Chelsea History

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Chelsea History

Chelsea has a bohemian heritage and is known today for its high-end dining, couture glamour, independent boutiques, iconic hotels, rich history and full cultural calendar for all tastes.

One of London’s best loved neighbourhoods

For centuries, Chelsea has been a haven for artists, authors, musicians and designers – from Dante Gabriel Rossetti to The Rolling Stones and Vivienne Westwood. Whistler and Turner settled here to paint the picturesque riverside, while writers who called Chelsea home include AA Milne, author of beloved ‘Winnie the Pooh’, infamous writer and poet Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, creator of Count Dracula. Blue plaques commemorating these masters pepper the area today.

Today, visitors from across the world are drawn to its cultural attractions, including the Saatchi Gallery, a world leading contemporary art gallery in a beautiful listed building. The Royal Court Theatre pioneers new work by innovative writers and Cadogan Hall, a converted Byzantine-style church, is now one of London’s leading concert venues and home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.