Living in Chelsea
Historically known as a village and the centre for alternative culture in the 60s, Chelsea is now well known as an exclusive and desirable area of London. Located in the west of the city bound by the River Thames, Knightsbridge to the north, Fulham to the northwest and Battersea to the south.
The 19th Century architecture predominantly found in Chelsea is characterised by red –brick terraces and mansion blocks surrounding pretty garden squares. Popular addresses include, but are not limited to, Tregunter Road, The Boltons, The Little Boltons and Park walk which links Fulham Road to King’s Road
Architecture & Properties in Chelsea
There is a wide range of property available in Chelsea; whether you are looking for a handsome mansion flat, a new home overlooking the river, a mews house or an imposing, detached mansion, Knight Frank can find the property that’s right for you.
Who lives there
Once frequented by the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and London’s bohemia, Chelsea is now home to London’s super wealthy as well as the largest communities of Americans living outside of the United States.
Where to eat
As you may expect, there is an impressive range of stylish restaurants, cafes and pubs throughout Chelsea catering for all tastes and budgets.
For a brassiere style meal:The Cross Keys, Tom’s Kitchen, The Pig’s Ear, The Ivy Chelsea Garden
For an Italian cuisine: Osteria dell’Arancio, Aglio e Olio, La Familglia
For delicatessen style quick bites: Gail’s bakery, Vingt Quatre
For excellent tapas in an informal setting: Eight over Eight
For finer dining: Gordon Ramsay, The Five Fields, Medlar
For al fresco: Bluebird Café, The Wine Gallery
Where to drink
- Wanted man
- Gail’s bakery
- Chelsea Quarter Café
- Le Pain Quotidien
Wine, Beers & Cocktails
- The Phene
- The Pig’s Ear
- Eight over Eight
- The Wine Gallery
Underground: Earls Court – District, Circle and Piccadilly lines (Zone 2); West Brompton - District lines (Zone 2); Gloucester Road – District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines (Zone 1)
Overground: Imperial Wharf and West Brompton (National Rail from/to Clapham Junction)
Buses: There are numerous bussed offering access to the West End and the City. 11 connecting to Fulham or Piccadilly, 49 connecting to Shepherds Bush or Battersea & Clapham Junction, 211 connecting to Victoria, Westminster & Waterloo or Fulham & Hammersmith.
Theatre lovers can enjoy cutting edge theatre at the Royal Court Theatre and film fans can take advantage of several cinemas all over the borough, including the best of independent cinemas showcasing arthouse movies.
Saatchi Gallery, Box Galleries, Chelsea Flower Show, Park walk hosts a selection of galleries and antique shops, nearby there is the Royal Albert Hall, V & A and Natural History museum in South Kensington.
The King’s Road, once the heart of ‘1960s swinging London’, is world famous for shopping. At one end is Sloane square and the curved façade of Peter Jones department store; journey down the road and you will find contemporary furnishing stores and smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops. There is also a Chelsea Farmer’s Market on Sydney Street – a selection of independent businesses and restaurants.
Parks & Green Spaces: Chelsea Embankment Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea (Location used for Chelsea Flower Show), Battersea Bridge Gardens, Chelsea’s oldest botanical garden – Chelsea Physic Garden, Garden Squares, grounds surrounding the glorious Wren buildings of the Royal Hospital
Council & Tax Bands
Council: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington and Chelsea council tax rates:
|Band||Range of Values||RBKC Council Tax||GLA Tax||Total Council Tax|
||Up to including £40,000
||£40,001 to £52,000
||£52,001 to £68,000
||£68,001 to £88,000
||£88,001 to £120,000
||£120,001 to £160,000
||£160,001 to £320,000
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