Chelsea Area Guide

Brief history to Chelsea

Chelsea has long been established as one of the most popular and exclusive areas in central London. Known for its tree lined, Georgian fronted avenues and unique public gardens, Chelsea is one of the most attractive boroughs in the city. Museums, galleries, world famous restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops the area offers an almost unparalleled lifestyle.

The village of Chelsea dates back as far as the Saxon's and was situated a few miles outside the busy town of London. Taking its name from the Saxon word Cealc Hythe, meaning landing place for boats, Chelsea has since become an iconic area situated in the centre of the city of London. It was during the 16th and 17th centuries that Chelsea's popularity as a place to reside became evident, housing some of Britain's elite including Sir Thomas More.

The famous King's Road gained its name as a private lane for royals and courtiers to travel from Westminster to the royal palace at Hampton Court. By the 19th century Chelsea had grown rapidly and Chelsea Bridge was built in 1853. The famous Chelsea Flower Show was first debuted in 1913 and has been one of Chelsea's biggest annual events ever since.

Types of Property in Chelsea

Recently reported to contain the richest street in Britain, Chelsea boasts a wealth of historical and beautiful buildings, garden squares and crescents. The main building boom hit Chelsea in the 1700s and is the reason for so many incredible Georgian fronted town houses in the area. The Earl of Cadagon's is a highly regarded property developer and landlord; he still owns many properties, especially those around Cadogan square.

The borough's motto is Quam Bonum in Unum Habitare, which can be roughly translated to ‘How good to dwell in unity'. From studio apartments to luxury townhouses and even elaborate mansions, Chelsea has an abundance of great properties to offer.

Average rental prices

To rent a studio apartment is on average about £375 per week, the average rent for a one bedroom property is £525 per week and for a two bedroom £800 per week.

A guide for council tax bands is accessible via this link. Band A is chargeable at £711.19 going up to Band H at £2,333.58. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Chelsea

Chelsea is diverse and multicultural with a reported 6.53% of its residents originating from the United States of America. From it's bohemian roots to the more recent swinging sixties Chelsea really is a favourite amongst the affluent. Pankhurst, Tolkien and even Mick Jagger have been known to reside within Chelsea's proximities. Chelsea is also home to many of the worlds leading design houses including Vivienne Westwood's showcase store the ‘Worlds End'.

What to do in Chelsea

Chelsea is full of great bars, clubs, restaurants, galleries, buildings, monuments and shops. Kensington Gardens and the Chelsea Physic Gardens are just on the doorstep as is the V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, all of which are wonderful places to visit whilst in the borough.

The King's Road is home to many design houses, boutiques and Rassells, rated in the world's top five garden centres. You can indulge in a wealth of culinary delights including Restaurant Gordon Ramsey on Royal Hospital Road, SW3. If seeking something less formal, The Cadogan Arms is a more traditional style pub. Live music can be found in the Hollywood Arms that is situated in the heart of Chelsea and is a popular venue for all age groups. Showcasing Jazz, The Live Lounge is another musical haven for those seeking evening entertainment.


Links in and out of Chelsea are many, with twelve tube stations on six of the twelve London Underground lines. There are a number of bus routes through Chelsea, this guide will help you plan your journey.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Chelsea incorporates 27 primary schools and 6 secondary schools not to mention nursery schools and colleges many with excellent Ofsted reports. Click here to see a List of Children's Centres, Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools.

With an abundance of further and higher education colleges and three universities situated in the area Chelsea can cater for all ages of study. For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.