Lots Road Area Guide

Brief history to Lots Road

Lots Road has an interesting history, in 1832 the land surrounding Lots Road was bought by the Baron de Beaufain who built a sporting club in the area. Sadly it failed and was sold in 1842 to Renton Nicholson who built, what we would call today, a theme or entertainment park. Its star attraction was Hot Air Balloon rides which offered an innovative and new experience. However this was not to last and its namesake The Balloon Tavern opened in 1869 on the old theme park site. It is rumoured that in 1874 a Vincent de Groot jumped from a balloon at 500ft with just a pair of homemade wings.

Lots Road gained its name from the "lots" of land which previously had belonged to Chelsea Manor and over which the parishioners had Lammas rights. That is to say rights to graze their animals at certain times of the year.

The area is most famous for its power station, Lots Road Power Station or the 'Chelsea Monster' is a disused coal and later oil fired power station on the Thames which was of huge importance to the city providing electricity to the London Underground system. It will be exciting to see if this unique piece of history is lovingly redeveloped for residential use in a similar fashion to the iconic landmark building; Battersea Power Station.

Types of Property in Lots Road

Lots Road still maintains an industrial feel with many warehouse buildings beautifully converted into luxury apartments. There are modern tower blocks running alongside more traditional style Victorian and Georgian period properties.

A 1bn project to convert the former Lots Road Power Station is underway and you can expect high spec, contemporary apartments throughout the building. There are pretty terraced rows of pastel painted period properties, red brick mansion buildings and period conversions.

Average rental prices

A studio apartment will cost in the region of £210 per week, a one bedroom property £499.50 per week and two bedroom property you can expect to pay £682.50 per week.

For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Lots Road

Lots Road is home to young professionals, families and was once home to Thomas Carlyle, a famous philosopher and historian.

What to do in Lots Road

A beautiful example of a Queen Anne Town House is the house of Thomas Carlyle, now open to the public, The National Trust have refurbished it to its former glory and well worth a visit. Sambrook's Brewery is an independent brewers and is open to the public for those seeking refreshment and an education into the world of hops.

Lots Road is a thriving area, slightly quieter than its neighbouring Chelsea but has plenty of great attractions. Lots Road Auctions are held on a Sunday where you can find all sorts of unique finds such as furniture, paintings and decorative items.

Fine dining can be fond in the period style Ferret & Firkin pub, which was previously known as The Balloon Tavern. Its full name under new management pays tribute to its unique history and location in Chelsea Creek. They have named it 'The Ferret & Firkin in a Balloon up the Creek', very quirky and fabulously fitting. You can expect a fine and friendly gastropub experience.

If seeking a more formal evening meal then the Chutney Mary restaurant is just 4 minutes' walk from Lots Road. If you're after a taste of the areas nightlife the 606 Club is situated in the area. Al Fresco dining on the beautiful Chelsea Wharf can be found at the Thai on the River. It's a fabulous riverside restaurant where you can expect authentic Thai food in superb surroundings.


Lots Road is perfectly situated in the heart of Central and West London and has excellent public transport links to and from the area.

The nearest station to Lots Road is Fulham Broadway Tube Station which is about 12 minutes walk to the North West.

There are a number of London Buses in and out of the area.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Central and West London is home to a rich selection of schools and colleges. At primary level the schools with the highest recommendations and great Ofsted reports are: The Park Walk Primary School and Ashburnham Community School. At secondary level both the Kensington and Chelsea College and the English National Ballet School hold outstanding performances on an educational level.

For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.