Chelsea is one of London’s most desirable and most desired neighbourhoods, often home to beautiful Victorian houses bright, shiny vehicles, beautiful boutiques, awesome antiques and, of course, ‘Sloane Rangers’. Yet, it’s also rather unmissable as an area to discover for fine attractions – especially those that sate the senses – if you’ve made a base for yourself nearby on a London short-break at one of the London hotels near Chelsea…
For fine dining
- Bluebird – during the day eat at their cafe, they have a delicious selection of salads, sandwiches and more filling meals; The Bluebird burger is pretty delicious and in the summer be sure to make full use of the courtyard for drinks and snacks later in the afternoon before heading up for a fancier dinner in the main restaurant
- Big Easy – book as far in advance as possible as they’re booked up practically every day of the week and for good reason; a crab shack fused with American dishes with fantastic cocktails, be prepared for a meaty-crab-feast and try and arrive before 6.30 to make the most of 2-for-1 happy hour
- Kurobruta – one of the most original restaurants on King’s Road, recently opened in the last couple of years you’ll find a fusion of Japanese cuisine that will have you wishing you handed finished all your dishes so quickly
- The Orange Tree – located on Pimlico Road, The Orange Tree is a beautiful modern British restaurant serving up a great selection of food with beautiful light flooding the restaurants and eclectic interiors
- The Ivy Chelsea – a new member to the Ivy family, this one is a little different with a beautiful garden courtyard located off King’s Road; having recently opened they’re fully booked most night for dinner so try earlier in the day for lunch if you’re keen to check it out and sit out in the garden.
For a drink
- Chelsea Farmers Market – on a sunny weekend afternoon the Chelsea Farmers will be buzzing and packed with a crowd eager to finish their jug of Pimm’s; it’s the perfect hang out for an afternoon drink if you’re staying nearby at the likes of accommodation in Chelsea London
- The Phene – a sophisticated yet laid-back pub-cum-bistro that boasts a beautiful little courtyard and a great cocktail list, they also serve food in the restaurant but it comes well recommended as mainly a location for imbibing
- Raffles – if you’re looking for a place to dance the night away, then this stylish venue should certainly serve its purpose (if, that is, you’re willing to shell out half a week’s salary for a table or know a promoter working the night!)
To see and do
- Saatchi Gallery – free for all comers and home to an awesome collection of interesting exhibitions or instalments frequently changing throughout the year
- The Curzon cinema – head to the Curzon for an arty, foreign or old movie with the occasional blockbuster; delightful little cinema if you’re seeking one out during a stay at Chelsea hotels
- King’s Road shops (and more) – there’s any number of supreme retail establishments that line the King’s Road and the surrounding area; yes, here’s a collection worth visiting, all right, what with Heidi Klein for swimwear, Sandro, Zadig and Voltaire and Cosfor beautiful, good quality clothing. There’s also a huge Peter Jones (one of the John Lewis chain) on Sloane Square or a large Zara branch on Duke of York Square that always have everything you need.