you are a businessman / businesswoman, and busy and need a central and well looked after flat, which is like home from home for short stays when over in London
or you are here on holiday and wish to be in the best location, in the heart of Chelsea
you could not be in a happier flat, spacious & modern flat.
double room, for 2 persons and spare double bed in sitting room area for additional guests if need be
very large sitting room, suitable for business meetings too - and printer/fax at your disposal
stand alone room and bathroom and WC so that you have privacy and feel in a flat of your own - the whole flat is at your disposal except for the room adjacent to the entrance which ensuite and which keep for when I am in town and separate from the remainder of the flat - see map. The siting room and your room close off so that its like a private duplex.
all amenities, WIFI, cable TV, 20 meter pool and gym on your door step
10 seconds from the Kings Road
every shop on doorstep, Waitrose, Marks and Spencers 1 mn, and best restaurants
2 mn from Sloane Square Tube Station which is as central as gets
highest number of bus routes all within 1 mn: 11, 211, 49, 319, 22, 19. 345 345 take you pretty much everywhere, City, Piccadilly, Holborn, Trafalgar Sq, Covent Garden. South Kensington, High Street Kensington. Fulham
11 takes you to the City
best cleaning lady and flat extremely well look after and has a unique feel as it was originally an art's studio room and own bathroom.
For the sporty ones: Virgin Active 5 mn, Triyoga 1 minute from flat, Chelsea Town Hall local pool 30 second away, Chelsea Harbour Club, 15 min walk
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 40 km, Nearest railway: victoria 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
Chelsea is anextensive riverside area of London that extends broadly from Sloane Square in the east to the World's End pub in the west and down to the River Thames. The King's Road marks the main thoroughfare of Chelsea.
The whole of the district contains some of the most expensive residential property in the world. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combine to form the largest green space in metropolitan London and provide a real oasis in the heart of this vast city.
Next to Chelsea, South Kensington hosts four of London's largest and finest museums. Sloane Street connects Knightsbridge to Chelsea via Sloane Square and is lined with luxury brand boutiques.
History of Chelsea
Chelsea's modern reputation as a centre of innovation and influence originated in a period during the 19th century when the area became a veritable Victorian artists' colony: artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, J.M.W. Turner, James McNeill Whistler, William Holman Hunt and John Singer Sargent, as well as writers such as George Merh, Algernon Swinburne, Leigh Hunt and Thomas Carlyle all lived and worked here. A particularly large concentration of artists existed in the area around Cheyne Walk (pronounced Chey-nee) and Cheyne Row, where the pre-Raphaelite movement had its heart.
Following the Second World War, Chelsea, like many other formerly prosperous areas became rather run down and poor. It became prominent once again as an artistic centre, Bohemian district and hot spots for young professionals in the 1960s. The Americans called this period "Swinging London" and the King's Road became the definition of style and fashion and both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones lived in the neighbourhood.
The 1980s saw the rise of the Sloane (archetypally Princess Diana) and the Mohawks gave way to twin set pearls, pink Polo shirts and what an American would call a "preppy". Chelsea seems to have settled into stylish affluence and aspiration and although the 'Hooray Henries' do not try to stand out, their loud braying voices, youth and wealth are hard to hide. They can be seen here in their natural habitat particularly on school holidays when they return from their boarding schools and all stay at a friends house, on the "King's Road, mate".
Sloane Square (District and Circle lines)
Like most parts of Zone 1 (Central London), this area is well connected by a variety of bus services. Here is a general list of the bus routes serving each major destination in this area:
Sloane Square: 11, 19, 22, 137, 170, 211, 319, 360, 452, C1
King's Road Chelsea: 11, 19, 22, 49, 211, 319
The most useful bus routes
11, from Liverpool Street Station via the City of London, St. Paul's, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, and Victoria Station serving Sloane Square and King's Road Chelsea (to Fulham)
19, from Finsbury Park and Islington/Angel via Tottenham Court Road, Shaftesbury Avenue/Soho, nad Piccadilly Circus serving Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, and King's Road Chelsea (to Battersea)
211, from Waterloo Station (near South Bank/London Eye) via Westminster and Victoria Station serving Sloane Square and King's Road Chelsea (to Fulham and Hammersmith)
C1, from Victoria Station serving Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, South Kensington Museums, Earl's Court, and High Street Kensington (to White City/Westfield London)
King's Road. One of London's smartest fashion streets, having evolved from the cutting-edge of bohemia and innovative fashion in the 60s to a more genteel place to indulge in retail therapy, albeit with a notable presence of trendy young Londoners (including many so called Sloane Rangers). It is a very attractive street that retains the atmosphere of a small town whilst being in the heart of a huge city. There is a huge range of fashion stores from upmarket chains to one-off boutiques, as well as variety of other shops, complimented by cafés, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. There is an obvious affluence to the road without any bling or snobbiness. King's Road stretches south-west from here for miles, though the best of the shopping is in the first mile.
Sloane Street. Lined with high-end designer label stores.
The Duke of York Square Shopping Complex. Has a range of spacious branches of popular fashion chains and a popular place to hang out.
Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Rd SW1X 7XL (tube: Knightsbridge), +44 20 7730 1234, . M-Sa 10:00-20:00. The most famous store in London, favoured by the British establishment and owned by the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Qatar. Fairly strict dress code so do not turn up looking like a backpacker and expect to gain entrance.
Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ (tube: Knightsbridge), +44 20 7235 5000, . M-Sa 10:00-20:00. Large department store full of designer goods and an excellent cafe.
Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road in South Kensington are home to several world class museums and all have free entry, only charging for special temporary exhibitions. They do accept (and encourage) donations if you feel you have enjoyed your visit.
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Rd, +44 20 7942 2000 (email@example.com), . 10:00-17:45, F until 22:00. Named in honour of Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert, this museum has existed for over 150 years. It contains a huge collection of decorative arts from all over the world and far back in time, trying to see everything in one day would be exhausting. There are regular exhibitions concentrating on a particular theme from Chinese art to fashion designers. Frequently they put on children's activities and late DJ nights.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, +44 20 7942 5000 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 10:00-17:30. Probably the most popular of all the museums here and a must see for many visitors to London. Home to no less than 70 million specimens from across all the life sciences. Especially popular are the dinosaur exhibits, the Darwin Centre and the studio dedicated to BBC wildlife personality extraordinaire, David Attenborough. In the 1980s, the Geological Museum was absorbed but is still in a separate building with a separate entrance.
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, +44 870 870 4868 (email@example.com), . 10:00-18:00. Dedicated to scientific exhibitions and collections bar those related to the life sciences. A number of famous historical machines and inventions are housed here including Stephenson's Rocket. The space exhibits are especially popular. Exhibitions tend to concentrate on explaining scientific principles with working models and there is a strong emphasis on education and attracting children. This includes their very popular Science Nights whereby children spend an evening learning principles and participating in experiments before spending
The Geological Museum Cromwell Rd, . 10:00-17:30. This venerable old institution was absorbed by the neighbouring Natural History Museum in 1985 but still has something of a separate identity. Unsurprisingly, devoted to all things geological with especially popular exhibits on vulcanology and earthquakes and fossils of all types. Very popular with kids and often under-rated.
Chelsea Old Church, 64 Cheyne Walk SW3 5LT, .
Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery at Sloane Square, is prestigious art gallery worth a visit.
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Rd SW3 4HS, +44 20 7352 5646, . Garden founded by apothecaries in the 17th century to the medicinal properties of plants. £5-8.
Hyde Park, . Nice big green park. The Serpentine is a small lake within Hyde Park, wildlife including a variety of birds, fountains. Rowing boats and pedalos are available for hire. As commonly used, the term also embraces the adjacent Kensington Gardens.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, +44 20 7589 8212, . Since opening in 1871 it has become one of the most famous venues in the UK. It still mainly caters for a classical audience, but it also hosts many other varied events including the odd contemporary rock/pop acts.
The Serpentine Gallery, . A nice free art gallery, near to the lake. Each summer a pavilion next to the gallery is designed by a different architect, which then houses various cultural events.
Chelsea Football Club. actually located in the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham along with Fulham F.C and Queens Park Rangers F.C).
Cine Lumiere, Institut Francais du Royaume Unis, 17 Queensberry Pl SW7 2DT (tube: South Kensington), +44 20 7838 2144 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . French-language movies.
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Sq, SW1W 8AS (tube: Sloane Sq), +44 20 7565 5000, . Britain's leading national theatre company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world.
Troubadour Club, 263-265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (tube: Earls Court or West Brompton), +44 20 7370 1434, . 20:00-02:00. This well known music venue has been programming acoustic music since the 1950s when Bob Dylan et al took to the stage. It's bigger now and has gone electric but is still one of the best venues in London for up and coming talent. The musical spectrum is broad. On any night you might catch solo singer-songwriters or full bands. No heavy rock or covers bands though. More recently it has hosted Adele, Laura Marlin, Jamie T and The Kleeks. There is a good menu too but arrive early to get a table. It can get very busy. Well worth a visit. From £6.
Pubs and restaurants
Admiral Codrington, Mossop St.
Builders Arms, Britten St.
Coopers Arms, Flood St.
Phoenix, Smith St.
La Nuova Delizia, 63-65 Chelsea Manor St. Noon-midnight. Quaint Italian bistro offers 18 different pizzas, three risottos, various pasta dishes, gnocchi and other traditional Italian entrees. It's top-notch food at a great value.
The Pig's Ear, 35 Old Church St, . Lively, old-world style pub/restaurant on Old Church Street. Acclaimed bistro fare and a wide selection of wines by the glass.
Aubergine, 11 Park Walk, +44 20 7352 3449, . Dinner: M-Sa 19:00-23:00, lunch: M-F noon-14:30. Although it still tries to cash in on its association with Gordon Ramsay (who was famously the original head chef before branching out on his own - see below), Chef William Drabble creates a menu of modern French cuisine and has one Michelin star.
Gordon Ramsay, 68 Royal Hospital Rd (Tube: Sloane Sq), +44 20 7352 4441, . Lunch M-F noon-14:30PM, dinner: M-F 18:30-23:30PM, closed weekends. The original, flagship branch of the Ramsay empire. You are highly unlikely to find the man himself behind the stove these days, but this triple Michelin-starred eatery deserves its reputation as one of the finest on the planet. The lunch menu is just about affordable, but getting a reservation is problematic. Dress code applies.
Tom's Kitchen. Populist spot for Tom Aikens's aptly named restaurant, albeit certainly in the "Splurge" category, the fish and chips make it certainly worth the difficulty getting reservations and the rather high cost.
Chelsea Brasserie and Bar, 7-12 Sloane Sq, +44 20 7881 5999, . Modern restaurant/bar at the Sloan Square hotel serving French cuisine. Popular lunch place for people working in the area.
Chelsea Potter, 119 Kings Rd (First pub when walking away from Sloane Square Tube Stop). Traditional pub fare, but when warm outside, best people watching spot around. Also, Aussie and Kiwi barmen solidify the awesome environment here.
The Troubadour Cafe, 263-265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (Tube: Earls Court or West Brompton), 0207 370 1434, . 09:00-midnight. Famous bohemian cafe with a pleasing menu of hearty dishes such as fishcakes, burgers and delicious filling salads. Good wine list too and lovely leafy garden out the back. There is a great little music venue downstairs and even accommodation on the top floor.
Kensington Creperie (Cafe Creperie), 2 Exhibition Rd, +44 20 7589 8947, . Tu-Su 11:00-23:30, M noon-23:30. A small, cute, often crowded cafe and authentic French creperie, popular with the local French and various other South Ken expats. Given its location near the tube, it is a fine place to sit outside and watch the fashionable young people pass by. £3-8.50.
Sole Luna Pizza & Pasta, 32-34 Thurloe St (Adjacent to the northern exit from South Kensington underground station), +44 020-75 81 00 98. This Italian bistro-style restaurant offers good food but the prices are too high compared to the rather bad service. The waiters, which change often, are not very attentive and almost yank the plates and glasses from the customer as soon as they have finished. The restaurant can be very busy due to its location, but the service leaves a lot to be desired. £4-25.
Coopers Arms, 87 Flood St. Great pints, including Peroni on tap. Best Sunday Roast around, and more of a gastropub than a traditional pub.
Henry J Beans Chelsea, 195-197 Kings Rd, +44 20 7352 9255 (email@example.com), . Henry J Beans Chelsea is the first of its kind, situated a stone throw from Sloane Square and South Kensington underground stations on the famous Kings Road in Chelsea.Featuring the biggest beer garden in Chelsea, Henry J Beans Chelsea is a true institution and a great place to relax, unwind and party.
The Hour Glass, 279 Brompton Rd, SW3 2DY, +44 20 7581 2840. This small, triangular, very easy-going pub just a little away from the main street bustle is a favorite among the locals, above all because the seating inside is designed to prevent overcrowding, but also for its pavement seating and upscale gastropub fare.
The Phoenix, 23 Smith St. Great pints, tremendous place for a pint on a sunny day. be sure to grab one of the outdoor tables and enjoy a cool pint on a hot day here (when not raining in London).
Troubadour Wines, 267 Old Brompton Rd, sw5 9ja (Right next door to its famous sister, The Troubadour Cafe), 020 7341 6341, . 12:00-22:00. This cozy wine bar is a quieter alternative to the buzz next door. With a great selection of wines from around the world, many of which are not available anywhere else in London, this is a peaceful oasis where you can discover delicious and good value wines. Drink in or take home.