23 March 2016 by Lizzie Greenway
Stylish, sassy and sophisticated Chelsea is the ideal weekend destination.
Shop, shop, shop
Chelsea enjoys some of the most exclusive shops in London. Firstly head to Kings Road where you’ll find fashionable, high-end boutiques such as Penhaligon’s, Neal’s Yard, Anthropologie and Comptoir des Cotonniers. For those who love jewellery, you cannot beat Sloane Square where you can purchase exquisite pieces from Cartier and Tiffany and Co, a truly gorgeous treat. For high-street brands Duke of York Square is home to Europe’s biggest Zara store and other top end brands.
Ladies that lunch
Chelsea is famous for its in-crowd who love nothing better than a leisurely weekend lunch, hence why so many eateries do it so well here. Bluebird café is among Chelsea’s favourite, Bluebird has its own café, brassiere and food store and is a super trendy hangout for the ‘who’s who’ of the area.
If you are visiting the area on a Sunday the ‘Lots Road Pub’ is perfect for a roast dinner. Head to The Phene, this pub has one of the best beer gardens to enjoy delicious gastro pub food. Tom’s Kitchen on Cale Street is a favourite in the area, with a good hearty menu on offer and lovely atmosphere.
Nature and Art
Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in London, and the medicinal plants grown here have been used since 1673, it is a beautiful and enchanting spot to lounge around and explore before heading to an altogether different art experience, the Saatchi Gallery. The Saatchi Gallery was opened in 1985 and is just off Sloane Square and showcases contemporary art, the 70,000 square foot building has a number of different exhibitions throughout the year, this March will see ‘Champagne Life’ and ‘Prints and Originals Gallery’ among its exhibitions. Bywater Street is a destination of beauty in its own right in Chelsea, where many go to just to photograph the unique pastel houses on the road.
Dine Out in Style
Restaurant Gordon Ramsey is located in Chelsea, opened in 1998 it holds three Michelin stars and is an exquisite dining experience, the food is modern French. For a cheaper alternative there is Jazz at Pizza Express, it is a altogether different experience at Chelsea’s take on this chain restaurant, located in an impressive building on Kings Road it is host to orchestral, jazz and solo performances. No 11, Pimlico Road has an air of elegance, with a cool atmosphere and is great to finish off at after dinner, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two.
Party the Night Away
Head to Embargo for Cuban cool, you enter through a cigar shop, just to get you into the swing of things before being transported into a interior featuring exposed brickwork, vintage furnishings and a delightful rooftop terrace. The most exclusive establishments in Chelsea after hours are Raffles and Juju. Raffles is pricey, and notoriously hard to get in, with it being a haunt of the rich and famous, it is exclusive, luxurious and opulent but expect to splurge if you are lucky enough to get in. Juju on Kings Road is glamorous, it has cocktails worth talking about and knows how to throw a party, it is one of those nightclubs people travel to, sleek and sophisticated it sums up Chelsea perfectly.
Stay, Sleep and Snooze
There are a number of suitable establishments to sleep at in Chelsea, but our favourites are The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, The Apartments by Sloane Square and a more affordable option of Myhotel Chelsea. The Chelsea Harbour Hotel boasts idyllic views across the Thames and Chelsea Harbour, with spacious and comfortable rooms offering good facilities, rooms here cost from £200 per night. The Apartments by The Sloane Club are for those looking to splash the cash, an apartment costs from £435 per night and for that you will have a luxurious haven in one of the most exclusive areas in London. Myhotel Chelsea has 50 rooms and is chic, spacious and attractive, this April you can stay the night on Sunday for as little as £88.
Chelsea is very accessible, Sloane Square tube station is on the Circle and District Lines, the area is also serviced by buses number 19, 22, 319 and C1, all of which pass by Sloane Square. The London Victoria train station is also in close proximity to Chelsea, it is easy to walk to Kings Road from here.
As Audrey Hepburn once said “London is always a good idea” and Chelsea is certainly that.
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