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Life In Chelsea

Well-known for being one of the most popular areas to live in London, Chelsea is home to one of the world's most famous shopping streets and offers high-end homes that attract buyers from across the world. The area offers a fantastic mix of architectural properties, ranging from Georgian houses and Victorian cottages to luxury flats and modern apartments. 

Chelsea is a highly desirable place to stay and offers something for every family member, with many cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as some the best museums, parks, and dining establishments in London. The area is also full of posh designer shops, green spaces and classic architecture that really makes it a dream location for any family. 

 

What We Love About Chelsea 

Some of the most expensive residential districts in the world are found in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Chelsea, famously described as ‘the village of palaces’, is well-known because of the royals and wealthy locals who have lived in the area over the years. 

With a diverse range of shops and fine restaurants, Chelsea locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and shopping options. Visit the theatre at Sloane Square, watch a movie at the King’s Road cinemas or swim, play tennis and rub shoulders with other residents at the famous Chelsea Harbour Club. 

Chelsea has endless places for you to visit! To make things easier to navigate, we've highlighted our top choices for you:

Top 5 Restaurants in Chelsea 

1. Bluebird Café, 350 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU  

Bluebird Café is an institution located on the King’s Road, and is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. You won’t be disappointed.

2. The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ

Not too far from Bluebird Café, you’ll find The Ivy Chelsea Garden, a relaxed, yet sophisticated all-day dining restaurant in the heart of Chelsea. 

3. Daphne's, 112 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AE

Daphne's Italian restaurant is your modern neighbourhood 'local', offering a seasonal menu, located between Chelsea and South Kensington. 
 
4. Enoteca Turi, 87 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8PH

In the mood for Italian? Enoteca Turi is a hidden gem just a stone’s throw from Sloane Square, specialising in authentic regional cuisine. 
 
5. OKA Chelsea, 251 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EL 

Desperate for a salmon dragon roll? How about some tuna tataki? OKA is the place to go to satisfy your sushi cravings. 

Typical Letting Prices: 

On average, the typical letting prices in Chelsea are: 

Studios: Around £250-£350 per week 

One beds: £350 - £700 per week 

Two beds: £450 - £900 per week 

Three+ bed flats: £1,200-£2,000 per week 

Three+ bed houses: £1,500 - £2,500 per week 

Typical Sale Prices: 

On average, the typical selling prices in Chelsea are: 

Studios: £550,000 

One beds: £500,000- £900,000 

Two beds: £900,000-£2,000,000 

Three+ bed flats: £2,000,000 + 

Three+ bed houses: £3,000,000 + 

Fun Facts – To Name But A Few!  

  • Chelsea was known for the infamous Chelsea Bun. These were sold at The Chelsea Bun House during the 18th century, unfortunately the shop was demolished in 1839.  
  • Kings Road derives its name from its previous function as a private road for King Charles II used to travel to Kew and remained private until mid 1800s.  
  • The word ‘Chelsea’ originates from the old English word ‘landing place for chalk or limestone’ – this links back to its trading history. 
  • Known as the borough of artists and once had a reputation as London’s bohemian quarter. For it was the home of artists such as Rossetti and Turner. Chelsea is now home to the Saatchi Gallery which hold a fabulous array of art.  
  • Chelsea in the ‘swinging sixties’ was home to big music names – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger and many more! 
  • CFC (Chelsea Football Club) is a Premier league club and is situated a stone's throw away at the end of the Fulham Road. CFC, along with Arsenal, were one of the first clubs to play with numbered shirts. 
  • Chelsea Flower Show (yearly event) is very popular and draws crowds from all around the UK.  

Our Pick Of Schools 

Kensington and Chelsea have 27 Primary schools in total, all of which are judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. For many you will be required to live within specific postcodes to be eligible. 

  • Garden House is a pre-prep school and is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the Country. Its ethos is focused on nurture and around its moto ‘non sibi sed omnibus’ (not for one for all). For more information, visit https://www.gardenhouseschool.co.uk/. 
  • Hill House is an international primary school which was founded in Switzerland and still holds courses such as French, welcoming pupils from across the world. Its moto is ‘a child’s mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled’. For more information, visit https://hillhouseschool.co.uk/. 
  • Fox School is another prestigious state-funded primary school which is focused upon child experience and values. For more information, visit https://www.fox.rbkc.sch.uk/. 
  • The London Oratory School is a Roman Catholic school which was founded in 1863 and educated boys aged 7-18, and girls in the sixth form classes. For more information, visit https://www.london-oratory.org/. 
  • Francis Holland School is a respected all-girls school and caters from junior to sixth form education, located just off Sloane SquareFor more information, visit https://www.fhs-sw1.org.uk/. 

Transport Links 

Despite not having its own tube station, Chelsea is well connected to the London Underground by nearby stations. The closest tube stations are Sloane Square on the District and Circle lines, and South Kensington on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines, all of which are only a short walk from the area. 

Top 5 Pubs in Chelsea 

  1. The Chelsea Ram, 32 Burnaby St, Chelsea, London SW10 0PL 
  2. The Cross Keys Pub, 1 Lawrence St, Chelsea, London SW3 5NB 
  3. The Phoenix, 23 Smith St, Chelsea, London SW3 4EE 
  4. No 11 Pimlico Road, 11 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NA 
  5. The Builder's Arms13 Britten St, Chelsea, London SW3 3TY 

Best Parks In Chelsea 

  • Coleridge Gardens 
  • Chelsea Physic Garden 
  • Ranelagh Gardens 
  • Lennox Gardens 
  • Egerton Gardens 
  • Chelsea Common 
  • St Luke’s Gardens 
  • Chelsea Embankment Gardens 
  • Westfield Park

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If you'd like to find out more about living in Chelsea, our knowledgeable agents can provide insights on local services, costs and property types, and assist you in finding a place to call home within this popular area. Give us a call on +44 20 3811 7753, or email us at chelseasales@dng.co.uk and we'd be happy to help.