Framed by the Embankment and the River Thames, the charming, leafy streets of Chelsea include some of London’s most sought after and sophisticated residential property for sale. While its many mews streets and cul-de sacs may be blissfully peaceful, the neighborhood’s heart is the Kings Road. Originally built as a private road for King Charles II in 1694, the iconic street stretches 2 miles from bustling Sloane Square down to World’s End and onto the neighborhoods of Fulham and Parsons Green.
Chelsea first hit its heyday in the Swinging Sixties, when the Kings Road become a symbol and favored hang-out for ‘mod culture’. It is here that Led Zepplin had his record shop and swinging vixens would strut their stuff in thigh high boots as they browsed the trendy boutiques. The area has retained its reputation as one of London’s most stylish shopping streets, enlivened with chic bistros, boutiques and art institutions that now cater to the Old-Money aristocrats and international jet-set who choose the neighborhood as their home.
Head east along Stanley Street and you’ll come to Chelsea’s equally chic little sister, South Kensington. Defined by its café culture, it is more of a glamorous melting pot for European expats than the British landed gentry. While both neighborhoods retain an intimate village feel, South Kensington is also home to the world famous Natural History and Victoria & Albert museums, and a short stroll to the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park.