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Chelsea is an affluent area, bounded to the south by the River Thames.

Its eastern boundary was once defined by the River Westbourne, which is now in a pipe above Sloane Square tube station. The modern eastern boundary is Chelsea Bridge Road and the lower half of Sloane Street, including Sloane Square, along with parts of Belgravia. To the north and northwest, the area fades into Knightsbridge and South Kensington, but it is safe to say that the area north of King’s Road as far northwest as Fulham Road is part of Chelsea.

The word Chelsea originates from the Old English term for chalk and landing place on the river. The first record of the Manor of Chelsea precedes the Domesday Book and records the fact that Thurstan, governor of the King’s Palace during the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042–1066), gave the land to the Abbot and Convent of Westminster. Abbot Gervace subsequently assigned the manor to his mother, and it passed into private ownership. The modern-day Chelsea hosted the Synod of Chelsea in 787 AD.

Chelsea once had a reputation for the manufacture of Chelsea buns (made from a long strip of sweet dough tightly coiled, with currants trapped between the layers, and topped with sugar).

King Henry VIII acquired the manor of Chelsea from Lord Sandys in 1536; Chelsea Manor Street is still extant. Two of King Henry’s wives, Catherine Parr and Anne of Cleves, lived in the Manor House; Princess Elizabeth – the future Queen Elizabeth I – resided there; and Thomas More lived more or less next door at Beaufort House. In 1609 James I established a theological college on the site of the future Chelsea Royal Hospital, which Charles II founded in 1682.

By 1694, Chelsea – always a popular location for the wealthy, and once described as ’a village of palaces’ – had a population of 3000. Even so, Chelsea remained rural and served London to the east as a market garden, a trade that continued until the 19th-century development boom which caused the final absorption of the district into the metropolis.

Chelsea shone, brightly but briefly, in the 1960s Swinging London period and the early 1970s. The Swinging Sixties was defined on King’s Road, which runs the length of the area. The Western end of Chelsea featured boutiques Granny Takes a Trip and The Sweet Shop, the latter of which sold medieval silk velvet caftans, tabards and floor cushions, with many of the cultural cognoscenti of the time being customers, including Keith Richards, Twiggy and many others.

The exclusivity of Chelsea as a result of its high property prices has historically resulted in the term Sloane Ranger to be used to describe its residents. From 2011, Channel 4 broadcast a reality television show called Made in Chelsea, documenting the ’glitzy’ lives of several young people living in Chelsea. Moreover, Chelsea is home to one of the largest communities of Americans living outside of the United States, with 6.53% of Chelsea-residents being born in the United States.


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Chelsea Chelsea is an affluent area, bounded to the south by the River Thames.

THE STREETS OF CHELSEA
Adrian Mews, SW10 Adrian Mews is a small mews off of Ifield Road.
Alexander Square, SW3 Alexander Square is a garden square in Chelsea.
Alpha Place, SW3 Alpha Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Anderson Street, SW3 Anderson Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ann Lane, SW10 Ann Lane is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Antiquarius, SW3 Antiquarius is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ashburnham Road, SW10 Ashburnham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Beauchamp Place, SW3 Beauchamp Place was also the name of a 16th-century mansion of the Seymour family.
Beaufort Street, SW3 Beaufort Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Billing Road, SW10 Billing Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Billing Street, SW10 Billing Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Blacklands Terrace, SW3 Blacklands Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Blantyre Street, SW10 Blantyre Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Bloomfield Terrace, SW1W Bloomfield Terrace is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Bolton Gardens Mews, SW10 Bolton Gardens Mews is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Bramerton Street, SW3 Bramerton Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Bray Place, SW3 Bray Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Brompton Road, SW7 Brompton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Bull’s Gardens, SW3 Bull’s Gardens is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Burnaby Street, SW10 Burnaby Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Burnsall Street, SW3 Burnsall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Bury Walk, SW3 Bury Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Bywater Street, SW3 Bywater Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Cadogan Gardens, SW3 Cadogan Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cadogan Gate S.W 1, SW1X This is a street in the SW1X postcode area
Cadogan Pier, SW3 Cadogan Pier is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cadogan Square, SW1X Cadogan Square was built between 1877 and 1888, largely on the grounds of the Prince’s Club.
Cadogan Street, SW3 Cadogan Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cale Street, SW3 Cale Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Carmichael Close, SW11 A street within the SW10 postcode
Caversham Street, SW3 Caversham Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Chapel Walk, SW10 Chapel Walk is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Charles II Place, SW3 Charles II Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W Chelsea Bridge Road was built in the 1850s to connect Chelsea with its bridge.
Chelsea Crescent, SW10 Chelsea Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Chelsea Embankment, SW3 Chelsea Embankment is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Chelsea Manor Street, SW3 Chelsea Manor Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Chelsea Reach, SW10 Chelsea Reach is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Chelsea Studios, SW10 Chelsea Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Chelsea Towers, SW3 Chelsea Towers is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Chelsea Wharf, SW10 Chelsea Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Cheltenham Terrace, SW3 Cheltenham Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cheylesmore House, SW1W Residential block
Cheyne Court, SW3 Cheyne Court is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cheyne Mews, SW3 Cheyne Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Cheyne Place, SW3 Cheyne Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cheyne Walk, SW3 Cheyne Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Chipperfield House Sutton Estate, SW3 Chipperfield House Sutton Estate is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Christchurch Terrace, SW3 Christchurch Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Clover Mews, SW3 Clover Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Colebrook Court, SW3 Colebrook Court is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Coleherne Mews, SW10 Coleherne Mews is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Coleherne Road, SW10 Coleherne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Coulson Street, SW3 Coulson Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cremorne Road, SW10 Cremorne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Crescent Place, SW3 Crescent Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Cresswell Gardens, SW10 Cresswell Gardens is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Cresswell Place, SW10 Cresswell Place is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Culford Gardens, SW3 Culford Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Damer Terrace, SW10 Damer Terrace is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Danube Street, SW3 Danube Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Danvers Street, SW3 Sir John Danvers (died 1655) introduced Italian gardens to England in his mansion Danvers House whose grounds spread from the river to the Kings Road.
Dartrey Tower, SW10 Dartrey Tower is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Denyer Street, SW3 Denyer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Dilke Street, SW3 Dilke Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Donne Place, SW3 Donne Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Dovehouse Street, SW3 Dovehouse Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Draycott Avenue, SW3 Draycott Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Draycott Place, SW3 Draycott Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Dudmaston Mews, SW3 Dudmaston Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
East Road, SW10 East Road is a road in the SW10 postcode area
East Road, SW3 East Road is a road in the SW3 postcode area
East Terrace, SW10 East Terrace is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Ebury Bridge Road, SW1W Ebury Bridge Road used to lead to Ebury Bridge which spanned the Grosvenor Canal.
Edith Terrace, SW10 Edith Terrace is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Edith Yard Edith Grove, SW10 Edith Yard Edith Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Egerton Crescent, SW3 Egerton Crescent was described in 2013 as "the most expensive street in Britain".
Egerton Gardens, SW3 Egerton Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Egerton Terrace, SW3 Egerton Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Elm Park Gardens, SW10 Elm Park Gardens links Fulham Road with Elm Park Road.
Elm Park Mansions, SW10 Elm Park Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Elm Park Road, SW3 Elm Park Road is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Elm Place, SW3 Elm Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Elystan Place, SW3 Elystan Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Embankment Gardens, SW3 Embankment Gardens is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Esher House, SW10 Residential block
Farrier Walk, SW10 Farrier Walk is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Fawcett Street, SW10 Fawcett Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Fernshaw Close, SW10 Fernshaw Close is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Fernshaw Road, SW10 Fernshaw Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Finborough Road, SW10 Finborough Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
First Street, SW3 First Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Flood Street, SW3 Flood Street commemorates Luke Thomas Flood (d.1860) a major Chelsea land owner and a benefactor of the poor.
Flood Walk, SW3 Flood Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Foulis Terrace, SW3 Foulis Terrace is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Franklins Row, SW3 Franklins Row is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Fulham Road, SW3 Fulham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Gertrude Street, SW10 Gertrude Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Gilston Road, SW10 Gilston Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Glebe Place, SW3 Glebe Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Glynde Mews, SW3 Glynde Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Godfrey Street, SW3 Godfrey Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Greaves Tower, SW10 Greaves Tower is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Gunter Grove, SW10 Gunter Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Halsey Street, SW3 Halsey Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Hans Place, SW1X Hans Place, a square, is named after Sir Hans Sloane, physician and collector, whose bequest became the foundation of the British Museum.
Harcourt Terrace, SW10 Harcourt Terrace is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Hasker Street, SW3 Hasker Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Hilary Close, SW6 Hilary Close is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Hobury Street, SW10 Hobury Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Hortensia Road, SW10 Hortensia Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Ifield Road, SW10 Ifield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Ives Street, SW3 Ives Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ixworth Place, SW3 Ixworth Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Joubert Mansions, SW3 Joubert Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Jubilee Place, SW3 Jubilee Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Justice Walk, SW3 Justice Walk is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Kimbolton Row, SW3 Kimbolton Row is a road in the SW3 postcode area
King’s Road, SW10 This is a street in the SW10 postcode area
Kings Road, SW10 Kings Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Kings Road, SW3 Kings Road is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Kramer Mews, SW5 Kramer Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Lamont Road, SW10 Lamont Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Lennox Gardens Mews, SW1X Lennox Gardens Mews is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Lennox Gardens, SW1X Lennox Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Lewis Estate, SW3 Lewis Estate is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
London House, SW10 Residential block
Lordship Place, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Lots Road, SW10 Lots Road, older than the surrounding streets, was once Pooles Lane which was a track leading to Chelsea Farm.
Lucan Place, SW3 Lucan Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Mallord Street, SW3 Mallord Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Markham Square, SW3 Markham Square is a garden square laid out in 1836.
Markham Street, SE17 A street within the SW3 postcode
Marlborough Street, SW3 Marlborough Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Milborne Grove, SW10 Milborne Grove was built between 1851 and 1862.
Milner Street, SW3 Milner Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Moore Street, SW3 Moore Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Moravian Place, SW10 Moravian Place is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Netherton Grove, SW10 Netherton Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Neville Street, SW7 Neville Street is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Nightingale Place, SW10 Nightingale Place is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
North Terrace, SW3 North Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
North Terrace, SW7 North Terrace is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Oakley Gardens, SW3 Oakley Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Oakley Street, SW3 Oakley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Old Brompton Road, SW5 Old Brompton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Old Brompton Road, SW6 Old Brompton Road is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Old Church Street, SW3 Old Church Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ormonde Gate, SW3 Ormonde Gate is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Ovington Gardens, SW3 Ovington Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ovington Square, SW3 Ovington Square is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ovington Street, SW3 Ovington Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Owen Close, UB4 Owen Close is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Park Walk, SW10 Park Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Paultons Square, SW3 Paultons Square, a garden square, was built in 1836–40 on the site of a former market garden.
Paultons Street, SW3 Paultons Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Pavilion Road, SW1X Pavilion Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Pelham Court, SW3 Pelham Court is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Petyt Place, SW3 Petyt Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Petyward, SW3 Petyward is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Pier House, SW3 Residential block
Plaza, SW10 Plaza is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Pond House, SW3 Residential block
Pond Place, SW3 Pond Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Pont St Mews, SW1X Pont St Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Porters Lodge, SW3 Porters Lodge is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Queens Elm Parade, SW3 Queens Elm Parade is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Raasay Street, SW10 Raasay Street ran from Dartrey Road to Edith Grove.
Radnor Walk, SW3 Radnor Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ramsay Mews, SW3 Ramsay Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Ranelagh Grove, SW1W Ranelagh Grove was formerly called Wilderness Row and Ranelagh Walk.
Rawlings Street, SW3 Rawlings Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Redburn Street, SW3 Redburn Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Redcliffe Gardens, SW10 Redcliffe Gardens began life as Walnut Tree Walk, a pathway running through nurseries and market gardens.
Redcliffe Mews, SW10 Redcliffe Mews is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Redcliffe Road, SW10 Redcliffe Road is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Redcliffe Square, SW10 Redcliffe Square was built as part of the Gunter estate in the 1860s.
Redcliffe Street, SW10 Redcliffe Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Rich Lane, SW5 Rich Lane is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Riley Street, SW10 Riley Street is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Robinson Street, SW3 Robinson Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Rose Square, SW3 Rose Square is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Royal Avenue, SW3 Royal Avenue is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Royal Hospital Road, SW3 Royal Hospital Road is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Selwood Place, SW7 Selwood Place is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Seymour Walk, SW10 Seymour Walk was almost entirely built between the 1790s-1820s in an area then known as Little Chelsea.
Shalcomb Street, SW10 Shalcomb Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Shawfield Street, SW3 Shawfield Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Sloane Court East, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Sloane Court West, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Smith Street, SW3 Smith Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
South Parade, SW3 South Parade is a road in the SW3 postcode area
South Walk, SW10 South Walk is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Sprimont Place, SW3 Sprimont Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
St Barnabas Mews, SW1W St Barnabas Mews is a road in the SW1W postcode area
St Barnabas Street, SW1W St Barnabas Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
St Catherine’s Mews, SW3 St Catherine’s Mews is a road in the SW3 postcode area
St Loo Avenue, SW3 St Loo Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
St Lukes Church Hall, SW10 St Lukes Church Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
St Lukes Street, SW3 St Lukes Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
St. Leonard’s Terrace, SW3 St. Leonard’s Terrace is a road in the SW3 postcode area
St. Loo Avenue, SW3 St. Loo Avenue is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Stadium Street, SW10 Stadium Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Sydner Mews, N16 A street within the SW7 postcode
Sydney Close, SW3 Sydney Close is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Tadema Road, SW10 Tadema Road was named after Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Tedworth Gardens, SW3 Tedworth Gardens is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Tedworth Square, SW3 Tedworth Square is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Terrace Walk, SW3 Terrace Walk is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Tetcott Road, SW10 Tetcott Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
The Boltons, SW10 The Boltons is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
The Courtyard, SW3 The Courtyard is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
The Little Boltons, SW10 The Little Boltons - originally called "The Grove" - connects Old Brompton Road with Tregunter Road.
The Plaza, SW10 The Plaza is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Thistle Grove, SW10 Thistle Grove is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Thorndike Close, SW10 Thorndike Close is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Tite Street, SW3 Tite Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Tregunter Road, SW10 Development began at the east end of Tregunter Road in 1851 and was complete by 1866 at the west end.
Tryon Street, SW3 Tryon Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Upcerne Road, SW10 Upcerne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Uverdale Road, SW10 Uverdale Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Walpole Street, SW3 Walpole Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Walton Street, SW3 Walton Street runs through the heart of Chelsea.
Wandon Road, SW6 Wandon Road is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Wellington Buildings, SW1W Wellington Buildings is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
West Road, SW3 West Road is a road in the SW3 postcode area
West Road, SW5 West Road is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Westgate Terrace, SW10 Westgate Terrace is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Wetherby Mansions, SW5 Wetherby Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Whistler Walk, SW10 Whistler Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Whitehead’s Grove, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Whitehead’s Grove, SW3 This is a street in the SW3 postcode area
Whiteheads Grove, SW3 Whiteheads Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Wiltshire Close, SW3 Wiltshire Close is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Woodfall Street, SW3 Woodfall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
World’s End Passage, SW10 World’s End Passage is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Worlds End Place, SW10 Worlds End Place is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Yeomans Row, SW3 Yeomans Row is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.




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Sands End
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Gloucester Road, 1866
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Walton Street, SW3
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Lowndes Street, c. 1905.
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Petworth Street sign
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The Fascination of Chelsea
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Royal Hospital, Chelsea
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