There are tons of great literary landmarks to discover in and around Chelsea. This part of London has been linked with the written word for many centuries, and this is evident all around the district. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the key landmarks for you to discover on your next trip to the city…
The Blue Plaques of Chelsea
Go for a walk around Chelsea, and you’ll soon see plenty of mysterious blue plaques attached to neighbouring buildings, each providing a name, date and special message of significance. These plaques were designed as part of a project founded in 1866 to help showcase the people and buildings of the local area.
Each plaque tells the story of a person who was born, lived or worked in this area. If you’re staying at London hotels near Chelsea, then you’re ideally placed to discover these plaques – and find out some more about the history of the area at the same time. Key literary figures who are linked to the district include George Elliot, Samuel Beckett, A,A, Milne and Oscar Wilde – here’s a few of the most notable literary landmarks in Chelsea.
Oscar Wilde’s Home
Located on Tite Street, Oscar Wilde’s former home was occupied by the author and playwright between 1884-1895, and tragically the author only left the home after the now-infamous trials which sought to punish him for his sexuality. During the time Wilde lived here, Chelsea was a haven for bohemian artists, and the plaque was placed outside the home in 1954 to mark 100 years since his birth.
A.A. Milne’s Birthplace
The house on 13 Mallord Street where A.A. Milne was born has a blue plaque outside to showcase this event. Whilst the author relocated in 1919, he retained ownership of the house until 1942. This is a must-see stop for many literary-minded visitors to Chelsea, thanks to the creative characters who Milne helped bring to life, most prominently famed children’s character Winnie the Pooh.
If you want to see the house for yourself, then you’re within easy reach during your stay at San Domenico House Hotel London United Kingdom.
George Eliot’s London Townhouse
Female author Mary Anne Evans is immortalised as George Eliot, and she moved into 4 Cheyne Walk in the final weeks before her death. She had originally intended the property to be a home she lived in for many years, but sadly she died of the flu just before Christmas in 1880. Today, you can pay a visit to the property while staying at London hotels near Chelsea.
Novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett lived at an address in Paultons Square during the 1930s, where he wrote his first novel. As with so many of the blue plaques in Chelsea, a trip to the property is a way of walking down literary memory lane, and is sure to offer plenty of inspiration to budding authors and fans of the written word alike.