chelsea flower show, Chelsea hospital. chelsea pensioners, cheyne walk, Dickens, Duke of York House, king's road chelsea, rossetti, Saatchi Galleryrhouse ;, Sir Thomas More, Sylvia Pankhurst, thomas carlyle, V&A museum cafe, whistler
We start with the huge posh houses where Sloanies live. Then it’s Duke of York House, which is much better known as an art gallery. One cute little road later we’re at the Chelsea Hospital of red coated pensioners fame. We walk through the beautiful grounds and buildings and get a great view of where the Chelsea Flower show takes place too. Then it’s along the embankment for unusual view of the river – we see a pagoda and a Buddha for example!We then head along Cheyne Walk, which must have had more famous people live in it than any other road in the country. Among those with connections to the area that we tell you about are Thomas Carlyle, Sir Thomas More and numerous great artists. There’s also perhaps the least logical blue plaque in London. The charming Albert Bridge, a very old dairy, a Tudor mansion and some Peabody buildings are also to be seen. And of course no visit to Chelsea would be complete without walking along a bit of the King’s Road. Then it’s time to head through the beautiful grounds of a fine church, where Dickens was married, and on to the leafy squares and crescents that lead us into Kensington. We can finish at the world’s first and still most beautiful museum cafe or at a tube station.
Start Sloane Square underground station
Finish V&A cafe or South Kensington underground station
Shorter walk alternative – same start and finish points but a shorter route