How to plan your perfect day out in Chelsea

Written on 9 July 2014 by Alistair Boscawen in London


There are plenty of things to do in The Royal Borough! Here’s an insight into the BEST places to visit in Chelsea on a summers day…

Chelsea is a stunning part of London and highly sought-after when it comes to both renting and living in the area. It’s the place all Americans want to visit straight away when in London (as well as Leicester Square and Buckingham Palace of course) and it’s even had a reality tv series named after it. In fact, there’s a whole area in New York and an ex-US president’s daughter named Chelsea too!

Ok, ok, we could go on forever. We thought that we’d design you a PERFECT day out in Chelsea (yes, we’re very altruistic here at Best Gapp) to ensure you make the most of, in our opinion, the best part of London…

Breakfast at Bluebird

BlueBirdThere’s nothing better than kickstarting your day with breaky at Bluebird. A true institution, this venue is highly popular with Chelsea socialites eager to dine at the Conran-founded restaurant.  This Prime London hotspot has a brasserie, cafe, courtyard and food store. Breakfast includes Classic English; Viennoiserie (homemade selection); Smoothies; Healthy options and eggs done anyway you please! Not to be missed if you’re looking to start your day with a boost.

Culture

Nothing like a bit of culture after breakfast! Just make sure you go to bed early the night before so you can properly concentrate. Where do we start? Well, the Saatchi Gallery’s a good place for those interested in contemporary art. Found at The Duke of York’s HQ in Sloane Square, the gallery offers a great environment in which to view pieces in very large rooms with high ceilings. Occupying the whole of the 70,000 square foot building, there’s a book shop, educational facilities as well as a restaurant cafe/bar. Current exhibitions include Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America; Abstract America Today; Richard Wilson’s Permanent Installation and Ben Quilty; the overall winner of the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards.

Shopping

shoppingAfter your dose of intellectual activity, you’ll want to relax and enjoy the frivolity of shopping (for us shopping is a highly important activity – but alas not everyone shares our view). Anyway, you’re spoilt for choice. Obviously there’s the Kings Road, with its eclectic mix of high-end boutiques, big, luxury brands and high street shops – where do we start! If you want to find everything in one place, try Peter Jones. It’ll make your life much easier. Look out for the Kings Road Sporting Club for ladies (active and sportswear) – a favourite with locals.

Relaxing in a green space or a park

Ok, you’ve done the culture, you’ve done the shopping, now what? Well, it’s around 4pm, so time to chill for a bit in a green space. You’ve got a lot of choice in The Royal Borough – from the larger parks, such as Kensington Gardens, to the smaller, more intimate areas such as Chelsea Embankment Gardens and Garden Squares such as Coleville Gardens.

Dinner

It’s around 8pm and it’s time to eat! We highly recommend Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Established in 1998 and holder of three Michelin stars, this is a truly intimate restaurant with incredible cuisine on offer. There’s the ‘inspiration table’ where food is prepared right in front of you. The style is modern French, with seasonal ingredients and both classic and modern techniques are used. Worth going to at least once, just for the experience.

So, that’s our breakdown of how to spend a splendid day in Chelsea.  Of course you can pick and choose and add other venues to the list – we’re sure you won’t be disappointed – SW3 has something special to offer everyone – yep, even a lavish property for sale in this area.

 

Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen

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