Welcome to Chelsea
Chelsea’s townhouses, penthouse apartments and elegant mews houses have always attracted those in search of a prestigious address. A well-heeled, international crowd snap up properties alongside young professionals and families to create that much sought-after sense of community. Green spaces, riverside eateries, period properties and a flourishing foodie scene all come together to provide Chelsea residents with a decidedly luxe lifestyle.
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World class retailers
Glittering boutiques from Cartier, Tiffany, Prada, Bvlgari and Dior make Sloane Street the place for high-end shopping
Famous writers A.A Milne, Quentin Crisp and Agatha Christie have all called Chelsea home.
The iconic Grade II-listed Michelin House was built as the original tyre company’s headquarters. It now houses two Michelin Starred-Bibendum, which is named after the iconic mascot perched on the building’s exterior.
Chic and stylish is very much the theme that connects the area’s bars, restaurants and boutiques. Though the attractions in the surrounding area might make it difficult to tear yourself away, Sloane Square’s Underground Station opens up wider London via the Circle and District Lines. Victoria Station is just one stop (or a stroll) away, easily connecting Chelsea residents to other transport hubs such as Gatwick Airport, or cities across the South East.
The amenities in Chelsea are as much of an attraction as the area’s properties themselves. Much, of course, is made about the affluent area of Sloane Street and the King’s Road, with their many dazzling boutiques, but the schooling also bears scrutiny. Families pick up homes in Belgravia, Burton Court and Cadogan Square to gain access to Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding schools’, such as Christ Church CofE Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. Waterside amenities attract attention from visitors and locals alike, although there are plenty that nod to Chelsea’s green roots and botanical themes. Annual events, regular art exhibitions and an ever-changing food scene ensure no weekend in Chelsea need ever be the same.
The best of Chelsea: things to do
Not sure where to eat this weekend? Take a stroll along the King’s Road for menus from across the globe. In Chelsea, it’s sometimes easy to let style and location lead the way, but luckily the menus always pass muster.
Rabbit is a rather rustic antidote to the lush stylings of other King’s Road eateries. Vintage, weathered and serving wild, local, foraged and farm-to-table food, dishes are liberally drizzled with truffle butter, and fine dining indulgences are peppered throughout the menu.
Scalini has been heartily feeding Chelsea residents with the finest Italian cuisine for decades and its reputation for good food is second-to-none. With charming decor and impeccable service, it’s a local favourite for good reason - and it’s always worth keeping an eye out for some famous guests too.
Wulf & Lamb
In contrast to its name, Wulf & Lamb offers diners an entirely plant-based experience. Imitating, or perhaps redefining, traditional dishes, you’ll find everything from superfood salads to ultra-indulgent mac and ‘cheese’.
Chelsea’s bar scene is a glittering array of chic spots to enjoy everything from craft beers and cocktails to traditionally pulled pints. Waterside spots and beer gardens alike pull in crowds for a lively night out.
The Surprise is something of a Chelsea institution. Elevated from the simple ‘local’ by the stylings of Isabella Worsley’s design studio, it retains a strong sense of the traditional British pub with chic touches. All in all, it makes an equally splendid spot for a weekday lunch or post-work tipple.
Few can resist the allure of Bluebird Café’s cocktails. Moet, Cointreau, rose syrup and lemon combine perfectly to make their signature ‘Follow the Petals’ drink a hit on the café’s terrace. Coffee, teas and juices also grace the menu, along with wines and beers, but the cocktails are the real treat at this elegant venue
Dropping into the welcoming arms of the oversized Chesterfields on The Waterside’s terrace is an idyllic way to spend an hour or two. Close to Chelsea Harbour and overlooking the River Thames, this bar and kitchen’s wine list sits nicely alongside a hearty menu of pub favourites, beers, cocktails and soft drinks.
It should come as no surprise that art and gardens lead the way among the many things to see in Chelsea. Not green fingered? Not to worry, the Chelsea Physic Garden is as much a place to relax as it is a horticultural haven.
Chelsea Flower Show
For over 100 years the Chelsea Flower Show has been bringing the world’s greatest horticulturists to Chelsea. For five days in May, the Royal Hospital’s grounds come alive with exhibitors, gardeners and blooms of every colour competing for the coveted gold awards. Visit for garden inspiration or to just be wowed by the creativity.
This Grade II-listed gallery on the King’s Road has an ever-changing rotation of exhibitions to view. Providing a platform for artists and making contemporary art accessible to all, the gallery hosts a number of free exhibitions year-round. Perfect for a quick browse - or to pick up a piece or print for your new home.
Chelsea Physic Garden
For a year-round fix of gardens and green space, the beautifully biodiverse Chelsea Physic Garden on the banks of the River Thames is pure escapism. As well as a stroll around the alpines, edibles and pharmaceuticals the garden’s famous for, don’t miss the chance to learn new skills in botany, beekeeping and photography.
In this leafy neighbourhood, spin classes, museum visits and shopping around for pre-loved fashion or antiques get a high-class upgrade, making them even more appealing.
Duke of York Square Market
Living in Chelsea places you on the doorstep of a wealth of foodie experiences, not least the artisanal offerings of the Duke of York Square Market. Every Saturday, from 10am-4pm, open-air stalls ply their locally-produced wares. Tangy sourdoughs, fruity wines and Caribbean condiments all make perfect additions to a picnic basket.
National Army Museum
Spend an afternoon browsing the interactive exhibits at the National Army Museum. The collections dig into everything from why we have an army, to the impact the British Army has had on society as we know it. An engaging museum with passionate volunteers, it’s also a free way to spend a quiet Sunday.
KXU Spin Classes
Just a few minutes’ walk from Sloane Square station, KXU is Chelsea’s social gym with a difference. Spin Classes are set to thumping bass beats, with theatrical light shows and motivational instructors that really push you to beat that PB.
Property in Chelsea
You’ll find plenty of Blue Plaque-adorned properties in Chelsea, alongside many of London’s most prestigious addresses. The diversity of property types here means that there’s something for everyone, from elegant townhouses with access to exclusive gated gardens, to luxurious mansion blocks and new-build riverside apartments.
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People from every walk and stage of life choose to rent in Chelsea, drawn in by its attractive, tree-lined streets, proximity to the river and lively cultural scene. Alongside corporate couples and professional sharers, you’ll find families who have moved for the excellent schools and international students wanting to be close to Imperial College. Properties on a garden square, such as Cadogan Square or Burton Court, are always in high demand, as is anything close to Sloane Square Underground station or the river.
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With its central location and rich history, every square foot of Chelsea is in high demand. Historically home to a well-to-do set, nowadays the area attracts an interesting mix of buyers from all corners of the globe. ‘Old Chelsea’ addresses such as Church Street and Paultons Square are always very popular, as are prime locations such as Chelsea Square and Maresa Road. Houses in the streets close to Sloane Square Underground station - such as Moore Street, Halsey Street and Cadogan Street - attract continual interest. Buyers have to move fast to secure them.
Marsh & Parsons in the Chelsea community
We don’t just sell and let property in London; we’re Londoners too. Engaging with our local communities is at the heart of Marsh & Parsons’ ethos and we have supported local organisations, schools, charities, businesses and community groups over the years.
We are proud to work with schools across London; in Clapham, we are partnered with Macaulay Primary School. We support three of the school’s events across the year.Find out more
Supporting local businesses
We stopped by Penny Blooms and Beans Florists to hear more about bringing the beauty of Chelsea’s famous gardens into people’s homes and spoke with the owners of Meson Don Felipe about tapas, creating a little bit of Spain in the UK, and what they love about Central London.Find out more