Top 10 Things To Do In Chelsea
From classy restaurants and bars to stylish shops, there’s plenty to do when visiting Chelsea. This is why it’s also regarded as one of the capital’s best places to live, and here at Britannia Sandersteads, we’ve years of experience helping people move to the borough.
We’ve put together a handy guide outlining the top 10 things to do in Chelsea.
Visit the Saatchi Gallery
The borough of Kensington and Chelsea has a strong sense of cultural richness with a whole host of fantastic art galleries to explore. If you’re looking for one on the more abstract side, then the Saatchi Gallery is a must-visit.
Since 2008 the gallery has been based in Chelsea, and proudly displays contemporary pieces from some of the world’s most exciting emerging artists. Extremely thought-provoking, many of the pieces provide an extraordinary insight into society with commentary on a vast range of social issues.
Whether you go alone or in a group, the Saatchi is sure to spark a degree of thoughtfulness or lively debate. Admission is only £3, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time to see everything – you won’t want to miss a thing.
Have a Shopping Spree on Sloane Street
Shopping and Chelsea. Two words that are synonymous with one another. The area is well known for being home to some of London’s most luxurious shops with many found on the iconic Sloane Street.
From designer brands to independent boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Sloane Street also neatly links up with King’s Road, another famous shopping street in the borough.
Relax on the Embankment
Sometimes you may feel like doing nothing at all. If this is the case, then you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere better than the Embankment to sit and relax.
Overlooking the Thames, the Embankment is particularly pretty during the spring and summer months, but still retains its unique charm when the weather gets colder. It’s one of London’s greatest spots for a walk as the sun goes down.
Visit the Home of the European Champions
One of the UK’s most famous football teams can be found in the borough – Chelsea FC. Over the last 20 years the Blues have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in England, and now is a great time to visit as they’ve recently been crowned European Champions.
Having won the Champions League for the second time in the club’s history, attending a game at Stamford Bridge will give you the chance to see some of the world’s biggest stars in the flesh. If you can’t make it to a match, a stadium tour is another great way to spend an afternoon.
Discover Up and Coming Stars at the Royal Court Theatre
London is famous for its theatre, but if you’d prefer something a little more authentic and rough around the edges compared to what the West End has in store, get yourself to the Royal Court Theatre.
Located in Sloane Square, it is a writer’s theatre that puts on performances written by up and coming writers. The venue accepts scripts from anyone, offering a platform to the next generation of writers, and helping them make their dream a reality.
Picnic in the Physic Garden
You may not associate Chelsea with green space, but the Physic Garden is an ideal spot for a picnic. London’s oldest botanical garden, it dates back to the 1600s and is home to a vast array of stunning trees and flowers.
There’s also a delightful herb garden which is a lovely spot for a stroll after you’ve eaten. If you’d prefer, there is a cafe in the garden, too.
Check Out the National Army Museum
Commemorating the history of the British military, the National Army Museum is the perfect day out for all budding historians. The museum has a huge collection of army memorabilia spanning all eras of the organisation.
The museum also offers a modern-day look at the army and how it has impacted all of our lives over the years.
Visit Oscar Wilde’s House
‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’ Famous Irish playwright Oscar Wilde was certainly not living in the gutter when he resided in his Chelsea home and you can see it for yourself on Tite Street.
Just a short walk from Physic Garden, it’s always worth a visit. The property is emblazoned with an English Heritage blue plaque celebrating his life and works.
If you have the time, you can also discover other blue plaques at various properties across the borough, including the former homes of Mark Twain, Bram Stoker and Emmeline Pankhurst.
Practice Your Photography Skills
Whether you’re a professional photographer or simply want to add some nice shots to your Instagram, Chelsea is one of the most picturesque parts of London and as well as the aforementioned Physic Garden there are a number of pretty streets to enjoy.
The likes of Bywater Street, Lennox Mews and Smith Terrace can all create great shots for your portfolio, as can the Embankment.
Sample Delicious Cocktails
Looking to kick back and relax with a cocktail or two? Chelsea should be the first place on your list for date night or catching up with friends. Undoubtedly, one of the best cocktail bars can be found on Sloane Avenue. Barts is hidden in plain sight behind a simple black door, behind which is a truly unique environment. Speakeasy-themed, it’s full of quirky furniture, bold decor and cocktails served in teapots.
Other places to visit include No 11 Pimlico Road, Callooh Callay and Kona Kai.
If you’re considering making the move to Chelsea, the team at Britannia Sandersteads provides a whole host of removal services to help make the move as seamless as possible. This includes house removals, business removals, packing services, storage services and more. For more information on how we can help you with your move, get in touch today.