London area of Chelsea guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Chelsea neighbourhood

Football is traditionally a working class sport, but an ordinary fan of Chelsea FC earns around double the national average income, a statistic that tells you everything you need to know about this fabulously wealthy riverside neighbourhood. Two long high streets, the King's Road and the Fulham Road run parallel to the river, meaning that nowhere in the neighbourhood are you ever more than a few minutes' walk from a world-class restaurant, an exciting little boutique, or an antique shop with hotels more concentrated up towards fashionable Sloane Square. The artists of the nineteenth century and the pop singers of the 1960s made their homes here, and there are still a few remnants of the areas Bohemian past. Though the art galleries tend to sell tasteful landscapes, and the cafes no longer host all-night parties, the doyenne of contemporary British art Charles Saatchi chose Chelsea to be the home of his new gallery, and Vivien Westwood's punk boutique is still open on King's Road.

See our recommended nearby Chelsea Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Chelsea Hotels

in or near Chelsea
myhotel Chelsea London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
35 Ixworth Place, SW3
A boutique hotel that is striking a balance between traditional and contemporary, myhotel Chelsea promises to offer its guests elegant pleasures, personal attention and contemporary style. ... More
 
 
 
Draycott Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
26 Cadogan Gardens, SW3
Stylish antique d'cor, a peaceful but convenient location, and spacious, airy rooms are all essential to this hotel's appeal. Yet it is the unbeatable service that ... More
 
 
 
Sloane Square Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W
Located right on Sloane Square, where the old Royal Court Hotel used to be, Sloane Square Hotel is a welcoming and well decorated reincarnation. All the ... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Events

in or near Chelsea
Paul Dunton
London > Events > Concerts
The Pheasantry, 152-154 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3
Jazz and folk tunes performed by the singer-songwriter.... More
 
 
 
Cabaret Confidential
London > Events > Theatre
The Pheasantry, 152-154 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3
A popular showcase of performers from the musical theatre and cabaret scene. Introduced by Jamie Anderson.... More
 
 
 
Richard Wilson: 20:50
London > Events > Exhibitions
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3
The British sculptor's large-scale installation, created with recycled engine oil and steel.... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Entertainment

in or near Chelsea
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Royal Court Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W
Dedicated to putting on new work and discovering new voices, the Royal Court Theatre was seen as 'the most important theatre in Europe' by no less ... More
 
 
 
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Cadogan Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, London SW1X
Cadogan Hall opened its doors on 18th June 2004 with a surprising lack of fanfare but is making up for that with a year of 10th ... More
 
 
 
Curzon Chelsea Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
206 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3
An Art Deco classic, the Curzon Chelsea began life in 1934 as the Gaumont Palace. Despite a brief stint as a Habitat store it reverted to ... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Chelsea
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3
Built by Sir Christopher Wren 1682-1692, the Grade I-listed Royal Hospital Chelsea was intended by King Charles II to be a home for soldiers who were ... More
 
 
 
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Proud Chelsea
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
161 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3
Art gallery Proud Chelsea brings top quality rock 'n' roll photography to the heart of King's Road. There are several strings to the Proud bow - ... More
 
 
 
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Saatchi Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Duke of York's Square, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3
The Saatchi Gallery re-opened on 9th October 2008 in the former military barracks of the Duke of York's Headquarters. The 70,000 square feet represents a significantly ... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Chelsea
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Reiss
London > Shopping > Clothing
114-116 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3
There are many shops on the high street that aim to mirror the latest trends on the catwalk in an affordable range, but few who do ... More
 
 
 
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Terre d'Oc
London > Shopping > Gifts and Luxuries
184 King's Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3
Here at the Londontown.com offices, it’s been known to smell a little. What do you expect when you get ten hard-working editors searching for London’s finest ... More
 
 
 
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Partridges
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
2-5 Duke of York Square, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW34LX
Grocers by Royal Appointment to the Queen since 1994, Patridges is an institution in this part of Chelsea. Opened by Richard Shepherd in May 1972 at ... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Chelsea London?
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Ziani
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
45 Radnor Walk, Chelsea, London SW3
Italian cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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Benihana
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
77 King's Road, Chelsea, , Chelsea, London SW3
Japanese cuisine. Booking advised for dinner and weekends. ... More
 
 
 
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
115 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3
Nero is probably the best of the Capital’s coffee shop chains. Offers a wide range of authentic Italian coffee in a pleasant relaxed environment. Snacks include ... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Chelsea.
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Builders Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
13 Britten Street, Chelsea, London SW3
This popular, basic pub serves some really great food. Everything is cooked on the premises from proper ingredients and the smell that drifts out of the ... More
 
 
 
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The Orange Public House & Hotel
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Pimlico Road, Chelsea, London SW1W
The Orange Public House and Hotel on Pimlico Road has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the team behind The Thomas Cubitt and The ... More
 
 
 
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The Cadogan Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
298 Kings Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3
The Cadogan Arms has been given a facelift by Tom and Ed Martin - the brothers behind The Botanist, The Gun, The Well, Hat & Tun ... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Nightlife

Chelsea clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Barts
London > Nightlife > Bars
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3
Taking its inspiration from the American speakeasy movement, Barts is a tiny, intimate and relaxed bar in South Kensington which promises a refreshingly fun experience - ... More
 
 
 
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Eighty Six
London > Nightlife > Bars
86 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3
Eighty-Six is the brainchild of George Adams and Charlie Kearns, the duo behind Verbier's Coco Club. A popular place for after hours socialising for the Fulham ... More
 
 
 
Surprise in Chelsea
London > Nightlife > Bars
6 Christchurch Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3
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Chelsea Leisure

Chelsea gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Lush Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
123 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3
More than just a skincare shop, this branch of Lush on the Kings Road houses the Lush Spa. An overpowering mix of perfumes assaults the nose ... More
 
 
 
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Chelsea Physic Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London SW3
The largest fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world's northern-most outdoor grapefruit tree call the historic Chelsea Physic Gardens home. Hidden behind towering brick walls, ... More
 
 
 
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Ushvani
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
1 Cadogan Garden, Chelsea, London SW3
One of Knightsbridge's better kept secrets is the Ushvani day spa, tucked away in a Grade II listed building on Cadogan Gardens. Founded by Usha Arumugam, ... More
 
 
 

Chelsea Education

in or near Chelsea
Chelsea Library
London > Education > Libraries
Chelsea Old Town Hall Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3
The Library at Chelsea Town Hall on the King's Road offers a wide range of services for anyone living or working in the Royal Borough. It's ... More
 
 
 
English Gardening School
London > Education > Professional Training
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3
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Chelsea Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Chelsea.
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3
Built by Sir Christopher Wren 1682-1692, the Grade I-listed Royal Hospital Chelsea was intended by King Charles II to be a home for soldiers who were ... More
 
 
 
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National Army Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3
With ten, widely different and uniquely versatile rooms, the National Army Museum can help you hold your event, your way. Plan your party in Victorian splendour, ... More
 
 
 
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Chelsea Physic Garden
London > Business > Venue Hire
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3
The largest fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world's northern-most outdoor grapefruit tree call the historic Chelsea Physic Gardens home. Hidden behind towering brick walls, ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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