London area of SW3 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's SW3 neighbourhood

The Chelsea district of SW3 includes Brompton and part of Knightsbridge as well as plush Chelsea. The area's two long high streets, the Kings Road and the Fulham Road, run parallel to the river, and 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 19th century and the pop singers of the 1960s made their homes here, and there are still a few remnants of the area's 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 latest gallery, and Vivien Westwood's punk boutique is still open on Kings Road.

See our recommended nearby SW3 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

SW3 Hotels

in or near SW3
Sydney House Chelsea
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
9- 11 Sydney Street, SW3
The Sydney House Chelsea is a converted town house located in a Grade II listed building, just moments from the King's Road in London's fashionable Chelsea ... 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
No.11 Cadogan Gardens
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3
No. 11 London, A Victorian boutique hotel, was built by Lord Chelsea on the cricket ground between Harrods and Buckingham Palace and quickly became a ... More

SW3 Entertainment

in or near SW3
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Cadogan Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
5 Sloane Terrace, SW3, 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
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Royal Court Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Sloane Square, SW3, 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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Cine Lumiere
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Institut Francais Cultural Centre, 17 Queensberry Place, SW3, London SW7
The Cine Lumiere is a shining beacon for all fans of European and World cinema. Attached to the Institut Francais, its programme is varied and intelligent, ... More

SW3 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near SW3
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Proud Chelsea
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
161 Kings Road, SW3, 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, SW3, 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
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Royal Hospital Road, SW3, 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

SW3 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SW3
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Chelsea Toys
London > Shopping > Children's Gifts and Toys
Chelsea Green, 53 Godfrey Street, SW3, London SW3
In between the Fulham Road and Kings Road, down a quiet side street, Chelsea Toys (formerly Traditional Toys) is a treasure trove of wooden toys: cars, ... More
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Terre d'Oc
London > Shopping > Gifts and Luxuries
184 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3, 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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Chelsea Fishmonger
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
10 Cale Street, SW3, London SW3
The Chelsea Fishmonger is a labour of love for Rex Goldsmith who has been in the fish trade since he was 13 years old. Rex and ... More

SW3 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near SW3 London?
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The Pheasantry
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
152-154 Kings Road, SW3, London SW3
This well known Kings Road restaurant may have become a Pizza Express but it retains much of its original character and plenty of its historic Georgian ... More
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Choys
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
172 King's Road, SW3, London SW3
Chinese cuisine ... More
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
115 Kings Road, SW3, 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

SW3 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SW3.
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Builders Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
13 Britten Street, SW3, 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 Admiral Codrington
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
17 Mossop Street, SW3, London SW3
Affectionately referred to as "the Cod", this Knightsbridge boozer-come-gastropub has acquired a reputation for serving high quality, modern food in no-fuss, sleek surroundings. If you do ... More
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The Cadogan Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
298 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3, 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

SW3 Nightlife

SW3 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Barts
London > Nightlife > Bars
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, SW3, 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, SW3, 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, SW3, London SW3
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SW3 Leisure

SW3 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Lush Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
123 Kings Road, SW3, 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, SW3, 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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G-Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
63-81 Pelham Street, SW3, London SW7
Downstairs from LA Fitness (keep going past the people who look like they're about to die on the running machines) you'll find G-Spa. A world away ... More

SW3 Education

in or near SW3
Chelsea Library
London > Education > Libraries
Chelsea Old Town Hall Kings Road, SW3, 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
Kensington and Chelsea College
London > Education > English Language Courses
Marlborough Centre, Sloane Avenue, SW3, London SW3
Under 200pw. Less than 20 per class.... More

SW3 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW3.
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Hospital Road, SW3, 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, SW3, 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, SW3, 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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