Chelsea and Kensington
One of the most sophisticated, and elegant boroughs to live in, with a deep seated history with the Royals, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been home to the monarchy ever since 1689. Awarded ‘Royal Borough’ status in 1901, Kensington and Chelsea still attracts royals, the rich and famous very much today. So it’s easy to see why some of the wealthiest Londoners are full time residents here, with a plethora of manicured Victorian square gardens, traditional white stucco terraces and mews homes on offer. Culturally vibrant, the borough is a glamorous and eclectic mix of UK and international residents, and draws many affluent professionals, families and retirees.
Situated between Fulham and Westminster, Chelsea and Kensington is a total delight to stroll around, and if you want to escape the vibrant hustle bustle, a beautiful amble to Kensington Palace Gardens and Holland Park are nearby. Chelsea was very much the heart of ‘swinging London’ in the late 60s and 70s, and a popular hang-out to artists and musicians – once home to the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley, no less. Whether you’re looking for a house or a flat, every type of property is on offer here with some properties dating back to the late 1700s. The area around The Royal Chelsea Hospital, has some of the most impressive and sought after property in the capital with streets with the finest historic architecture.
Chelsea and Kensington with it’s close proximity to the river, and central London, and the ultra desirable Cheyne Walk near Chelsea Harbour and its wealth of shopping is a big magnet, you only have to take a stroll down Sloane Square or Kensington High Street, the Kings Road or Fulham Road to see for your own eyes every range of high-end shop imaginable from luxury furniture stores, antique shops, fashion boutiques to top class restaurants, clubs and bars such as The Phene, a super stylish bar or the exceptional Italian restaurant La Famiglia, Kitchen W8 a Michelin-starred contemporary eatery to The Churchill Arms, a famous watering hole; take note of the name. Kensington and Chelsea is also famed for its parks and green spaces from the historic and beautiful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks to Holland Park, and its 22.5 hectares including the beautiful Kyoto Japanese Garden, not to mention it’s facilities for tennis, netball football, golf and cricket practice, so if you’re an outdoor sports aficionado, the borough is a sporting paradise too.
For families living here, Chelsea and Kensington is packed with 5* OFSTED rated outstanding state and much coveted fee paying schools, and is home to the world’s most famous museums from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, and Science Museum to the Royal Albert Hall. But there’s so much more: award-winning Michelin starred restaurants, high-end fashion boutiques, stylish café and bars galore. Everything is literally on your door step here, including a thriving French community – the borough has been nicknamed Paris’s 21st arrondissement. With a thriving European café culture at every turn and countless coffee shops, artisan bakeries and authentic Gallic patisseries, the streets are buzzing.
Kensington and Chelsea is ultra well connected, so you’re spoilt for choice from underground stations at Sloane Square, Kensington High Street, South Kensington, Holland Park and Notting Hill to numerous bus routes and of course, a steady stream of London’s iconic black taxis.