The ten best and worst things about living in Chelsea
By Sean Ford | May 29, 2014
Chelsea, part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has long been considered one of the most desirable areas of London in which to live. With a central London location, great shops and lively nightlife, it’s an ideal place for anyone looking to experience the London lifestyle to the full. But, there are also some negative aspects of Chelsea life that might make you stop and think about whether it really is the right place for you. Here are our ten best and worst things about Chelsea.
Chelsea is in West London, with the southern boundary of the district formed by the River Thames. It is one of the most desirable areas to live in central London, with great shopping and leisure opportunities. It’s easy to get around and offers easy travel to other areas of London. For location, it’s hard to beat.
Chelsea has many beautiful properties, both old and new. When you think of Chelsea and properties, most people think of very expensive large apartments and houses and Chelsea does contain some of the most expensive streets in the capital, such as Cheyne Walk. However, there are smaller, more affordable, properties to be found if you look hard, including studios and housing association properties. However, it is Chelsea and so in this case, ‘more affordable’ still means more expensive than other similar properties in other areas of the city.
Chelsea is renowned for the wealth of shopping opportunities it can offer to the determined shopper. From the King’s Road to the luxury boutiques of Sloan Street you can find virtually anything you want from high fashion to designer labels in Chelsea. If you are a serious shopper, then Chelsea is a great spot for you.
4. Public transport
Chelsea is well served by public transport to help you get around London including numerous bus routs and the underground. However, one particular feature that can be enjoyed by Chelsea residents is commuting via the Thames. The Thames Clippers are fast frequent boats that call at Chelsea Harbour Pier and Cadogan Pier and offer a fast service up and down the river as far as Canary Wharf. An ideal way to travel, with much less traffic than the roads!
One specific downside of life in Chelsea is that it is not cheap. Properties in the area are very sought after, particularly by foreign buyers and prices reflect the desirability of the area. Rents are also higher than in other areas of the capital so if you want to live the Chelsea life, you need to be prepared to pay for it.
6. Availability of property
As well as being more expensive than many other areas of the city, property in Chelsea can move very fast as and when it comes on the market. If you are looking to buy or rent, you need to be in a position to move fast to secure the property you want.
7. Green Space
There are over 30 parks which are managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea so despite it being a central location, there are still plenty of green spaces available for outdoor activities. And bear in mind that as a resident of Chelsea, you are within walking distance of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, two of the largest open spaces in the city.
If schools and education form part of your consideration when looking at an area to live, then Chelsea offers a good range of educational choices. There are a number of state primaries, secondaries and sixth form colleges, together with a large range of independent fee-paying schools, including prep schools.
Chelsea is renowned for the range of bars and restaurants. Tom’s Kitchen, Bluebird and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay are just some of the better known eating places but whatever type of cuisine you are looking for can probably be found in Chelsea. And once you’ve eaten you can hit any of the bars or clubs that are found along the King’s Road. If you like your nightlife, then Chelsea is definitely a location to consider.
10. “Made in Chelsea”
You will probably have heard of the TV programme “Made in Chelsea”. If you have, it might have put you off the area for good! It does, to some extent, reflect the type of person that you may come across when living in the area so you can use your own judgement as to whether that is a positive or a