Known for being one of London’s hotspots for fine dining and luxurious shopping, Chelsea is one of the most upmarket districts in the city. Perhaps you’re already familiar with the area thanks to a certain reality TV show, but in its own right, here are seven reasons you should get lost in Chelsea.
Get some fresh air at the Duke of York Square
Located just a few moments away from Sloane Square Station, the Duke of York Square is the perfect location to indulge in a spot of shopping. Or if you prefer, treat yourself to a pamper session and get a blow dry from Kate Middleton’s alleged favourite salon, Richard Ward. Loved by locals and celebrities alike, the chic shopping area will not disappoint with its selection of high-end shops.
Admire art at the Saatchi Gallery
If you love nothing better than getting lost in contemporary art, make sure you pay a visit to the Saatchi Gallery. With over 70,000 square feet of space, there are always plenty of exhibitions to explore, and the programme changes on a regular basis so there’s always something new to check out. The gallery makes it its mission to showcase unknown, young artists, giving them a platform for exposure.
The rainbow houses on Bywater Street
An Instagrammer’s paradise, Bywater Street is an absolute must-visit if you’re in the area. The colourful houses (which can be found in other up-market areas of London, such as Notting Hill and Primrose Hill) are each worth several million pounds and are located just a few minutes away from the bustling shops and restaurants.
The King’s Road eateries
Whether you’re looking for a quaint little brunch spot or a sophisticated restaurant, you’ll be spoilt for choice with SW3’s selection of fine eateries. The Bluebird and Tom’s Kitchen are popular with locals and always have a buzzing atmosphere. Other top places to eat in Chelsea include Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, Polpo and Rabbit.
Dine at the Ivy Garden
Rub shoulders with A-listers and enjoy a sophisticated dining experience at Ivy Garden. Probably the most famous eatery in Chelsea, the iconic restaurant can be found on the King’s Road and consists of a main dining area, a terrace and garden area, orangery and café. Sit back and absorb the decadent furnishings and plush interior, while perusing the menu, which boasts a variety of luxurious dishes; mains range from £15–£40.
Indulge in some shopping on the King’s Road
Being one of the most luxurious areas in London, it’s no surprise the area boasts a large selection of designer shops. However, if your budget is limited, you can also find an interesting selection of boutiques and independent stores to satisfy your shopping urges. It’s the perfect location just to window-shop by simply meandering along this famous road, taking in the area and its charm.
Walk along Chelsea Embankment
If you enjoy nothing better than enjoying the sights, take a leisurely stroll along the Thames and admire the stunning views of London that Chelsea Embankment offers, particularly at nighttime when the lights illuminate the city.