If you’re considering visiting Chelsea in the coming months but not sure what there is to do there – let’s just say you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Chelsea is renowned as the buzzing heart of West London with a range of incredibly diverse attractions. But if you still need some persuading, here are three easy reasons why visiting Chelsea should be at the top of your London list:
It’s the heart of culture
Chelsea is home to some of London’s most well established cultural gems, including some world-famous art galleries and museums that showcase varied exhibitions throughout the year. Some of the best known include the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. It’s well worth heading out early to avoid the crowds!
Or for a more contemporary dose of art, why not pay a visit to the Saatchi Gallery? Housing some of the finest artworks from the contemporary generation of artists, you can immerse yourself in London’s incredible artistic heritage from past and present.
Whether you’re exploring Chelsea by day or night, there’s a great selection of entertainment on offer near throughout the area. Theatre lovers will want to check out the award winning shows at the Royal Court Theatre on Sloane Square – renowned as one of the most important theatres in Europe, it is home to some of the most ground-breaking and challenging new productions. As well as the Royal Court, you can also check out the many smaller theatres in the area, including the Chelsea Theatre. Small as they are, they are a hotbed for thought-provoking and alternative live performances.
Drama’s not the only thing on offer in fashionable Chelsea. Home to some of London’s most stylish clubs, you can take your pick from the string of glamorous, uber-stylish bars and clubs in the area. Or for a more laidback night out, enjoy a great drink with friends in one of Chelsea’s warm and friendly pubs.
The foodie heart of the capital
Foodies won’t want to miss out on the tasty variety of treats on offer in Chelsea, from exquisite Indian, to fresh takes on Mexican and French food. One of the most popular picks in the area is Whits – known for its dog-friendly attitude and stylish yet relaxed interiors, the restaurant combines award-winning food with an informal atmosphere and great, personal service. For a more formal take on dinner, check out the delicious and innovative menus at the groundbreaking – and incredibly exclusive – Indian restaurant Rasoi, or famed TV chef Gordon Ramsey’s very own restaurant on Royal Hospital Road.
Check out this YouTube video to see how a couple of bloggers recently sampled a traditional cream tea in the Chelsea area – without paying a penny!
After savouring all the cultural delights of Chelsea, we wouldn’t be surprised if you just wanted to relax and take it easy. With some of the most beautiful parks around, Chelsea has a wealth of green spaces to unwind in. Take a walk through Holland Park – its Kyoto Garden in particular shows off a dazzling range of traditional Japanese plants, along with a relaxing waterfall, peacocks and rabbits.
It’s the perfect place to get away from the noise and bustle of the city and not far from a bijou luxury Chelsea hotel (you can read some other reasons why I love Chelsea on their blog and suggest your own to win a free night’s stay).