From the King’s Road to the Royal Court: a guide to Chelsea

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Famous for being one of the most sought-after areas in London when it comes to property, an area of outstanding elegance and architectural beauty (with all its gorgeous Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture) and a location of choice for so many of the movers and shakers and hip young things during the Swinging Sixties, Chelsea – the part of town that’s home to San Domenico House’s luxury suites London – is also a revered area for many visitors eager to seek the best that 21st Century London possesses.

Awesome attractions

Millions of people from every corner of the globe flock to Chelsea each year to check out its myriad – and very varied – attractions, among the most popular and very best are:

• Saatchi Gallery

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

Saatchi Gallery london

Three floors’ worth of outstanding contemporary which, in particular, focuses on providing a platform for artwork by new and emerging homegrown and international talent

• National Army Museum

(Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HT)

National Army Museum London

Seeking to reflect the relatively modern history of the British Army as well as its better known long-term history, this venue has recently opened five new galleries as well as a ‘Play Base’ for eight-year-olds and under

• Royal Hospital Chelsea

(Royal Hospital Road SW3 4SR)

Royal Hospital Chelsea London

Tours of this home for elderly ex-services personnel are possible, but really worth seeing is the c.1820 panorama of the Battle of Waterloo and the large diorama of the Hospital as it originally looked way back in 1742, both located in the entrance hall

• Chelsea Old Church

(‘All Saints’ – 64 Cheyne Walk SW3 5LT)

Chelsea Old Church

Heavily bombed during the WWII Blitz and largely rebuilt to appear as it once did, this Anglican church dates all the way back to the 12th Century and has a strong connection with the legendary Tudor-era figure Thomas More, as well as possessing the most impressive ecclesiastical monuments in London outside of Westminster Abbey

• Carlyle’s House

(24 Cheyne Row SW3 5HL)

Once home to Victorian writer-cum-historian Thomas Carlyle, today this ‘Queen Anne’ terrace house is a National Trust property, its atmospheric rooms preserved, time capsule-like, in their elegantly attractive 19th Century state.

Entertainment options

Revered too for its theatre and live music venues (all of them within walking-distance of San Domenico House hotel London United Kingdom), Chelsea also offers:

• Royal Court Theatre

(50-51 Sloane Square SW1W 8AS) 

Royal Court Theatre

A sensational centre for showcasing new theatre writing ever since its infamous 1950s era when it quickly emerged with the ‘Angry Young Man’ and ‘kitchen sink drama’ movement, the Royal Court remains an essential venue to this day

• Cadogan Hall

(5 Sloane Terrace SW1X 9DQ)

An early 20th Century performance space with outstanding acoustics that, today, is home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Jazz Festival (held every November) and several BBC Proms concerts every summer

• Chelsea Theatre

(World’s End Place SW10 0DR)

A contemporary theatre venue that’s all about new works, live art performance, cabaret and community-based projects; a venue for those interested in experiencing something a little different, for sure.