Area Guide: Chelsea

After saying goodbye to its swinging heydays of the 1960s, Chelsea has become home to London’s wealthier residents as well as the best boutiques in town.

Brought into the public eye by the popular reality TV show Made in Chelsea, the area is a hotspot for old and new money alike. Although mostly residential, you can certainly find a number of attractions if you’re there for the day, from the high-end shops on King’s Road and Sloane Street to the calm bubble of serenity that is the Physic Garden.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about work and play in Chelsea!

The Area:

Chelsea occupies Southwest London, hugging the Northern bank of the Thames and overlooking the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project. The Northern end of Chelsea borders South Kensington.

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Packed with towering townhouses, the roads are often quieter compared to the more central districts, but there are still plenty of shops, restaurants and attractions to keep you busy. King’s Road is more reminiscent of Oxford Street in terms of high traffic density and its selection of high-end stores.

Getting Around:

Chelsea can be easily traversed both by foot and by car. Parking spaces are plentiful but are subject to the usual London premium. The area can also be reached easily by public transport with fifteen bus routes in service.

Be aware that there is no Underground station in Chelsea. Sloane Square tube station is the closest option but is only easily accessible from the eastern end of Chelsea. Although there are plans for a King’s Road Crossrail station, nothing has been finalised as of yet.

Eateries:

There are no end of fantastic places to eat in Chelsea. You’ll find the standard chains like Pret A Manger, McDonalds and Five Guys but also a selection of diverse and higher-end eateries.

At the pricier end of the scale is Dinings SW3. A spin-off of the very successful Dinings in Marylebone, Dinings SW3 serve up a tantalising take on sushi and other Japanese dishes. The menu speaks for itself, from the show-stopping plateaux de fruits de mer to the modern takes on classic miso soups. Expect to pay for the privilege though, so come prepared!

If you fancy something British, it just so happens that Gordon Ramsay’s aptly-named Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is also in Chelsea. Headed up by the eminently adept Matt Abé, you can expect to find Michelin Star quality dishes at Michelin Star prices.

Our Top Restaurant Recommendations Include:

Dinings SW3 

Enjoy a high-end Sushi experience in this stunning grade-1 listed building. With a social sushi counter, hidden courtyard and a mezzanine area, Dinings SW3 serves an exciting menu of Japanese-inspired street food and is definitely a place to try if you’re in the area. Choose from delicious small plates, grilled lobster or enjoy one of their tasting menus to taste some of Asia’s best flavours.

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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay 

Serving fine modern French cuisine, Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant is one of Chelsea’s best eateries. With three Michelin-stars, the restaurant uses the ‘finest seasonal ingredients and employs both modern and classic techniques’ to create some mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus. If you’re looking to experience fine dining or treat a special someone, Gordon Ramsay’s is the place to go.

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Rabbit 

This family-run restaurant on Kings Roads is a place full of flavor, fun and Instagram worthy dishes. With a charming rustic farmhouse feel, Rabbit is the perfect place to escape from the city and enjoy authentic food that is ethically sourced from the owner’s family farm in Sussex. Serving hearty mains and traditional Sunday lunches, their blend of modern and traditional plates makes it a must whenever you’re in the area.

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Nightlife:

Although not quite the iconic nighttime hotspot that it was in the 1960s and 1970s, Chelsea still has a vibrant nightlife if you know where to look for it.

Moonshine Saloon is a unique and enjoyable experience if you fancy something a bit out of the norm. This prohibition-themed bar has a theatre-like experience with bartenders dressed as cowboys. You’ll have to bring your own spirits, don a cowboy hat at the door, and the bartending actors will create a delicious cocktail with your provided spirit. Definitely one to experience!

If you fancy a challenge, you could try The Bletchley, which combines innovative cocktails with an escape room experience. Are alcohol and brain teasers a good combination? Apparently so!

Our Bar Recommendations include:

Moonshine Saloon

If you’re looking for an evening full of entertainment and world-class cocktails then Moonshine Saloon is the place for you. Combining immersive theatre with fine liquor, this unique bar is part of a number of immersive cocktail experiences and is certainly something different to do with your evening.

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The Bletchley

Enter an immersive world of code-breaking and cocktail at The Bletchley on Kings Road. Taking you back to the time of WW2, this unique bar is a fun place to socialise with friends or colleagues and enjoy a few drinks at the weekend. Whether you stop by to have a few or book a full cryptic experience, this bar offers a fun evening out for all.

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JuJu

Located on the famous Kings road, Juju is one of Chelsea’s most premium cocktail bars and nightclubs. Besides having been recently awarded for its specialist cocktails, Juju is the place to go for live music, tasty tapas style finger food and to rub shoulders with celebrities from the surrounding areas. As one of the most popular bars in the area, it may be wise to book a reservation in advance to ensure you’re not disappointed on the night.

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Shopping:

Chelsea offers ample shopping opportunities with King’s Road and Sloane Street providing their fair share of high-end retail opportunities.

You can find luxury retailers like Harvey Nichols, Cartier, Tiffany & Co and Prada interspersed with smaller boutiques and arcades.

Working in Chelsea:

Expect trendy coworking spaces with modern amenities and the occasional retro touch. Although renowned for luxury living, Chelsea is home to plenty of successful businesses, many of which have chosen to embrace coworking and the use of flexible office spaces in the area.

The calmer nature of the area lends itself to the creative and digital industries, where room to breathe is needed to fuel the creative juices. Scattered green spaces work well as breakout areas and the ample selection of small eateries makes working lunches a breeze.

Looking for an Office Space in Chelsea?

Offering access to the best-serviced offices in Chelsea, we can help you find the perfect office space. Our team of experts is here to understand exactly what you need and secure the perfect new home for your business. Whilst we have hundreds of great spaces on offer, here are a few of our top picks for Chelsea:

Draycott Avenue | SW3

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Pont Street | SW1X

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From £1558 per person/pm

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Sloane Avenue | SW3

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From £800 per person/pm

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These are just a few of our available office spaces. Contact our agents today to find out more about our other available business centers.

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