What to see in Chelsea, London [Complete Guide]

Today I will take you on a walk through Chelsea, the richest district in London and by default in England. Nowadays it is the meeting place of the famous and rich, but Chelsea has undergone many transformations over the years. Initially it was a fishing village (can you imagine that?) Then in the 80's it was the meeting place of punk people with colorful ridges, which crowded the central boulevard "King's Road". It wasn't long before the neighborhood became more welcoming, being stormed by ladies in mini skirts, and today it is the neighborhood of celebrities and the showcase of the latest trends. So Chelsea is a mix of many influences, worth discovering.

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What to see and do in Chelsea tourist key information in 2021 ✏️

Nearest Tube Station: Sloane Square Tube Station and South Kensington Station
Best Accommodation options in Chelsea: Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea [Economy] San Domenico House [Superior] Draycott Hotel [Luxury] 
The best tourist attractions in Chelsea , prices in 2021: National Army Museum [Free], Chelsea Physic Garden [9.50£], Carlyle's House museum [8.50£]
Chelsea in 3 words: Famous tourist attraction, Trendy & fashionable neighborhood, small village feel
Others neighborhood to visit around Chelsea: Belgravia, Pimlico, Kensington

Sloane Square is one of London's most elegant squares and the reference point for a visit to Chelsea. It is easy to fall in love with it due to the historical statue from 1953 that embodies Venus and all the remarkable buildings around: The Royal Court Theatre, "The Botanist" restaurant and the chain of famous shops, including the great brand "Peter Jones" which offers an exclusive experience of Shopping in Chelsea.

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Sloane-Square-Chelsea-London-photos

One of the most popular streets in Chelsea is Pavilion Road. It is a pedestrian boulevard, easily recognizable due to its colorful flags and the relaxing, holiday-style atmosphere. Here is the shopping district for the rich and famous, looking for unique crafts in small independent shops and gourmet delicacies in artisan shops. 

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Pavilion-Road-Chelsea-London

Pavilion-Road-Chelsea-London

I found the most beautiful buildings in Chelsea, on Draycott Avenue. A long row of Edwardian-style houses, restored to the last detail, depicting the greatness of luxury from that era. If you are curious about the price, such a house costs over £2.5 million.

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Draycott-Avenue-Chelsea-London-review


Do you want to take some pictures with the colorful houses of London, without the crowds? Then go to Chelsea on "Lincoln Street" & "Bayswater street", you will find something similar to the streets in Portobello, but better. 
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Chelsea-colorful-houses-London

Chelsea-colorful-houses-London

For a good beer in a traditional & historical Pub I recommend "Chelsea Potter". It's the only place I found without charging "the service" (ie mandatory tip) on Kings Road. Don't forget it's the celebrity neighborhood so the prices are on top. £8.00 for a bottle, so be prepared! 

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Chelsea-Potter-review-London

Next we walked a bit on Kings Road, the central boulevard of the neighborhood, associated with the style of the '60s and fashion figures like Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood. King's Road is still the center of fashion in London, with exclusive, luxury shops and real Antiques. Unfortunately, the narrow sidewalk makes the area very crowded and tiring, but even so it is one of the most sophisticated streets in London.

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Kings-Road-review-Chelsea-London

Kings-Road-review-Chelsea-London

When we got tired of so many glittering shops, crowds and noise, we entered "Golfrey street" & "Burnsall Street" to see the residential part of the neighborhood. It's pretty, with lots of vegetation, vines hanging on the walls, bicycles leaning against the fence and winding alleys that give me the feeling of a picturesque village.

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Chelsea-Neighbourhood-London-to-see

Chelsea-Neighbourhood-London-to-see

St Luke's Church is well known for the fact that many celebrities and big names, including Charles Dickens & Robert Gill, chose to have their weddings here. It is a beautiful church, in Gothic style, from 1836, which reminds me of Notre Dame. Maybe you will recognize the church from the movie "1001 Dalmatians" (1996) which presents frames with it.

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As I said, "Chelsea Flower show" is one of the most anticipated and loved events in London. It takes place every spring. I haven't had a chance to attend yet, so I settled for "Chelsea garden center", a paradise for flower lovers with many interesting flower pots, bonsai, garden statues and ingenious fountains.
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Chelsea-garden-Center-London

Chelsea-garden-Center-London

Chelsea-garden-Center-London

"Chelsea farmers market" is not exactly what you would imagine. In the sense that the merchants do not come with the products from the farms, but there are a few houses transformed into organic, vegetable& fruits and artisanal food shops. Wednesday and Saturday it's held a kind of food market with more satisfactory options and Italian Gelato. 

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Chelsea-Farmers-Marker-London

Chelsea-Farmers-Marker-London


Now that I was talking about celebrities, walking down the streets I saw countless blue signs with the name of the artist who once lived there. To my shame, many names were completely unknown to me. I 
found only one house of a celebrity I heard about, and that is "Bob Marley". My heart skipped a beat, because I'm really a big reggae fan!

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The last stop today was at the "Chelsea Embankment gardens", on the banks of the Thames. This is the most expensive part of Chelsea, the river view apartments cost a fortune here. I understand why, because the views are picturesque, many boats and ships, vegetation and abstract buildings rising on the opposite bank, in Battersea. We had a very nice walk by the river, a good way to end the day.

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Chelsea-Embankment- gardens

Chelsea-Embankment- gardens

😍 Have you visited Chelsea in London? 
What`s your favorite place presented in this article? 😍


Thanks for visiting, XoXo, Alice


14 comments:

  1. Good easy read. It is hard for me to pick a favorite place. I loved the photographs of the church, and the residential neighborhoods the most. Wow Bob Marley Lived Here!

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  2. We are planning to get there post-pandemic and your blogs are setting us up for a great vacation!

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  3. I'd really love to go to Chelsea Potter, old pups are my jam!!!! London is on my bucket list <3

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  4. Jackie5:33 AM

    I love Chelsea, the posh feeling of the neighborhood and the shops on King's Road. Thanks for sharing this >:D<

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  5. I have never been in Chelsea but after reading this article, I would love to go, especially to the Chelsea Flower Show! Fingers crossed that I can go one day!!

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  6. Catherine5:40 AM

    I attended a wedding in St Luke Church a couple of years ago. Was magical!!

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  7. All of it looks amazing. Love the doors. But, Chelsea Potter is where you might find me:). I love a good brew.

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  8. Brigitte7:20 AM

    I saved Drycott Avenue for my next photoshoot. It's exactly what I need for street-style fashion. You are great, inspiring me every day. Thanks Alice.

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  9. These are really great pics ! Hmm, I've never been to England before but I would say the shower shop because I love taking pics

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  10. This made me want to get back to London ASAP!!

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  11. I'm ashamed to say that despite not living far from Chelsea I haven't spent much time there. I will definitely be checking these spots out thank you!

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  12. How refreshing to think that of a part of such a busy metropolis can have a small village feel! I did love to see Chelsea through your eyes. I don't believe I ever visited this part of London.

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  13. karletta3:17 AM

    I've been to London a number of times over the years. Not sure if I've visited Chelsea though. I couldn't care less about celebrities BUT the shops and markets look delightful ... perhaps the farmers markets.

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  14. This made me want to go to London even more!

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