Local area guide

Living in Chelsea

Thinking about moving to Chelsea? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools are like, transport connections and so much more.

Your guide to moving to Chelsea

Why Chelsea is a good place to live

Located in the attractive heart of southwest London, Chelsea offers a vibrant yet charming experience. Renowned for its stunning Victorian townhouses and elegant architecture, this place is sure to please the eye. Benefiting from plenty of greenery, scenic riverside walks along the Thames are always pleasant. The area is also famous for its high-end lifestyle, with numerous upscale restaurants and exclusive boutiques. The neighbourhood is well connected by public transport, offering quick access to the culture and energy of central London. For families, high-rated schools in Chelsea contribute to a solid educational base. If you are moving to Chelsea, expect a vibrant lifestyle that combines tranquillity with excitement.

What's Chelsea famous for?

Chelsea draws fame from a variety of sources. One of the major attractions is the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, an annual spectacle for horticulture enthusiasts from around the world. Shopping aficionados revel at King’s Road, dotted with world-class retailers and fashionable boutiques. Stamford Bridge, the stomping ground for the prestigious Chelsea Football Club, is a must visit for football fans. Furthermore, several renowned literary figures like Agatha Christie have graced the streets of Chelsea with their presence, adding a literary charm to the neighbourhood.

Things to do in Chelsea

If you're a culture vulture, Chelsea won't disappoint. Visit the Saatchi Gallery to soak up modern art, or the National Army Museum for an insight into Britain's military history. The Duke of York Square Market is a perfect spot for foodies to indulge in local produce every Saturday. Spend tranquil afternoons at the Chelsea Physic Garden, home to a myriad of exotic plant species. For fitness enthusiasts, you'll find local spin classes providing a fun, energetic training environment. If you enjoy live performances, relish some of London’s best new theatre at the Royal Court Theatre. Firmly rooted in the unique blend of luxury and heritage, Chelsea guarantees a delightful experience.

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Properties currently for sale in Chelsea

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Transport in Chelsea

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Chelsea.

Local connections

Cadogan Pier
Ferry Port
0.3 miles / 0.5 km
South Kensington
0.5 miles / 0.8 km
Sloane Square
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Gloucester Road
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
1 miles / 1.6 km
Chelsea Harbour Pier
Ferry Port
1.1 miles / 1.8 km

Schools in Chelsea

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Chelsea.

Education in Chelsea

The Hampshire School Chelsea
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Oratory Roman Catholic Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)
Christ Church CofE Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2013)
Cameron Vale School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Marlborough Primary School
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Park Walk Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2021)

Local pubs in Chelsea

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  • Ivy Chelsea Garden

    London SW3

    Located on London’s enduringly desirable King’s Road, The Ivy Chelsea Garden brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy on West Street to a relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining restaurant in the heart of Chelsea.

  • Sydney Arms

    London SW3

    Our philosophy is simple. Great food made with the best ingredients, cooked to perfection and served in a relaxed atmosphere - together with superb wines, spirits and a fantastic choice of real ales and beers.

  • Builders Arms

    London SW3

    A trendy gastro pub situated in the back streets of Chelsea, The Builders Arms has plenty to offer from fresh British food, great wine & delicious guest ales.

  • Phene Arms

    Chelsea, London, SW3

    Tucked away in a leafy enclave just a short walk from the King’s Road, you’ll find our iconic Chelsea pub, The Phene.

  • Coopers Arms

    London SW3

    Fantastic food, real ales, great wines, beer garden, dog loving & free wifi. Book our Albert Room for your party.

  • Cadogan Arms

    London SW3

    Nominated for Time Out's “Best New Gastro Pub', The Cadogan Arms is situated on London's famous King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea.