Well worth a visit, just off the Chelsea Embankment. (Look out for the statue of Carlyle at the bottom of Cheyne Row). Ideal for a rainy afternoon. The house is charming and just as it was in the 19th century. Amazing to think that Chelsea then was rural so the rent was cheap. Living conditions were basic - there was no bathroom and they and their famous visitors used a privy in the garden. (have a peek, it has been lovingly restored!) The poor maid had a hard lot in life with a bed in the kitchen. You don't need to know anything about the Carlyles before you go because there is a lot of information available as you wander around and the guides are very knowledgeable. The NT guidebook is worth buying and good value at £3.50. You will be fascinated by the accounts of their troubled marriage and just how celebrated they were. All the famous Victorians came to see them so there are also accounts of Dickens, Tennyson, George Eliot, and many more. A thoroughly satisfying experience. PS if you want to go to a nice pub afterwards, stroll up the adjacent road, Old Church Street, until you get to The Pig's Ear.
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