Royal Hospital Chelsea

 
 
ADDRESS
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon to Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-4pm | Closed daily between midday-14:00.
 
PRICES
Adult FREE, Child FREE | There is a charge for tours.
 

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Royal Hospital ChelseaBuilt 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 unfit for further duty because of injury or old age. Hundreds of years on and the 66 acres (27 hectares) site is still home to these Chelsea Pensioners or "The Men in Scarlet", who can be seen in their colourful jackets and triangular hats making their way down the Royal Hospital Road. The Chapel, Great Hall, museum and State Apartments are open to visitors and are of particular interest. The Great Hall, used for dining until the early 19th century, is furnished with sixteen long tables (each one seating 26 members of each Ward); the large mural painting at the far end dates from about 1690 and represents Charles II on horseback surrounded by allegorical figures, with the Royal Hospital buildings in the background. Beautiful grounds are open daily except during Chelsea Flower Show months (May or June) which has been held at the South Grounds since 1913. The National Army Museum and the Chelsea Physic Garden close by are also worth a look.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Sloane Square Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
South Kensington Tube Station
 
16 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Imperial Wharf Station
 
29 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Whitelands House Pure Parking
 
5 minutes walk
 
Bourne Street Pure Parking
 
7 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

Further articles featuring Royal Hospital Chelsea on LondonTown.com

 
May in London 2012

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR 22nd May 2012 - 27th May 2012 Founded in 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show is an extraordinary event...

 
 
June in London 2012

Masterpiece Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR 28th June 2012 - 4th July 2012 Dedicated to finding the best in art and design, Masterpiece London is truly an...

 
 
October in London 2012

Art London Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR 4th October 2012 - 9th October 2012 The Art London fair takes place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, showcasing galleries from...

 
 
May 2011

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR 24th May 2011 - 28th May 2011 Founded in 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show is an extraordinary event and...

 
 
May 2010

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR 25th May 2010 - 29th May 2010 Founded in 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show is an extraordinary event -...

 
 
London Events 2014

Discover the best of London's entertainment this year with our comprehensive guide to 2014's top events. From theatre to art and music to sport, London in 2014 has something for everyone - so read on to find out what London town has to offer.

 
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Hotels near Royal Hospital Chelsea

Near Royal Hospital Chelsea
Draycott Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £140  38% off
26 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 | 8 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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   from £41  31% off
7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W | 8 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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
 
 
 
No.11 Cadogan Gardens
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £144  24% off
11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 | 9 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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
 
 
 
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Alternative Historic Buildings nearest Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Brompton Oratory
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 17 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Built in 1884, in the Italianate Baroque style, the Brompton Oratory is an exact imitation of the Church of the Gesu in Rome and sports some ... More
 
 
 
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St Peter's Church, Eaton Square
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
119 Eaton Square, Belgravia, London SW1W | 17 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
St Peter's was built by Hakewill in 1827 and later enlarged by Blomfield in 1875. Rebuilt and opened in 1992, following a fire in 1987, it ... More
 
 
 
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Westminster Cathedral
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 20 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Not to be confused with Westminster Abbey, the nearby Westminster Cathedral in Victoria is London's only example of neo-Byzantine architecture, described by the poet John Betjeman ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Royal Hospital Chelsea

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Royal Hospital Chelsea
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Saatchi Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Duke of York's Square, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 5 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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Proud Chelsea
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
161 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 7 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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Purple Dragon
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Grosvenor Waterside, 30 Gatliff Road, Pimlico, London SW1W | 8 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Purple Dragon is a dream playground, kindergarten, day nursery and private members' for kids. Relocated from its original location in Battersea, the exclusive club occupies ... More
 
 
 
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Near Royal Hospital Chelsea
Ends Today
Dr. Harold Edgerton: Abstractions
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 31st July and 1st August 2014 at 10.30am-6pm & 2nd August 2014 at 10.30am-5pm
Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3 | 7 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
An exhibition featuring a rare selection of vintage black and white prints from the Dr Harold Edgerton Estate....More
 
 
 
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Proms Saturday Matinee 1: Armonia Atenea: Greek Myths
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 3pm-4.30pm
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X | 9 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
The Greek orchestra, conducted by George Petrou, performs Handel's Alessandro Overture, Hasse's Artemisia Sinfonia, Paisiello's Olimpiade 'E'mi Lasci Cosi?', 'Ne' Giorni Tuoi Felici' and 'Sciologli, oh ...More
 
 
 
Ends Today
Photography Summer Show
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 31st July and 1st August 2014 at 10am-6pm & 2nd August 2014 at 11am-5pm
Stephanie Hoppen, 17 Walton Street, SW3 | 13 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
A diverse exhibition featuring works by Suzanne Jongmans, David Chow, Helen Lyon, Paulette Tavormina and Seamus Ryan....More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Royal Hospital Chelsea

Near Royal Hospital Chelsea
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal Court Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Sloane Square, Belgravia, London SW1W | 8 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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, Belgravia, London SW1X | 9 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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The Boisdale Jazz & Cigar Club
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, Victoria, London SW1W | 14 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
A tartan clad jazz, cigar and supper club, Boisdale of Belgravia has an the old fashioned charm of a gentlemen's club. Situated in an elegant Regency ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Royal Hospital Chelsea

The best shops and markets near Royal Hospital Chelsea
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L'Artisan du Chocolat
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
89 Lower Sloane Street, Belgravia, London SW1W | 5 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Highly acclaimed chocolate shop with a range of freshly prepared, uniquely flavoured treats. Ever tried lapsang souchong flavoured chocolate? How about Sichuan pepper or red wine and ... More
 
 
 
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Partridges
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
2-5 Duke of York Square, King's Road, Knightsbridge, London SW34LX | 5 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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
 
 
 
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Reiss
London > Shopping > Clothing
114-116 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 5 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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Foxtrot Oscar
London > Restaurants >
79 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 2 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Foxtrot Oscar is the ultimate Sloane hangout. Overworked city gents, ladies who have had too much lunch to face cooking dinner, and those who can afford ... More
 
 
 
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Gordon Ramsay
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
68 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 3 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Gordon Ramsay's level of celebrity has reached such a fever pitch that it has become very nearly impossible to get a table at the small restaurant ... More
 
 
 
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The Surprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
6 Christchurch Terrace, SW3 | 3 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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Education near Royal Hospital Chelsea

Near Royal Hospital Chelsea
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Royal College of Art, Dyson Building
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Hester Road, SW11 | 12 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
The £21 million Dyson Building makes up the largest part of the purpose-built Battersea campus of the prestigious Royal College of Art. Located at 1 Hester ... More
 
 
 
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 22 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
There are plenty of initiatives trying to get kids involved in science, but the Dana Centre, an extension of the Science Museum, is the first one ... More
 
 
 
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 32 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Hospital Chelsea gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Chelsea Physic Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London SW3 | 5 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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Lush Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
123 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | 6 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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Battersea Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London SW11 | 9 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Situated on the south side of the Thames, facing Chelsea, Battersea Park caters for everyone within its 200-acre space. Firstly, there's lots of water - ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Royal Hospital Chelsea

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The Surprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
6 Christchurch Terrace, SW3 | 3 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
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The Phoenix
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
23 Smith Street, Chelsea, SW3 | 4 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
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The Orange Public House & Hotel
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London SW1W | 7 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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Nightlife near Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Chelsea clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Barts
London > Nightlife > Bars
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 | 10 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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, South Kensington, London SW3 | 14 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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
 
 
 
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Dusk
London > Nightlife > Bars
339 Battersea Park Road, SW11 | 17 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
Swish, Battersea "style bar" with Oriental decadence and award-winning cocktails. Escape the clamour of West End clubs with this out-of-town, style bar alternative. High standards, a ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Royal Hospital Chelsea

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Royal Hospital Chelsea.
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 | Same location as Royal Hospital Chelsea
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
National Army Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, Chelsea, London SW3 | 1 minute from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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 | 5 minutes from Royal Hospital Chelsea
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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Proms Saturday Matinee 1: Armonia Atenea: Greek Myths
Concerts | On 2nd August 2014 

Cadogan Hall 9 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

The Greek orchestra, conducted by George Petrou, performs Handel's Alessandro Overture, Hasse's Artemisia Sinfonia, Paisiello's Olimpiade 'E'mi Lasci Cosi?', 'Ne' ...More

Eric Ranzoni Blues Band
Concerts | Until 27th September 2014 

Boisdale Of Belgravia 14 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

The London-based pianist and singer-songwriter plays blues with his backing band....More

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
Exhibitions | Until 15th March 2015 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 17 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution ...More

 
Pure Pacha
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 2nd August 2014 

Pacha 18 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

Italy's Congorock and Felix Cartal spin dance and house....More

Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
Theatre | Until 19th December 2015 

Victoria Palace Theatre 19 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award 2013. This tale of a boy from a mining community who wants ...More

 
Illustrations Of A Curious Nature: Talk
Exhibitions | Until 4th August 2014 

Natural History Museum 20 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

Discover more about the strange works in the Museum's library....More

Pete Tiger Sheppard Ensemble
Concerts | Until 6th September 2014 

Le QuecumBar 21 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

The guitarist and his band performs Gypsy jazz....More

Nathaniel Facey
Concerts | On 2nd August 2014 

606 Club 22 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Touch And Feel Handling Activities
Kids Events | Until 30th August 2014 

Royal Mews 24 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

Explore objects from the handling collection and design a new livery for Albert the Coachman....More

Buckingham Palace Tickets - Summer Opening
Buckingham Palace Tickets - Summer Opening
Tours | Until 28th September 2014 

Buckingham Palace 24 minutes walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal ...More

 
 
 
 
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