140 Fulham Road
140 Fulham Road
As well as being the heart of ‘swinging London’ in the 70s, Chelsea has always been a stomping ground for London’s rich and famous, and it remains so today. The Manor of Chelsea was home to some of Henry VIII’s wives as well as other well-known historic figures and Sir Thomas More was a resident of Beaufort House. The churchyard of Chelsea Old Church is littered with household names from over the centuries. It has also always been a popular quarter with artists and musicians - once home to the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley - and the pre-Raphaelite movement was strongly linked with the ultra-desirable Cheyne Walk and Cheyne Row, near Chelsea Harbour.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea, built by Christopher Wren and founded in 1682 as a home for former soldiers, is a beautiful building, set in extensive and impressive grounds and remains home to ‘the Chelsea pensioners’ to this day. The area has some of the most impressive and sought-after property in London; street after crescent of grand, stucco-fronted properties, garden squares and elegant townhouses. This, combined with its ideal location on the river and proximity to central London, its interesting boutiques, world class restaurants and generous green open spaces, makes it easy to understand why Chelsea is one of the most popular corners of the capital.
The Strutt & Parker offices on Cadogan Street, SW3 and an office on Fulham Road SW10 cover the whole of the area between them. They have all types houses and flats for sale and to let in Chelsea, from one-bedroom apartments to vast townhouses and everything in between. Many of the properties’ freeholds are owned by private individuals and trusts, including The Wellcome Trust, Cadogan Estate and South Kensington Estates.
One of Chelsea’s biggest selling points is its fantastic shopping opportunities; Sloane Square, Kings Road, Sloane Street and Fulham Road to name but a few hotspots. Independent and specialist shops abound; there is a wealth of luxury furniture stores, antique shops, fashion boutiques. You are never more than a few minutes from some of the loveliest shops in London. Venture to Chelsea Farmer’s Market on Sydney Street – not, in fact, a market – for more independent businesses and restaurants; a lovely place to wander around and relax.
Chelsea is blessed with a number of green spaces, including Battersea Bridge Gardens, Chelsea Embankment Gardens and Royal Hospital Chelsea, used for the Chelsea Flower Show. It also, of course, stretches along the banks of the River Thames. There are also many places of interest to while away a relaxed afternoon, including Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanical garden, Chelsea Town Hall, home to the Chelsea Public Library and some historically important frescos, and the Saatchi Gallery, a hint to Chelsea’s artistic credentials.
The area is renowned for its nightlife - lively but civilised - with lots of highly rated restaurants, bars and clubs, frequented by a young crowd.
Chelsea Football Club plays home matches at Stamford Bridge, a stadium which is located on the western edge of Chelsea, near Fulham Broadway.
Our Chelsea teams recommend the following:
The Phene, an ultra-stylish bar and excellent eatery, and The Surprise, a cosy pub with fireplaces and sofas, boasting its own invention: ‘British Tapas’.
The world renowned Chelsea Flower Show, which takes over the gardens of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for 5 days each May, attracting some 550 exhibitors and over 150,000 visitors.
La Famiglia, an authentic and exceptional Italian restaurant on Langton Street, which has been feeding Chelsea residents for 35 years.
Kings Road is Chelsea’s main shopping street, running from Sloane Square, at the eastern side of Chelsea, all the way into Fulham, where it leads into New Kings Road. Its name derives from its original use; as a private road for King Charles II, leading to St James’ Palace. In the 60s, it was a centre for alternative culture but today it’s filled with luxury shops and boutiques, as well as popular pubs and restaurants. There is a weekly farmers’ market on a Saturday, bringing together a fantastic range of gastronomic delights from all over the world - a great place to refuel after a morning’s shopping, or a visit to the Saatchi Gallery.
Sloane Square is an attractive and prestigious square situated at the eastern end of Kings Road and the southern end of Sloane Street. Its leafy centre has a Grade II listed fountain as its centre piece, while luxury shops, popular bars and restaurants occupy the ground floors of the stunning buildings which line the square. Sloane Square is also home to the very well-known and successful department store, Peter Jones, and the only tube station in Chelsea.
Of the many excellent private schools in the area, Hill House Prep School – where Prince Charles went – and Garden House School are among the favoured.
And budding students are more than catered for at Kensington & Chelsea College, which offers around 900 full- and part-time and evening courses.
Other well reputed schools include Cameron House, GEMS Hampshire School and Falkner House.
For a more comprehensive list of schools in the area we recommend the Good Schools Guide.
Although not inundated with tube stations, Chelsea is still very well connected. Sloane Square station on the District and Circle lines provides very easy access to Victoria and the City. Other nearby stations include Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line), South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines) and Fulham Broadway (District line), which is used by residents of West Chelsea. Consultations are underway for a Chelsea tube station, as part of Crossrail 2, which would be located on Kings Road. Imperial Wharf and West Brompton stations provide access to the London Overground, and some mainline trains.
There are around 15 bus routes serving Chelsea, most of which go further in to central London and many of which run along Sloane Street or Kings Road, providing a useful means of getting around within Chelsea itself.
Chelsea is fantastically located for enjoying the river, and is just a stones’ throw from the hustle and bustle of central London, whilst benefiting from a great selection of shops, bars, restaurants and other attractions in its own right.