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352a King's Road
London
SW3 5UU
United Kingdom
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Wed 8.30am to 6.30pm
Thu 8.30am to 6.30pm
Fri 8.30am to 6.30pm
Sat 10am to 2pm
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Living in Chelsea

Chelsea is situated in West London and is bounded by the River Thames, Knightsbridge to the north, Fulham to the northwest and Battersea to the south. Part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this one time village is now an exclusive and upmarket area of London, personified by two landmarks at its East and West borders - Sloane Square and Chelsea Football ground ( considered to be based in Chelsea, despite being located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham).

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 facade of Peter Jones department store; journey down the road and you will find contemporary furnishing stores and smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops. Vivien Westwood's punk boutique is still open on King's Road and nearby is the Saatchi Gallery showcasing contemporary art from young or unknown artists.

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 the largest communities of Americans living outside of the United States.

Chelsea Area Map

Property available 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.

Things to do and places of interest

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of London's most popular events and takes place annually in May. Other attractions include Christopher Wren's breathtaking Royal Hospital, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, the National Army Museum and the historic home of Thomas Carlyle.

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. 

As you may expect, there is an impressive range of stylish restaurants, including West London stalwart Bluebird Cafe, cafés and pubs throughout Chelsea, catering for all tastes and budgets.

With excellent local amenities and a good selection of schools, colleges and universities, all easily reachable by public transport, it is no wonder Chelsea is synonymous with the zenith of London living.

Places of interest

  • Carlyle's House
  • Chelsea Physic Garden
  • National Army Museum
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea
  • Saatchi Gallery (The)
  • Tate Britain
  • Serpentine Gallery
  • Chelsea Football Ground, Stamford Bridge
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre
  • Chelsea Arts Club
  • St Lukes Church
  • Chelsea Old Church

History

To stroll around Chelsea is to walk in the footsteps of kings and queens, writers and revolutionaries, politicians and painters, thinkers and thespians. Noted in the Doomsday Book, Chelsea was a Middlesex village, when Thomas More, a high-flying lawyer, needed a new and sumptuous place to live.

Chelsea quickly became the "village of palaces" as older ennobled families moved in, but it was Charles II who set the seal on Chelsea's ascendancy when he enclosed an old farm track as the straightest route from Whitehall to Hampton Court Palace.

Only bearers of a solid copper pass bearing the imprint of the monarch could use what naturally became known as the King's Road. Not until 1830 were the general public allowed to travel on the highway.

With the opening of the old wooden Battersea Bridge in 1772, Chelsea was prised open to the world, and the Embankment was created in 1874. A stream once flowed into Chelsea Creek called Stanford Creek.

It crossed Fulham Road at Stanford Bridge, which in time would mutate to Stamford and be the chosen term for an athletics stadium built in 1877. In 1904 the ownership of the ground changed to the Mears brothers, who leapt at the chance to form Chelsea Football Club.

Chelsea kept its boho beat until recent times. For hippies and punks it became a mecca - devotees of both counter-cultures flocked to the Kings Road to buy clothes at Nigel Weymouth's ‘Granny Takes A Trip’ and Vivienne Westwood's ‘Sex’. Mick Jagger, like Keith Richards a resident of Cheyne Walk, sang of going "down to the Chelsea drugstore to get your prescription filled".

But money speaks louder than art, and the artists have gone, replaced by the few who can afford to live here.

Getting to Chelsea

Roads

  • M4

Rail

  • West Brompton (National Rail from/to Clapham Junction)

Underground

  • Earls Court - District, Piccadilly and Circle Line (zone 2)
  • West Brompton - District Line (zone 2)
  • Gloucester Road - District, Piccadilly and Circle Line

Buses

  • There are numerous buses offering access to the West End and the City

Air

  • Heathrow - 14.8 miles
  • Gatwick - 38.5 miles
  • City Airport – 12.4 miles

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

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Luxury Car Hire & London Chauffeur services
20 Hanover Square
Mayfair
London
W1S 1JY
0207 993 5848

Schools

Private Schools

  • Cameron House School
    4 The Vale
    London
    SW3 6AH
    020 7352 4040
  • Tadpoles Nursery School
    Park Walk
    London
    SW10 0AY
    020 7352 9757
  • Paint Pots Montessori School
    9 Shalcomb Street
    London
    SW10 0HZ
    020 7376 4571
  • Redcliffe School
    47 Redcliffe Gardens
    London
    SW10 9JH
    020 7352 9247
  • Lycée Francais Charles de Gaulle
    35 Cromwell Road
    London
    SW7 2DG
    020 75846322
  • St Philip' School
    6, Wetherby Place
    London
    SW7 4NE
    020 7373 3944
  • Glendower Preparatory School
    87, Queen's Gate
    London
    SW7 5JX
    020 7370 1927
  • Queen's Gate School Ltd
    133, Queen's Gate
    London
    SW7 5LF
    020 7589 3587
  • Falkner House School
    19, Brechin Place
    London
    SW7 4QB
    020 7373 4501

State Schools

  • Servite RC Primary School
    252 Fulham Road
    London
    SW10 9NA
    020 7352 2588
  • Bousfield Primary School
    South Bolton Gardens
    London
    SW5 0DJ
    020 7373 6544
  • Ashburnham Community School
    17 Blantyre Street
    London
    SW10 0DT
    020 7352 5740
  • Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School
    Clareville Street
    London
    SW7 5AQ
    020 7373 4491

Bars and restaurants

  • Cheyne Walk Brasserie
    French
    50 Cheyne Walk
    Chelsea
    SW3 5LR
    0207 3768787
  • Bluebird
    British
    350 Kings Road
    Chelsea
    SW3 5UU
    0871 332 6547
  • Eight Over Eight
    Pan-Asian
    392 King's Road
    SW3 5UZ
    020 7349 9934
  • Osteria dell'Arancio
    Italian
    383 Kings Road
    SW10 0LP
    0871 0758920
  • The Wine Gallery
    British
    49 Hollywood Road
    SW10 9HX
    020 7352 7572
  • Brinkley's
    British
    47 Hollywood Road
    SW10 9HX
    020 7351 1683
  • Aglio e Olio
    Italian
    194 Fulham Road
    SW10 9PN
    020 7351 0070
  • Sophie's Steakhouse
    British
    311-313 Fulham Road
    SW10 9QH
    0871 426 0590
  • Vingt Quatre
    British
    325 Fulham Road
    SW10 9QL
    0871 33285335
  • Randall & Aubin
    European
    333 Fulham Road
    SW10 9QL
    020 7823 3515
  • Mokssh
    Indian
    222-224 Fulham Road
    SW10 9NB
    020 7352 6548
  • Feng Sushi
    Japanese
    218 Fulham Road
    SW10 9NB
    020 7795 1900
  • Rosso Pomodoro
    Neapolitan Cuisine
    214 Fulham Road
    SW10 9NB
    020 7352 7677
  • Strada
    Italian
    237 Earls Court
    SW5 9AH
    020 7835 1180
  • Mr Wing
    Chinese
    242-244 Old Brompton Road
    SW5 0DE
    020 7370 4450
  • Lou Pescadou
    French
    241 Old Brompton Road
    SW5 9HP
    020 7370 1057
  • Pizza Express
    Italian
    363 Fulham Road
    SW10 9TN
    020 7352 5300
  • Carluccios
    Italian
    236 Fulham Road
    SW10 9NB
    020 7376 5960
  • The Painted Heron
    Indian
    112 Cheyne Walk
    SW10 0DJ
    020 7351 5232
  • La Familglia
    Italian
    5-7 Langton Street
    SW10 0JL
    020 7351 0761
  • The Pig’s Ear
    British/French
    5 Old Church Street
    SW3 5BS
    020 7352 2908

Hospitals and medical practices

  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
    369 Fulham Road
    London
    SW10 9NH
    020 8743 8600
  • King’s Road Dental Clinic
    295 King’s Road
    London
    SW3 5EP
    020 7351 1685
  • The Royal Marsden Hospital
    Fulham Road
    London
    SW3 6JJ
    020 7352 8171
  • The Chelsea Practice
    30 Flood Walk
    London
    SW3 5RR
    0844 477 8722
  • The Doctors Surgery
    3 Basil Street
    London
    SW3 1AU
    020 7245 9333

Theatres and cinemas

  • Cadogan Hall
    5 Sloane Terrace
    London SW1X 9DQ
    020 7730 4500
  • Cineworld Cinema
    142 Fulham Road
    London
    SW10 9QR
    0871 200 2000
  • Cineworld Cinema
    279 King’s Road
    London
    SW3 5EW
    0871 200 2000
  • Curzon Cinema
    206 King’s Road
    London
    SW3 5XP
    0871 703 3990
  • Chelsea Theatre
    7 World’s End Place
    London
    SW10 0DR
    020 7352 1967