Chelsea

Posted on: March 21, 2018, by :

Chelsea

Situated in south West London, Chelsea has always been an area, popular with the wealthy since 1694. First record of Chelsea precedes the Domesday book although by 1066, Chelsea is mentioned in the Domesday book as a division of Ossulstone.

The preponderance of the rich and wealthy in the area ensures that the streets are smart with shops, eclectic boutiques, antique shops and world-class restaurants. The shopping is mainly centred along Kings Road with Sloane Square and the fashionable Duke of York Square sitting at the heart of Chelsea.

It is not always primarily a rich and famous area. The area attracts artists and bohemians in equal measure. Artists made Chelsea their homes in the nineteenth century while pop singers and punks homed in on Chelsea in the 1960s and 70s. There just remnants of this exotic past – Vivienne Westwood, designer and doyenne of punk, still has a boutique on Kings Road.

Edginess seems to be a prevalent theme. The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square is proud of its commitment to support the writer, offering them scope to explore provocative themes and subject matter. Over 120,000 people patronise the Royal Court every year. The Saatchi gallery nearby, opened in 2008, is famous for its exhibition of modern, contemporary art. The owner, Charles Saatchi is known for supporting young British artists who later become established names in the art world.

Chelsea Football Club’s home ground is at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea. Founded in 1905, it is one of the wealthiest football club and since 2002, it is owned by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich who is also a Chelsea resident.

Tucked in a corner of Chelsea, is a charming garden known for its collection of medicinal plants and a place to study ethnobotany. The Chelsea Physic Gardens was founded in 1673 and offers workshops and guided tours as part of its education mission.

One of the most arresting buildings in Chelsea is the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a Grade I and II listed building designed by Sir John Soane and Christopher Wren. Founded by King Charles II more than 300 years ago, the hospital is now the retirement home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners. The veterans are from the British Army and recognisable with their scarlet coats and black tricorn hats.