Bed and Breakfast
29-31 Draycott Place, London, Chelsea, SW3 2SHShow on map
Many of San Domenico House Hotels previous guests have praised the hotel's ornate decor; however, being situated in a Victorian town house in between the elite Knightsbridge and fashionable Chelsea districts... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW32JRShow on map
The Knightsbridge district of London is famed for its attractive Victorian architecture, its exquisite shops, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores and its very affluent residents. It's true... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
26 Cadogan Gardens,, Belgravia, SW3 2RPShow on map
It is hard to believe that a hotel as quiet and restful as The Draycott Hotel can exist so close to London's busy Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Thanks to thoughtful design and a passionate eye for detail, an... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
7-12 Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, SW1W 8EGShow on map
The Sloane Square Hotel is a luxurious modern establishment located just off Sloane Square, the 18th century. Situated in between Knightsbridge and Chelsea, you will be surrounded by some of London's most... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
115 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9PJ, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9PJShow on map
Durley House Hotel is a very luxurious establishment, with a unique concept; an 'all suite' hotel, offering only one, high class of accommodation, to engender an air of exclusivity in this classically stylish... Read More »
Sloane Avenue, London, Chelsea, SW3 3DWShow on map
South Kensington and Chelsea are perhaps London's most exclusive districts, where properties change hands for millions of pounds and celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Hugh Grant own properties.... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
35 Ixworth Place, London, Chelsea, SW3 3QXShow on map
A trendy, modern hotel, the Myhotel Chelsea offers deluxe accommodations and is situated on Ixworth Place in South Kensington, just a few minutes away from the King's Road. Myhotel Chelsea was traditionally a... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
75 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9SGShow on map
The 5-star Cadogan Hotel is located on Sloane Street, close to Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, within easy reach of Hyde Park, home of The Serpentine Gallery and a range of outdoor activities such as boating... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
2 Chesham Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8DTShow on map
The Diplomat Hotel is a 26 room, 3 star hotel located in the heart of Belgravia, South West London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The closest tube station to the Diplomat Hotel is Sloane... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, SW1X 8HQShow on map
"Traditional British hospitality blends with American bohemian style in this 5-Star hotel" Belgraves, part of the Thompson Hotels' collection of prestigious hotels, is in Central London’s affluent... Read More »
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Visiting Chelsea now, it is hard to believe that the area used to be one of the centres of 60s; 'Swinging London's' counter-culture and the location of the shop, which defined the Punk, look in the 70s. It has since become as moneyed and pricey as neighbouring areas South Kensington, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, although there are vestiges of the area's bohemian legacy still to be seen in several of the unique boutiques that still line the King's Road and the multi-coloured town houses that line the side streets.
The area is still considered to be the apex of refined chic in London and is much less stuffy and 'stiff upper lip' than 'old money areas such as Knightsbridge. There are also far fewer Sloane Rangers, the young, wealthy set who favoured the cardigan over the shoulder look, who proliferated in the 1980s, milling around these days.
The area first earned its reputation as a magnet for bohemians when the Pre-Raphaelite painters moved into the area in the 19th century. With such luminaries as James McNeill Whistler, J.M.W. Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Singer Sargent, as well as writers such as Jonathan Swift and Thomas Carlyle, all gathered in one location, it is unsurprising that an artsy set followed suit. Nowadays, the North East of London has overtaken the area as a centre of counter-culture and high property prices mean that most of the residents are investment bankers or celebrities such as Hugh Grant and Kylie Minogue.
The King's Road is a must see for shopaholics. True, nowadays it has more designer and high-street franchises than independent boutiques, but there are still the odd gems to be found, such as Hoss Intropia for elegant women’s wear with a twist and Ad Hoc for Elvis emblazoned frilly knickers, but it has changed drastically since the days of Mary Quant's miniskirt filled boutique, Stop the Shop's revolving retail floor and Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren's SEX shop, where punk was said to have been born. Aside from shopping, the King's Road also contains several bijou cafes and eateries such as Blushes and upmarket steak restaurant Blue and Blacks.
Chelsea is also renowned for its annual Flower Show, held by the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is held at the Chelsea Royal Hospital, which is home to the Chelsea pensioners, soldiers who have served in World War I or II and are very distinctive in the area for their bright red coats. The flower show attracts 157,000 exhibitors and visitors from all over the world and showcases avant garde gardens, which have included such curious entries as a garden made of plasticine and Diarmuid Garvin's Sky Garden, which was the first to be suspended in the air. The show is also where new plants are launched and improved versions of favourite genuses, and the stunning sights it offers has made it a very fashionable social event.
Chelsea is also renowned for its Chelsea Buns and Chelsea Pottery. However, if you come to Chelsea looking for the football club, its grounds are now at Stamford Bridge in Fulham. The area is fantastic to stay in, Sloane Square is the nearest tube station, which services the District and Circle line. It is only one stop away from Victoria Station, where you can take the Gatwick Express Train to the airport in under 30 minutes. Chelsea hotels tend to be pricier, but a range of very stylish boutique hotels are in the area, where you can feel as pampered and affluent as one of the area's locals. If you're not feeling quite so flush, South Kensington is just one stop away on the tube and offers some very affordable hotels, alongside some of London's best loved sites.