Located on the River Thames, the neighborhood of Chelsea is absolutely gorgeous. It's got historical buildings throughout and several of its streets are known around the world for their great shopping. The Albert Bridge has been called one of the most romantic places in the world, offering up a beautiful view of London. And the streets of Chelsea were once walked by the greatest musical artists of all time, including the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
Today, this is an affluent enclave that is notable for having the largest community of Americans expats living in London. There are many housing options, ranging from stately mansions to loft-style apartments. You'll also find detached housing here, which is relatively unique in this city, but it comes at a premium.
Shopping is a sport in Chelsea. From huge brands to small, independent stores, you can get just about anything. There are classic clothing boutiques, edgy clothing stores, and everything in between.
For art buffs, there are a few galleries in Chelsea that highlight contemporary artists and events are held throughout the year that bring big names from the art world together. Some of the most “out there” artistic movements have originated in this neighborhood.
Entertainment-wise, Chelsea is home to many annual events, including the famous Chelsea Flower Show and the Christmas Gift Fair. Several theaters in the area are great for seeing independent movies and live theater is available as well. There is, of course, the Chelsea Football Club, but they actually play in nearby Fulham.
You've got great food options here. You’ll have your choice of dining ranging from cheap delis to 5-star restaurants. The Bluebird cafe here is just one of the local favorites.
Everything you could possibly need to live happily falls in Chelsea, including hairdressers, doctors, dentists, tailors, butchers, and even a weekly farmers’ market that sells perfect little treats, organic produce, and international foods.
The City: 5 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 8.1 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Southwark: 5.2 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit / 35 minutes by bike
Westminster: 2.1 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 5.8 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit