9 neighbourhood haunts: unmissable venues in the Chelsea vicinity

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For anyone considering a short-break spent in the Chelsea district of London, then we’d like to think that the hotel San Domenico House would certainly be on your list of potential accommodation, especially we’re located so near many of the best attractions in the Chelsea and Kensington area…

Savour contemporary art at the Saatchi Gallery

(Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road SW3 4RY)

Previously located on the South Bank, the renowned (and free to enter) Saatchi Gallery feels very much at home in Chelsea nowadays, brimming as it is with many an example of world-class modern art, as well as pieces by a slew of up-and-coming British contemporary artists.

Step back in time at the Natural History Museum

(Cromwell Road SW7 5BD)

To be found in one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the capital, the Natural History Museum is one of London’s true family favourites; not least as it features a fantastic dinosaur-dedicated section, a huge collection of perfectly preserved animal specimens and an awesomely engaging – and very entertaining – exhibition space exploring the science behind Earth’s natural history.

Visit the famous-for-being fabulous Phene

(9 Phene Street SW3 5NY)

Well known to UK television viewers thanks to its many appearances in the reality show Made in Chelsea, The Phene is, in fact, far from a naff or clichéd venue; instead, this converted pub is a purple-velveted lounge bar that oozes sophistication with its library-themed dining room, even if the fun terrace has a beach bar feel.

Eat the best of British at Tom’s Kitchen

(27 Cale Street SW3 3QP)

A popular chef in the British zeitgeist, Tom Aiken’s urbane dining room and bar-based establishment is the perfect British dish-serving venue for Chelsea; its brunch and comfort food menus are especially worth checking out – even if you’re staying at one of the 5 star hotels in Knightsbridge.

Bask in cinematic sophistication at the Curzon

(206 King’s Road SW3 5XP)

An arthouse-y playhouse that’s about far more than just screening independent and non-English language pictures (it also plays mainstream movies and classics), it comes complete with über-comfy Pullman seats and a stylish café for a beverage before or after the film.

Delight in the delicacies of the Duke of York Square Market

(80 Duke of York Square SW3 4LY)

Presented by the King’s Road neighbourhood’s much-loved grocer, Partridge’s, this morning-and-afternoon market open on Saturdays (10am-4pm) is a favourite not just with locals but also foodie visitors on the hunt for some delicious well-sourced fresh food.

View the decorative arts at the V&A

(Cromwell Road SW7 2RL)

V&A Museum

The largest venue in the world dedicated to the decorative arts alone, the Victoria and Albert Museum (or V&A, as it’s commonly referred to) is full of a vast array of delicate and rare objects of true beauty, from throughout history and every corner of the globe; not surprising really, its permanent collection houses more than 2.3 million individual items.

Embrace the taste at Kurobuta

(312 King’s Road SW3 5UH)

One of the most enduring restaurants on the King’s Road, this is the place to head for fine Japanese fusion, its wood-panelled surroundings perfectly complementing the small-plate-based goodness of beef fillet tataki, onion ponzi and garlic crisps and so much more.

Take a stroll along Chelsea Embankment

(SW3 4LA)

Just a few steps due south of the King’s Road is the stretch of the River Thames’ north embankment that runs through Chelsea; pleasant and attractive whatever the time of the year, it makes for an especially enjoyable walk on a warm day or a balmy evening as the sun sets.