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*'''Refresh Accommodation''', - Situated along Sydney street in chelsea.  The serviced apartment agency has over 1,000 serviced apartments located within Chelsea and South West London.  Some of their apartments are located in Rosary Gardens, SW7.  For further information on the location of serviced apartments try visiting [http://www.refreshaccommodation.com] or email [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]] - Refresh Accommodation can be contacted on 08456800080
 
*'''Refresh Accommodation''', - Situated along Sydney street in chelsea.  The serviced apartment agency has over 1,000 serviced apartments located within Chelsea and South West London.  Some of their apartments are located in Rosary Gardens, SW7.  For further information on the location of serviced apartments try visiting [http://www.refreshaccommodation.com] or email [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]] - Refresh Accommodation can be contacted on 08456800080
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* <sleep name="Holiday Inn Oxford" alt="" address=" 57-59 Welbeck Street" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Clean and affordable hotel in central London.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Wyndham Grand London" address="Wyndham Grand London, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XG" phone="+44 20 7823 3000" email="[email protected]"
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>London's only 5-star luxury all-suite hotel with 154 suites and 6 penthouses. The Hotel is located in Chelsea Harbour London near to the M4 motorway. The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway which is just a 10 minute walk away. Awarded a Rosette and it has been voted as 'Best for Breakfast'; 'Best Views' and 'Best Sunday Brunch' by readers of Square Meal Magazine.</sleep>
  
 
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Revision as of 16:12, 11 July 2008

For other places with the same name, see Chelsea (disambiguation).

Chelsea is an affluent and enduringly fashionable area of West London noted for its shopping (Sloane Square and the King's Road), restaurants and historical associations. It is also the location each spring of the renowned Chelsea Flower Show [2].

Understand

Chelsea is a extensive riverside area of London that extends broadly from Sloane Square in the east to the World's End public house in the west and down to the River Thames Embankment. The King's Road marks the main thoroughfare of Chelsea.

History

Chelsea's modern reputation as a centre of innovation and influence originated in a period during the 19th century when the area became a veritable Victorian artists' colony: artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, J.M.W. Turner, James McNeill Whistler, William Holman Hunt and John Singer Sargent, as well as writers such as George Meredith, Algernon Swinburne, Leigh Hunt and Thomas Carlyle all lived and worked here. A particularly large concentration of artists existed in the area around Cheyne Walk (pronounced Chey-nee) and Cheyne Row, where the pre-Raphaelite movement had its heart.

Following the Second World War Chelsea, like many other formerly prosperous areas became rather run down and poor. It became prominent once again as an artistic centre, Bohemian district and hotspots for young professionals in the 1960s. The Americans called this period "Swinging London" and the King's Road became the definition of style and fashion and both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones lived in the neighbourhood. In the 1970s, the "World's End" area of the King's Road was home to Vivienne Westwood's shop ("Sex"), and witnessed the genesis of Punk music and style with many Mohawks to be seen on the road against the background of the closed down shops. Thereafter, working class youth culture was priced out towards the fringes of Camden, Islington, Ladbroke Grove, Brixton and Brick Lane. The 1980s saw the rise of the Sloane (archetypally Princess Diana) and the Mohawks gave was to twin set pearls, pink Polo shirts and what a Yank would call a preppry. Chelsea seems to have settled into stylish affluence and aspiration and although the 'Hooray Henries' do not try to stand out, their loud braying voices, youth and wealth are quite exceptional. They can be seen here in their natural habitat particularly on school holidays when they return from their boarding schools and all stay at a friends house, on the "King's Road, mate".

Get in

See

  • Albert Bridge [3]
  • Carlyle's House [4], 24 Cheyne Row. Now preserved by the National Trust [5], this 18th century house was the home of the historian Thomas Carlyle from 1834 and now houses a museum dedicated to his life and work
  • Chelsea Old Church[6] and Roper's Garden, Cheyne Walk
  • Chelsea Physic Garden [7], Swan Walk
  • Cheyne Walk
  • the King's Road
  • the National Army Museum [8], Royal Hospital Road
  • the Royal Hospital [9], Royal Hospital Road
  • Sloane Square

Do

  • Chelsea Football Club See the former English Premier League champions ply their trade at their famous stadium, Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, under the watchful eye of Portuguese coach Phil Scolari, have gone from English football's nearly men to a sublime team which are one of the best teams in the world. Star players such as Didier Drogba, Joe Cole, John Terry and Frank Lampard will be joined in the 2006/07 season by German maestro Michael Ballack, the highest paid footballer in the world.
  • Royal Court Theatre [10], Sloane Square

Buy

The King's Road is one of London's smartest fashion streets, having evolved from the cutting-edge of bohemia and innovative fashion in the 60s to a more genteel place to indulge in retail therapy, albeit with a notable presence of trendy young Londoners (including many Sloane Rangers). It is a very attractive street that retains the atmosphere of a small town whilst being in the heart of a huge city. There is a huge range of fashion stores from upmarket chains to one-off boutiques, as well as variety of other shops, complimented by cafés, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. There is an obvious affluence to the road without any of the bling or snobbiness of nearby Sloane Street. The two converge at Sloane Square which is a busy, traffic-bound interchange (Chelsea's tube station is here), but a sit under the trees in warmer months remains pleasant. King's Road stretches south-west from here for miles, though the best of the shopping is in the first mile. The Duke of York Square shopping complex has a range of spacious branches of popular fashion chains, but lacks some of the road's character, however the small adjoining public space of Duke of York square is a welcome place for a rest between shopping, and a popular place to hang out.

Eat

Gastropubs in Chelsea. All these pubs charge about the same and the quality is more or less the same too.

Pigs Ear (Old Church Street) Phoenix (Smith Street) Builders Arms (Britten Street) Coopers Arms (Flood Street) Admiral Codrington (Mossop Street)

Budget

  • Chelsea Kitchen, 98 King’s Road. 8AM-11:45PM daily. The Chelsea Kitchen is inexpensive, serving a variety of hearty dishes. Epitome of ‘cheap eats.’ - The Chelsea Kitchen has unfortunately closed...
  • La Nuova Delizia, 63-65 Chelsea Manor Street. Open noon-midnight daily. Quaint Italian bistro offers 18 different pizzas, three risottos, various pasta dishes, gnocchi and other traditional Italian entrees. It’s top-notch food at a great value.
  • The Pig's Ear, 35 Old Church Street. [11]. The Pig’s Ear is a lively, old-world style pub/restaurant on Old Church Street. Acclaimed bistro fare and a wide selection of wines by the glass.

Splurge

  • Aubergine, 11 Park Walk. +44 020 7352 3449. Dinner: M-Sa 7:00PM-11:00PM, Lunch: M-Fr 12:00PM-2:30PM. [12]. A venerable star on the London restaurant scene, Aubergine continues to delight as much-admired chef William Drabble works his magic in the kitchen, creating a superlative menu of modern French cuisine. The charming, urbane décor of the dining room affords a pleasing milieu for enjoying dishes such as poached lobster tail on smooth cauliflower purée, lamb with a salty olive jus and sweet ratatouille-style sauce, quail with sweetbreads and foie gras, roast John Dory with mussels, savoy cabbage, cauliflower and parsley sauce and poached peaches with lemon verbena – to name but a tasty few. A gastronomic joy.

Tom's Kitchen - Populist spot for Tom Aikens's aptly named restaurant, albeit certainly in the "Splurge" category, the fish and chips make it certainly worth the difficulty getting reservations and the rather high cost.

Drink

Henry J Beans- 195 - 197 Kings Road, Chelsea London SW3 5ED tel:0207 352 9255. The biggest and best beer garden in London. Burger and Rib shack menu, showing American sports.

Chelsea Potter - 119 Kings Road, Chelsea London SW3 4PL. First pub when walking away from Sloane Square tube stop. Traditional Pub fare, but when warm outside, best people watching spot around. Also, Aussie and Kiwi barmen solidify the awesome environment here.

Coopers Arms - 87 Flood Street, Chelsea London SW3 5TB. Great pints, including Peroni on tap. Best Sunday Roast around, and more of a gastropub than a traditional pub.

The Phoenix - 23 Smith St, Chelsea London SW3 4EE. Great pints, tremendous place for a pint on a sunny day - be sure to grab one of the outdoor tables and enjoy a cool pint on a hot day here (when not raining in London).

Sleep

  • Jury's Inn. Jurys Inn is an affordable Hotel of one of the better hotel chains. All rooms are ensuite and large by london standards. £79.
  • Refresh Accommodation, - Situated along Sydney street in chelsea. The serviced apartment agency has over 1,000 serviced apartments located within Chelsea and South West London. Some of their apartments are located in Rosary Gardens, SW7. For further information on the location of serviced apartments try visiting [13] or email [email protected] - Refresh Accommodation can be contacted on 08456800080
  • Holiday Inn Oxford, 57-59 Welbeck Street. Clean and affordable hotel in central London.
  • Wyndham Grand London, Wyndham Grand London, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XG, +44 20 7823 3000 (), [1]. London's only 5-star luxury all-suite hotel with 154 suites and 6 penthouses. The Hotel is located in Chelsea Harbour London near to the M4 motorway. The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway which is just a 10 minute walk away. Awarded a Rosette and it has been voted as 'Best for Breakfast'; 'Best Views' and 'Best Sunday Brunch' by readers of Square Meal Magazine.

Entertainment

City Butterflies, - Legal incall escort services in Chelsea. If you are looking for a lady to escort you at a business meeting or a corporate party - you can always choose from over a hundred female profiles. For further information please visit Chelsea escorts page or email to [email protected] for inquiries

Contact

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