Chelsea, part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has long been considered one of the most desirable areas of London in which to live and has also been considered a great tourist destination. With a central London location, great shops and lively nightlife, and plenty of daytime activities for both adults and children. It’s an ideal place for anyone looking to experience the London lifestyle to the full. Here are our take on 9 interesting things you could be doing in Chelsea.
Whether you're a resident or you were just visiting, living in Chelsea can never be a bore as there are plenty of interesting spots to explore. The National Army Museum is right next to the Chelsea Pensioners at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. It is a fascinating interactive historical guide to the British Army through the Centuries.
As you walk around the several floors there are military vehicles, quotes on walls from soldiers and officers, and do lookout for the QA and RAMC uniforms and photographs. The national army museum is an ideal visiting location for both children and adults who would like to know more about the army's history.
Chelsea garden was established 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in order to grow medicinal plants for local use. This extraordinary garden in London has had a wide-reaching impact around the world over the years.
It is also important to note that, Chelsea Physic Garden is London's oldest botanic garden, containing a unique living collection of around five thousand different edible, useful, and medicinal plants that have changed the world.
The garden is open to the public with events, workshops, and family activities. Visitors at the garden are provided with a tour guide and as they walk through the rustic paths wandering through exotic and familiar plants, flowers and ferns they are able to learn a lot.
For lovers of art Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea is the ideal place to be. It is a gallery for contemporary art and an independent charity opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985. The gallery has a beautiful exhibition space with a lot of powerful artwork on view across five floors. There’s a gift shop on the ground floor where you can purchase some of the artist's work as well as books and posters.
Located in the heart of Chelsea, King's Road easily blends luxury with style. From vibrant, fashionable stores to globally recognised labels, cafés, and restaurants. Kings Road offers an inspirational sanctuary and antidote to the hectic pace of London life. Not to mention the various interior design stores that you can visit. The ideal spot for interior designers if you ask.
King's Road is divided into five main districts identified by particular locally known landmarks or junctions. Wherever you will be you can be sure of a memorable time. Each location has its own feel and mood.
You will never get bored of discovering something fresh. There is also the option of taking the bus or stroll to the 3,000 or so paces from Sloane Square to World's End.
Chelsea has a good number of restaurants where locals and tourists can enjoy fine dining. Whether you're looking to have some lip-smacking quintessential British dishes or perhaps an authentic taste of Bahraini cuisine, there are several spots you can check out. The various spots also have different price ranges hence you won't lack a suitable spot regardless of your budget. Some of these restaurants where you can explore the different cuisines include the following:
Found on Sloane Square, the Royal Court Theatre is a writers’ theatre and promotes up-and-coming writers who are waiting to be ascertained. You will pay £10 as an entrance fee so that you can then explore the premises and maybe enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat in their pop-up bar or cafe.
The Royal Court Theatre features special events throughout the year, so be sure to check their website for what is happening when you will be in Chelsea.
Chelsea and football are the same thing. The well-known Chelsea football club plays their home games at Stamford Bridge and you will spot the club’s colours and crest throughout the area. Tickets to see the Premier League team play can be hard to come across but the stadium is open to tours, where you can see the changing rooms, the pitch, and the well-stocked trophy cabinet.
Tourists and locals can even sleep there too, by booking a room at Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea Football Club - located right in the heart of the Stamford Bridge complex.
The Chelsea flower show is one of the world’s most feted horticultural events is held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every May. The inaugural flower show (then the Great Spring Show), took place in 1862, and the event changed location to the hospital in the early 20th century.
The Chelsea Flower Show is featured on the royal calendar, and if you like to keep up with changing craze in garden design, this is the same as the runway at Paris Fashion Week. World’s top gardeners compete for awards in five main categories and an array of special awards.
New plants frequently make their first appearance at this show, while older, forgotten varieties make a re-appearance. The show is limited to an attendance of 157,000 people because of the small-ish 11-acre site. So you’ll have to book your ticket as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
The Chelsea embankment is situated between the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the north and Battersea Bridge in the south is a mile-long. Going along the river you will come across captivating views over to the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, and you can escape from the traffic at the chain of gardens, laid out in the 1870s.
Not to mention the different property types you'll come across along the area. From flats, terraced homes, to family homes, you can tell the local builders in Chelsea have what it takes to create your dream home.
Whether you're a resident or you were just visiting, there's plenty of things to do in Chelsea during your free time. Not to mention the other hidden gems not listed above that you're yet to explore. If you were wondering how to spend your free time after work, or your weekends, going through this list will leave you with a bunch of things to do!
Clara is a blogger at Proficiency. She has a background about extensions, conversions and interior design.