Once known as London’s Bohemian quarter, and the hang out of poets, painters, artists and radicals, Chelsea later came to symbolize London’s ‘Swinging Sixties’. The 60’s period had its heart on the King’s Road, which was lined with boutiques and restaurants, and it became the haunt of the ‘beautiful people’, and home to the likes of the Beatles and Rolling Stones. In the 1970s, the World’s End area of the King’s Road housed Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s boutique ‘Sex’, and saw the birth of the Punk movement.
With Chelsea’s ‘Swinging London’ era fame long gone, its factions of punks and hippies have grown into sleek-suited business people stepping out of chic town houses. The area is home to one of the largest communities of Americans living outside the US, with over 6% of the population born in the United States. The King’s Road remains the major artery through Chelsea, bustling with boutiques, restaurants and bars, and Sloane Street, which runs north from Sloane Square towards Knightsbridge, is rapidly catching up with Bond Street as one of London’s premier shopping destinations.
Local Map, Listings & Useful Information
Below is a map of the local area surrounding our Chelsea apartments. Using the categories on the left, you can find lots of useful information about this neighbourhood, such as good local restaurants, museums, supermarkets and gyms.