Chelsea
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A neighborhood in London that is known for King's Road and Carnaby Street in Soho, which formed the center of "Swinging London" in the Sixties.
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The area
Neighborhood: Knightsbridge
When millions of tourists want to shop 'til they drop, they do it along Brompton Road and its boutique-lined tributaries, including the world-renowned Harrods. And when millionaires want to flaunt what they've already got, many of them find Knightsbridge and Belgravia the perfect place to do so, often behind stately mansion walls or down quiet private mews. Delve beyond the ultra-luxe exterior and you'll find some of this city's cosiest pubs, quiet gardens, and all sorts of indie retailers and enterprises worth a short exercise in spontaneous window shopping. For those looking to take a break from shopping, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and some of the city's most popular museums are nearby.
How to get there
  • Knightsbridge • 3 min walk
  • Hyde Park Corner • 9 min walk
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,527 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
The area of Chelsea in west London is quite exclusive. It is a very posh area and this is reflected in the stores and the property prices.

It is served by the Tube at stations like Sloane Square where there are lots of exclusive boutiques and bars.

Sadly alot of it is out of my price range but if you have money to spend you may want to visit.
Written November 29, 2023
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Affluent, sophisticated and easy on the eye, Chelsea is a pretty area of London near to Hyde Park, South Kensington and Knightsbridge. It’s widely known as one of London’s safest and most desirable places to live. We stayed at a hotel off Bayswater, one street from Hyde Park and surrounded by large and glamorous town houses. A lovely experience.
Written August 31, 2020
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LazyEXCTP
Las Vegas, NV98 contributions
Sep 2012 • Friends
Do yourself a favor when next in London and avoid all the crazy big shopping streets
and rather spend quality time in Chelsea's King's Road.
Most big stores are there , quality smaller shops with antiques and great coffee/snack places and
such a viby great experience without the panic of Oxford st. and the like.
And the shoes at Island Blue or French Sole ...to die for !!!
Written September 27, 2012
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rkjlondon
London, UK364 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
The show had been on my list for years...I eventually got around to buying a ticket this year as I had been hoping for a free invitation from somewhere. I assure you...the show is not worth £50!!!

I would say that 85% of the place consists of market stalls trying to sell you stuff...either gardening stuff or food or ice cream...so the main activity ends up being shopping/browsing and eating.

We could not go into any of the sponsors gardens to have a close up view as they were roped off to the public...and frankly, they were nothing amazing...nothing that you have not already seen in an interiors magazine/grand designs programme or during "London Open House"...and there are not that many of them.

http://www.londonopenhouse.org/

Out of everything I saw, I found the BONSAI in the Grand Pavilion to be stunning....beautiful. I would never buy one for fear of killing it!

I see no reason to return...unless one day I get a free invitation!
Written May 26, 2012
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Karen C
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
May 2012 • Family
This was my first time at the Show and I travelled all the way from Edinburgh, it was a very expensive experience and one I won't ever do again. I was there on the first RHS members day and thought it wouldn't be as busy - wrong!! It was so busy I had to fight my way to the front to see the show gardens and had to quickly take photos as other people were pushing through - didn't even get a chance to admire the gardens. The worst thing of all was the lack of seating areas - very poor. I was there with my elderly mum and she needs little rests in between walking around, there wasn't even any benches around for the elderly. All the seating areas were jam packed, even the picnic area was that busy there wasn't any space on the grass to sit. I had bought all day tickets and only stayed for 3 hours as it was so stressful trying to find a seat for my mum as she was exhausted. I saw several elderly people getting taken away to ambulance bays. I really think the RHS should take a long hard look at how many people they sell tickets to and accommodate for seating these people. They could have less stalls as there were 2 huge lines of stalls selling items. Or they could even try to extend it to 2 weeks and let less people in on each day. I go to other Gardening Events in Scotland and I have never had an issue with seating, they always provide ample seating for their events. I'll be watching in on TV again as I know I'll get a good look at the Show Gardens etc. Spent a fortune on travel, accommodation, show tickets and lunch and was only there for 3 hours - so disappointing :(
Written August 14, 2012
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Mintcake58
Liverpool, UK1,595 contributions
Aug 2014
Nice area of London, with some very expensive houses. As a Liverpool FC supporter, I will not comment of the eponymous Premier League Team!
Written December 27, 2014
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clearlymagic
Edinburgh, UK10 contributions
Oct 2010
You need visit no other area of London if you visit London's Chelsea. The very best shopping, theatres, cinemas and people watching all in leafy pleasant streets.
Trip Advisor seems to think Soho and Carnaby Street are somewhere in this area. They aren't. It is much, much more pleasant.
Wander the Kings Road from Sloane Square, visit the Saatchi Gallery and shops. You will often find there are antiques fairs of varying quality in the beautiful town hall (across from Heals, corner of Sydney Street.) with it's painted ceilings.
The King's Road was the birthplace of punk and where the first Vivienne Westwood shop was. You won't find many mohicians there now, but the people passing by are second to none- from Rock Royalty to A list stars and don't forget London fashion week when you simply don't know who might be about!
Also worth a visit and often missed out of guides is the Chelsea Physic garden, which is simply amazing and a peaceful place to while away a hot afternoon.
You can eat both cheaply and extravagantly- Gordon Ramsay at the top end or the Stockpot for homemade food for under £10.
Written January 25, 2011
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
If you want a quick taste of what Chelsea is like, you should take a trip down the borough's most famous road, King's Road. This part of south west London has few underground stations, so you will have to rely on buses or a lot of walking.
King's Road is nearly 2 miles long. It begins at Sloane Square which is on the underground circle line. Here you start to see the flagship high end fashion stores which has made the area famous. Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood are synonymous with this street and there is the long held belief this is where the punk movement began.
Close to Sloane Square is the Saatchi Gallery. The punk area of the street is a long way down and there is very little to see today. Vivienne Westwood's shop World's End has a lot of history associated with the Sex Pistols and punk in general. Currently it is behind hoardings. The World's End area is just beyond the Bluebird Café as the street does a kink left.
Buses 11 and 22 run the length of the street and will save you a lot of walking. No 11 continues into central London terminating at Liverpool Street. It passes a lot of London's main landmarks and should be considered an attraction in its own right.
3km Catch the circle line underground to Sloane Square and start your exploration there. It is a long street
Written February 9, 2015
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cailleach8
Durham, UK50 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
A poor 2012 Show ...the show gardens all have similar plantings with cow parsley taking centre stage .... save your money and see it growing wild in the Royal Hospital grounds. Grand Pavilion is the best area ..but the rest is the same as usual. Lack of adequate seating, expensive food and drink, queues for ladies' toilets ...even a queue to wash your hands this year. Hopefully the cheaper option of Gardeners' World Live Show in Birmingham in mid June will be better value for money and more enjoyable.
Written May 23, 2012
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Michael M
Nottingham136 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
I visited this show once, and once frankly was easily enough. I paid for the first members only day, expecting it to be reasonably relaxed and not crowded. I was horribly wrong.

The site is far too small for the size of the show. It was extremely overcrowded to the extent that trying to find space in the crowd to look at a show garden was actually very difficult. One felt the need to keep constantly on the move as the crowd edged it's way along. Many of the show gardens could only be viewed from one or two limited angles.

There were too few places to get away from the crowd, and finding a place to sit down was a major feat.

There were no plants for sale as there are at the other RHS Shows. There was plenty of overpriced "tat" at stalls selling gardening related products.

The Chelsea Flower Show is not an event for seriously interested gardeners. It is part of the annual round of "upmarket" social events that the pretentious religiously put into their diaries each year. It is event to be "seen at".

If you are interested in a serious gardening experience, why not try Hampton Court or the Malvern Shows which are far more interesting, less crowded, and consequently a lot more enjoyable. You can even find somewhere to eat where you can sit down!

Chelsea might be alright to watch on TV. But don't be fooled by the apparent feeling of space. It is overcrowded, overhyped and overpriced!
Written May 20, 2015
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