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Today, Chelsea is an exclusive and desirable part of London, home to a wide variety of shops for fashion, food, and more. The Kings Road is the best known road in Chelsea and historically it was the centre for alternative culture in the 1960s and 1970s. It is bordered by Knightsbridge and South Kensington to the North, and the River Thames to the south.
There is a wide range of architecture in Chelsea, from white stucco terraces on Tregunter Road and Gilston Road, to the red-brick Dutch style house of Cadogan Square and Cadogan Gardens. There are mansion blocks on Drayton Gardens and Cheyne Walk, and popular houses in the 10-acre estate around Limerston and Lamont Streets, with the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital just to the north.
As you may expect, there is an impressive range of stylish restaurants, cafes and pubs throughout Chelsea catering for all tastes and budgets, including brasserie & al fresco style dining, some of the best regarded Italian & Asian restaurants in London, and Michelin-starred restaurants.
The Royal Court Theatre is prominent in world theatre for cultivating writers who are undiscovered, emerging or established. The Cadogan Hall, a Grade II listed building, is located just off Sloane Street and is now a 950 seat concert hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra being the resident music ensemble. There are also plenty of parks, gardens, and other wonderful outdoor spaces.
The King’s Road is world famous for shopping. At one end is Sloane Square and the curved façade of Peter Jones department store; journey down the road and you will find contemporary furnishing stores and smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops. There is also a Chelsea Farmer’s Market on Sydney Street, a selection of independent businesses and restaurants.
The area is well served by 10 bus routes all passing through the area. There is easy access to the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines, with the underground offering direct access to The City, the West End, Kings Cross, and Heathrow without having to change lines.