Chelsea is one of those places in London that never fall out of fashion. Full of charm, oozing luxury, and infused with refined class and a dash of aristocratic merit.
Chelsea’s streets are filled with high-end label boutiques, cafes, and restaurants with most streets showcasing some of the world’s most expensive cars. This is also one of the most desirable places to live work and shop, albeit a super expensive place to live.
The locals here are an eclectic mix of young professionals, investment bankers, film stars, and families in addition to a large French contingent who are said to be drawn to the nearby Lycee Francaise Charles de Gaulle and Institut Francais Du Royaume Uni.
Where Is Chelsea Located In London | What Part of London Is Chelsea?
Chelsea is located in South-West London with postcodes SW1, SW3 AND SW10. Chelsea is also part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Chelsea’s long and rich history can be traced in the layouts of its streets, from Georgian townhouses and Victorian red-brick to the glass and steel interiors.
Chelsea first came to prominence in the 16th century when the aristocracy and gentry built summer palaces along the river.
Henry VIII liked the area so much, having been entertained there by his friend Sir Thomas More, who he beheaded for treason in 1535. (So much for being BFFs)
Chelsea was also once described as “a village of palaces”, with King Henry VIII and his wives, Queen Elizabeth I, prime ministers all having lived here or owned property in the area.
For decades Chelsea has been a popular location for the wealthy and at one point also had a reputation as London’s Bohemian quarter, the haunt of artist, radical, painters, and poets.
All that is long gone with the remanents of that only found in the Chelsea Art Club we mentioned here.
What To Find In Chelsea
There are plenty of things to do in Chelsea, from the cute independent shops on Pavillion Road, Cafes on Kings Road, to shopping on Duke of York Square, Sloane Street as well as Brompton Road which is around the corner.
At the very heart of Chelsea is the charming Sloane Square, one of London’s most glamourous locations for shopping, culture, and dining.
Its landmarks include the Royal Court Theatre to the east, adjacent to the Underground station, and department store Peter Jones.
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There are plenty of amazing places to stay in Chelsea. From these amazing boutique hotels, to stunning hotels with swimming pools. For those wanting to stay near the Chelsea football stadium see here.
To find the best hotels in Chelsea see map below.
How To Get To Chelsea
Getting to Chelsea is super easy. You have a number of tube stations within walking distance to the heart of Chelsea.
You can arrive in Chelsea via boat at Chelsea Harbour Pier. The Thames Clippers will store on the pier with easy access to and from Blackfriars, Canary Wharf, London Bridge, North Greenwich and Putney Piers.
If you are looking to use the London underground to get to Chelsea, you have a choice of Imperial Wharf(Overground/Southern Lines), Sloane Square(Circle/District Lines), and Knightsbridge(Piccadilly line), these stations are all within walking distance of Chelsea district areas.
If you are heading to Chelsea from London’s airports, we have perfect guides here.