We’re all smitten here at London Perfect with the Pelham, a marvelously modern, high spec yet cosy, two bedroom apartment in Chelsea. It was love at first sight when we stepped in off the charming street lined with classic brick buildings into this contemporary dream of an apartment … the burst of red in the sleek leather chairs, the warmth of the gorgeous woodwork, the gloss on the crisp, white kitchen cupboards and the beds just perfect for sinking in after a day of shopping in London. With its style, design and good looks, this apartment really speaks for itself. But one of the pleasures of doing what we do is getting to share about our very special finds in London with our guests!
This remarkable apartment has been completely remodelled–from the enviable electronic features to the gorgeous bathrooms and the oh so modern kitchen–and fitted out with beautiful and stylish furniture. This is London class in one of London’s classiest neighbourhoods. You can read more about the Pelham and view the slide show of photos here, but we thought it would be fun to take you along on a stroll through the neighbourhood to show you even more reasons why we fell in love with this gorgeous Chelsea apartment.
Sit back, relax and enjoy this virtual stroll through the best of Chelsea!
Stroll Along the Thames
The Pelham is located on a quiet street just between King’s Road and the Thames, which means you’re perfectly situated for exploring Chelsea. Turn one way and in a few minutes you’ll be walking along the Thames with a view of the colourful Albert Bridge, which crosses over to Battersea Park. Why not stroll along Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Embankment or cross over for a walk through the park?
King’s Road Shopping
From the Pelham, just head around the corner the other direction at you’ll be at King’s Road, one of the most popular shopping streets in London. And it’s right on your doorstep! Lined with boutiques of all kinds–from international names to British classics and unique boutiques–this is a shopper’s dream. You’ll also find tons of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and classic British pubs dotted here and there in between the shops. Londoners and visitors alike head to King’s Road for the fun atmosphere, outstanding shopping and charm, and it’s just around the corner from the Pelham!
Chelsea Physic Garden
There’s so much to see and do in Chelsea, but one spot garden enthusiasts won’t want to miss is the Chelsea Physic Garden. Founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, this is London’s oldest botanic garden and a peaceful spot tucked away amid the rows of brick homes in Chelsea. Still an active botanic garden, stop by to enjoy a tour or dine at the lovely Tangerine Dream Cafe.
Stroll down the street and cross over the Albert Bridge and you’ll find the beginning of Battersea Park. Founded in 1858, this huge Victorian planned garden covers 200 acres and features a boating lake, petting zoo, sculptures, the well-known Buddhist peace pagoda and lots of landscape to explore during a nice walk or run.
Ahhh … after all that exercise it’s time for something delicious that will really hit the spot. Where better to head than the Bluebird Restaurant and Cafe on King’s Road? This historic auto garage has been lovingly transformed into a trendy restaurant, cafe, bar, coffee shop, gourmet wine and food store, stylish boutique and … of course … a spa! (Yes, it is practically perfect in every way…) Whether you’re enjoying dinner or drinks in the courtyard or stopping in the cellar for a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner at home at the Pelham, it’s marvellous to have the Bluebird just around the corner!
Chelsea Flower Show
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting London during the Chelsea Flower Show in May and were able to score tickets to this hot event, then you’ll be able to simply stroll over to the Royal Hospital Grounds to enjoy the show. One of the world’s most famous gardening events of the year, the Chelsea Flower Show is a must for green thumbs. Just check out our Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Review to find out why!
Thomas Carlyle’s House
So you’ve wined and dined in the courtyard of Bluebird, had an afternoon tea at the Tangerine Dream Cafe in Chelsea Physic Garden, shopped until you dropped along King’s Road …. now what? Well, there’s always something to do in Chelsea, and you might just be interested in a spot of literary London history to tide you over one afternoon. If you went back in time … let’s say to the mid 19th century … walking through the streets of Chelsea around the Pelham you might have just bumped into a chap named Oscar Wilde or a rather striking fellow named Whistler or perhaps even Thomas Carlyle himself. Chelsea was the spot for a group of rather avant garde artists and writers and the area has had a literary tradition ever since. Mark Twain even stayed in Chelsea for a couple of years, and you’ll spot blue plaques a plenty in the neighbourhood. You can visit Carlyle’s House where the philosopher and historian lived from 1834 until 1882.
Perhaps the finest pleasure of staying in Chelsea is having the chance to stroll through the streets and enjoy the historic buildings, Victorian architecture, rows upon rows of brick homes and all the colors and charms of Chelsea. Just walking through the neighbourhood we’re always pulling out the camera to snap photos of the streets, beautiful homes, great shopping spots and historic signs. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by so much history … and having it all just a short stroll away!
Take the Bus & Underground All Over London!
And just in case you’re not familiar with the Chelsea area, it’s a great spot for getting around London. The Pelham is ideally located right near King’s Road where tons of bus lines pass by that criss cross all over central London. The buses are our favorite way to get around in London since they’re well connected, less expensive than the Tube and–the very best part–you get you enjoy sightseeing along the way from the upper level of the bus! Find out more about how to take the bus in London here.
We hope you enjoyed this virtual walk around Chelsea and just a handful of all that there is to see in do right at your fingertips at the Pelham vacation rental in London!