A residential nature is a central aspect of Chelsea, alongside established local facilities.
The largest online search volume for Chelsea relates to Stamford Bridge, although there is far more to a colourful, historic area. Now part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea but separate for many centuries.
The word Chelsea (also Chelceth, or Chelsey,) is traceable to the 7th century and derives from the old English for landing place on the river. Well established by the time the Synod of Chelsea was held in 787 AD.
A popular description of the area as “a village of palaces” continued, with two of Henry VIII’s wives living in Chelsea Manor House. Local commerce matched the ethos, with high end market gardens, Chelsea porcelain factory and a silkworm farm.
Kings Road was a private route for Charles II and Chelsea buns were popular with later members of the Court. They were however equally popular with London’s population and sold in huge numbers at local fairs.
Part of cosmopolitan change, with artists such as Rossetti, Turner and Whistler enjoying the area in the 19th century, along with writers from Swinburne to Carlyle. A precursor to the swinging 60s and modern times.
The Present Day
Chelsea holds stunning architecture from many eras and recent times have seen notable development, often near the Thames. Chelsea Harbour is recognised for a residential balance, with fine night time views.
The whole of Chelsea maintains an affluent, yet welcoming feel. Friendly bistros mix with high end restaurants, small boutiques with Peter Jones and Harvey Nichols, traditional garden squares with pedestrian precincts.
A metropolitan population matches the variety of facilities, with residents and visitors from the US, Europe, the Middle East, most regions of the globe. People travel to Chelsea for many reasons, including the reason we are there.
A range of wellness and natural health clinics are locally available and one of the highest densities of private GP surgeries, along with specialist clinics.
There are valuable NHS facilities, such as the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. In a good location to cover central London, or beyond, part of the reason we chose SW10, helpful for patients and the wider medical community.
As a respected London dermatologist and in particular, a skin cancer centre, we see patients referred from across the capital and those who travel further. All our team hope you enjoy the time in a fine place to be.