Chelsea

This smartly-styled central London neighborhood works hard and roots hard (for their native football team).

Smirking along the banks of the Thames, pomp and circumstance precedes Chelsea’s bohemian-turned-businessman reputation. Influential bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones lent their stardom to Chelsea during the 60s. The neighborhood’s Swinging London era fame has abated, and its cadre of punks and hippies has grown into sleek-suited business people stepping out of chic townhomes. Chelsea isn’t always polite—its residents root ferociously for their home team, Chelsea FC.

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On the Map

Chelsea is within RB of Kensington and Chelsea and bordered by Sands End, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Pimlico, Nine Elms, Earls Court, Fulham, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea, and LB of Wandsworth

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 35 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 40 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 60 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 40 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 30 minutes on the tube

Chelsea's King's Road: A Corridor of Couture Style

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Chelsea's King's Road attracts as many street-style photographers as it does fashionistas. For good reason, too – the road overflows with designer boutiques, exclusive clubs, and swanky bars and cars.

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Fast cars, glitzy lights, and high–end stores are common sights along The King's Road in Chelsea.

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Whether it's your car or your canine, stylishness is a prerequisite in the neighborhood.

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Looking good is tiring work.

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If it's shopping you are after, Sloane Street and the King's Road offer dozens of designer and world famous shops including Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Versace, Chanel, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Cartier - the list goes on and on."

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Perfect window displays beckon passers-by to become clients.

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Fishmongers, florists, and fresh food stalls fill Chelsea's pavement.

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Chelsea's Cafe Culture

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Besides its chic style, Chelsea's second best attribute is perhaps its cafe culture.

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Coffee, pastries, and open tables invite you to spend some time observing life for a while.

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Come to Chelsea.

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The neighborhood itself is beautiful and interesting, and you can easily walk to many great places such as the nature and science museums and Hyde park."

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Around Chelsea

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The Saatchi Gallery keeps Chelsea current. The gallery exhibits contemporary works by young and international artists.

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The Royal Court Theatre showcases new plays by innovative writers.

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The first headquarters of Michelin tires celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2011. Today, the Art Deco structure is renowned for its stained glass windows and fancy facade.

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Chelsea Football Club keeps the silverware rolling in and the supporters coming back every week with their big name players.

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The Royal Hospital Chelsea cares for aged British soldiers. Come to Chelsea.

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He's been waiting.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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