Although outside of the capital, Chelsea is best known for its exceptionally successful Premier League football club, locals of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea area know that this neighbourhood has so much more to offer.
Even the hit TV series Made in Chelsea, which depicts wealthy young people going about their daily lives in this affluent neighbourhood, doesn’t give the full picture of the area. Chelsea is not only financially rich, but equally so in history and culture. The well known high street, King’s Road, was so named after Charles II, and is home to Chelsea Old Town Hall, which contains important frescoes as well as the Chelsea public library.
Sloane Street is renowned for being a premier shopping destination, hosting high end fahion and jewellery boutiques such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Harrods, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
In May, Chelsea springs in to colour for Chelsea in Bloom, around the same time as the annual Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. This takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and is the place to go to see exhibitors show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is equally worth a visit the rest of the year, when you can enjoy a guided tour of the hospital lead by a resident Chelsea Pensioner. You will learn about the intriguing history of the building designed by Sir Christopher Wren, who was also the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The property market also attracts significant attention in Chelsea across all types of accommodation. There are plenty of successful young professionals on the hunt for a one bedroom flat, as well as many wealthy families looking for much larger detached houses. Parents living in the area have access to fantastic schooling for their children, as Chelsea is in the vicinity of many prestigious private schools in London.