The King's Road, chelsea
The King's Road effortlessly blends luxury with style. From eclectic, fashionable boutiques to globally recognised brands, cafés and restaurants; world class cultural spaces and renowned interior designers, the best of the everyday mixing easily with the most fascinating and the extraordinary. Unsurprisingly the two mile stretch draws a crowd from far and wide. Take the bus or stroll along.
Duke of York Square
Chelsea register office
In the middle of the King's Road around the über cool Joe & The Juice there is a more 'useful' range of shops including phone shops, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose as well as a good range of brands such as French Connection and the Zadig & Voltaire outlet. Chelsea Old Town Hall presents a whole variety of interesting events from Frock Me! to the Antiquarian Book Fair. The Chelsea Register Office continues to be the place of choice for fashionable and quiet weddings alike. The Ivy, Chelsea Garden is centre stage opposite the peaceful Dovehouse Green. A perfect place to stop awhile before you move along past the Fire Station to continue to enjoy the relaxed mood.
Old church street
Enter the Sloane Stanley district, with a range of individual boutiques curated by stylish owners, art galleries, beautiful interior designers, such as Osborne and Little, William Yeoward and Designers Guild and the artist's materials phenomenon Green & Stone. The Bluebird Restaurant and its sister space, the achingly cool Shop at Bluebird, are accompanied by other exciting destination restaurants such as Kurobuta alongside a variety of neighbourhood cafés like A Wanted Man which offer a chance to rest and socialise. There are specialised health and beauty spots here including Triyoga, Facegym and the innovative café-hair-salon Duck and Dry. Highly prized vintage pieces are hidden here at The British Red Cross stocked regularly by the Beckhams and and if it's an exciting nightlife you want then Juju and Raffles are here for you.
Then finish your exploration in the aptly named World's End which offers yet another wonderful array of individual shops and restaurants starting with World's End Bookshop opposite the infamous Vivienne Westwood's wonderfully original space, where time just goes backwards.
For the curious types,
Wander off the beaten path, try Chelsea Green
and Chelsea Farmer's Market. Feel the fresh breeze coming down the river, stroll down Oakley Street to Albert Bridge. Explore old Chelsea walking the small streets through the centre and weave your way through history and look through the magical garden gates at Chelsea Physic Garden. Why not drop in at Carlyle House to go back in time?
Or why not go behind Peter Jones' back along to
Pavilion Road and live like a local. With the hidden butchers, bakers and wine merchants all specialists in their own particular sphere.