What have Mick Jagger, Oscar Wilde and William Turner in common?
They all have made Chelsea their home. Find out why Chelsea has long been one of the most desirable addresses in London
Chelsea has long been one of the most desirable addresses in London, thanks to its exclusive streets and glamorous boutiques, bars and bistros. The area is also family friendly, with some of the best schools in the city, such as Sussex House, Knightsbridge School and More House School, all on its doorstep. Chelsea real estate is therefore a very exciting prospect, and it’s no surprise that Mick Jagger, Oscar Wilde and William Turner are just a few in the long list of illustrious residents who have made the area their home over the years.
There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to dining out in Chelsea. Indulge in oysters and champagne at Bibendum; housed in the magnificent Michelin Building on Fulham Road, the restaurant’s surroundings are almost as exquisite as the food. Daphne’s on Draycott Avenue is the perfect option for an alfresco lunch on a sunny day or a cosy meal by the fire in winter; the venue’s seasonal Tuscan cuisine and relaxed atmosphere have also made it very popular amongst locals. With its outside tables and burgundy awnings, brasserie Colbert brings a parisian feel to south west London, and the restaurant’s prime location in Sloane Square makes it one of the best places for breakfast in Chelsea.
Described by poet John Betjeman as ‘one of the beauties of the London river’, Chelsea Embankment’s Albert Bridge is a spectacular sight at night, when it is illuminated by glittering lights. Equally iconic is the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and founded in 1682 as a retreat for war veterans. The Royal Hospital is now home to the famous Chelsea pensioners and at its most splendid in late spring, when it plays host to the renowned Chelsea Flower Show. A lesser known gem is 19th century St Luke’s Church on Sydney Street, which is well worth a visit due to its exemplary Neo-Gothic architecture.
Chelsea is situated within five minute’s walk of the fabulous Victoria & Albert Museum and the fascinating Natural History Museum. Anyone with an interest in football will want to visit Stamford Bridge; the stadium is home to the world famous Chelsea FC and visitors can partake in a tour of the grounds as well as learn about the team’s illustrious history in an onsite museum. Contemporary art is rarely better represented than at the Saatchi Gallery, home to groundbreaking exhibitions from the world’s most promising new artists.
Chelsea is virtually synonymous with shopping. Try Walton Street for bespoke jewellery designers, charming babywear and a variety of children’s brands, or head to King’s Road for a mix of high street and high end stores like Kooples, Maje and Reiss. Those in search of designer labels like Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton should pay a visit to Sloane Street, or travel the short distance to Harrods in Knightsbridge, home to every label worth knowing.
With demand constantly outstripping availability, Chelsea is the ideal location for potential investors looking for luxury houses in London. For expert guidance on real estate in the area, visit the Engel & Völkers website or head into our local shop, which is ideally located on the Brompton Road.