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Chelsea, London

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Chelsea is an affluent area in southwest London, bounded to the south by the River Thames. Its frontage runs from Chelsea Bridge along the Chelsea Embankment, Cheyne Walk, Lots Road and Chelsea Harbour. 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. To the north and northwest, the area fades into Knightsbridge and Brompton, 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 football club Chelsea F.C. is based at Stamford Bridge, which straddles the border between Chelsea and Fulham.The district is almost entirely within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with the exception of Chelsea Harbour, located within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. From 1900, and until the creation of Greater London in 1965, it formed the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea in the County of London.
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  • This is an effluent area by the River Thames. The area is adorned with many hidden squares with white pillared Victorian houses, shiny brand new cars and a wide selection of restaurants and shops. It ...  more »
  • King's Road shopping. Not as trendy as in the 1960s. Habitat has lost its first floor restaurant. Peter Jones (great refurbishment with floors sweeping around central atrium). Saatchi Gallery (hugely ...  more »
  • The location on the map for this 'Chelsea' is totally wrong. It is about the Chelsea Flower Show and that is at the Chelsea Royal Hospital grounds. The website refers to the RHS, so that is good. The ...  more »

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Many of London's main attractions are spread out, so nearby public transportation is key. There is no downtown area as such in London, and some of the least expensive hotels have more convenient access to tourist sites than the costlier ones. For a quintessential London experience, consider staying in the West End. This part of town offers excellent theaters, historical sites, and eating and shopping options for every taste. Lodging won’t be cheap, but you’ll have the colorful variety of London life right at your doorstep. Look at Notting Hill or Chelsea for charming and less expensive boutique hotels and B&Bs.
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