Things to do in Chelsea
Indulge in some shopping
Many people imagine that the residents of Chelsea only do two things: shopping and brunching. Which may not be that far from the truth… If you do feel like treating yourself to something nice (or just checking out some displays), King’s Road, Duke of York Square and Sloane Street are three places you could start with. They will keep you occupied at least for a day or two. Each has its own unique character. King’s Road is eclectic, Duke of York Square is mostly home to high-street brands and Sloane Street is designer. If you don’t know what you’re after, start with King’s Road as there really is everything in its many boutiques, designer outfits and chain shops of high street brands. Given the opportunity, drop by the Chelsea farmer’s market as well. Despite its name, it’s a collection of shops and not a market.
Have a moment of calm
Being a residential area, Chelsea is not exceptionally busy. However, it’s still nice to take a break from the London crowds. Chelsea Physic Garden is one place that offers such a respite. It’s home to many medicinal and edible plant species, and if 5,000 is not enough for you, Royal Chelsea Hospital gardens are just next door. It’s also a lovely place for a walk if you have time to kill before your gay massage elsewhere in Chelsea. You can have a guided tour or just wander around and visit the old Victorian glasshouses. The Mental Health garden is very interesting, with plants there designed to stimulate your senses – touch, hearing, smell. Just sit down on a bench provided and allow yourself to switch off for a minute or two. The cafe at the Chelsea Physic Garden is also lovely and the quality of food and drink is generally good.
Soak up some art
The main attraction for art lovers in Chelsea is, of course, the Saatchi Gallery. It’s focused on contemporary art, so although you’ll find some historical artwork, it’s less about the history of modern art and more about the cutting edge. Saatchi shot artists like Tracey Emin and Damien Hurst to the fame. So this is your opportunity to spot the next big name! The galleries can get quite crowded when there is a big name exhibition on, so try to avoid peak times and leave your coat in the cloakroom. Another tip: working hours displayed on Google can be incorrect. Sometimes the gallery closes earlier, so do call ahead to check if visiting late. If you get hungry, there’s a restaurant on the premises. However, with many eateries around, it’s far from being your only option.