Chelsea's bohemian reputation and current run of popularity began in the 1960s, when it was known as a favourite haunt of celebrities and artists. Today, it continues to attract visitors and residents with its fashionable retaurants, clubs, and boutiques set in beautiful riverside and parkside locations or along the grand stucco-fronted streets.
There is a significant number of second homes in Chelsea. It's also typically thought of as an exclusive neighbourhood.
As with many areas of affluent central London, it is a relatively safe place to live, and the largest share of crimes committed involve various types of theft.
Parking in Chelsea can be difficult and expensive. About a third of residents have access to a car.
There are two long high streets lined with bars, pubs, and restaurants. There are also numerous nightclubs in Chelsea, many of them exclusive in the sense that that they are very expensive.
Family homes in Chelsea will set you back millions of pounds, but for those who can afford to buy or rent here, there are numerous excellent private schools in the area. Particularly considering its central location, Chelsea has a great deal of green and open spaces, as well as a stretch of riverside.
Particularly considering its central location, Chelsea has a great deal of green and open spaces, as well as a stretch of riverside. Some homes, including flats, are relatively spacious and suitable for pets.
The only Tube station really in Chelsea is Sloane Square (Circle and District lines, Zone 1), but Knightsbridge Tube is nearby (Piccadilly Line, Zone 1), as are South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle, and District lines, Zone 1) West Brompton (Overground and Southern Trains) and Fulham Broadway (District line, Zone 2). There are are numerous bus routes that serve the area at all times of day.