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Chelsea Walking Tour – From Sloane Square to Battersea Park

*This post was last updated in December 2021*

Walk the walk – Posh Chelsea and quirky Battersea

Chelsea has always been one of my favourite London neighborhoods. With its mysterious mews, stately homes, and gorgeous boutique shops, it’s definitely an exclusive area worth visiting.

Chelsea

Chelsea has been a part of London since 1900 and merged with the Metropolitan Borough of Kensington, forming the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington in 1965. The fact that property prices are still in the highest regions doesn’t come as a surprise when we look back in history. Once King Henry VII acquired the manor of Chelsea, more Royals, and other affluent people started to reside in the village, resulting in its nickname: ”village of palaces.”

The best way to explore ”the village of palaces” is on foot, and the best place to start is at Sloane Square tube station. A charming square with a water fountain welcomes you when you exit the Chelsea station and the area is surrounded by the typical stately homes that you’ll find all over the area.


Royal Hospital Chelsea – home to British veterans

Following your way to Holbein Place and the Royal Hospital Road, you’ll quickly find the stately entrance to the grounds of the Royal Hospital. This is a retirement and nursing home to hundreds of retired British soldiers.

Chelsea

The grounds are open to the public and boast peaceful gardens where you can stroll around and feel completely at ease. A rare occurrence in such a vibrant city as London. When you’re in luck, you might see some of the Chelsea Pensioners in their traditional uniforms.

Is Royal Hospital Chelsea open to the public?

Due to the COVID-crisis, it is not possible to visit Royal Hospital Chelsea until further notice.


Two iconic London bridges: Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge

Making your way down south, you’ll soon reach the end of the Royal Hospital Grounds. Crossing a busy road, you’ll be treated with the sight of the Thames River, and the Albert Bridge on your right-hand side.

albert bridge battersea

Battersea Park

Crossing Chelsea Bridge, you might be wondering what the large building with the four chimneys is on the other end. That is Battersea Power Station, the decommissioned coal-fired power station. Did you know that it used to provide a fifth of London with electricity? Nowadays it’s a fully transformed destination, with apartments, shops, restaurants, and leisure centres.

At the time of my visit in 2016, it was still a major construction site, as you can see in the picture below.

Chelsea

In fact, the whole area around Battersea Power Station is fully being transformed and can be reached by tube at a brand new stop on the Northern Line. I can’t wait to go back to check it out one day for myself.


Buddhist Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park

Having crossed the bridge, you can’t miss the turn to the right towards Battersea Park. The main attractions of the park (besides the super green area) are the Buddhist Peace Pagoda, a boating lake, petting zoo, and the Old English garden.

Views on the Thames and Chelsea across from it aren’t bad either!

Battersea Park

When you’ve seen enough of Battersea Park, cross the Victorian Albert Bridge that will bring you back to Chelsea.


Cheyne Walk

Passing by all the gorgeous residences on Cheyne Walk, turn right into the small cobbled back streets of this area. This is where you’ll find the famous mews and flower-covered houses. Don’t be afraid to get lost here and turn left or right whenever you’d like because there are surprising finds around every corner.

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Shopping on King’s Road

Criss-cross your way upwards to King’s Road, Chelsea’s main shopping area. Designer labels, boutique shops, quirky cafes, eateries and inspiring interior design shops are the main focus here. Spend a little while here to shop or to get a cup of tea, but if you’re up for more culture, don’t forget to turn left on Sydney Street where you’ll find St Luke’s Church. It was here where the British author Charles Dickens married his wife Catherine Hogarth.

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Chelsea

Chelsea Farmer’s Market

For the foodies and non-stop shoppers among us, head over to the Chelsea’s Farmers Market in Sydney Street, where you won’t find farmers selling their merchandise, but unique arty shops and food of the highest quality. Especially a lovely place to visit when the weather is nice, as people gather on this small piece of concrete land to enjoy the foods and drinks on offer.

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When you feel you’ve taken in enough of Chelsea’s metropolitan, yet peaceful atmosphere, you just follow King’s Road east-bound and you end up right where you started: at Sloane Square tube station.


Attractions to visit in Chelsea – Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane was an English architect, specialised in the neo-classical style. His best known work was the Bank of England but you also have seen his work if you’ve ever visited Dulwich Picture Gallery. Also, an avid collector of antiques and art, his Chelsea residence has been turned into a museum and you can see his impressive collection for yourself.

sir john soane statue in chelsea

Attractions to visit in Chelsea – Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery is situated in a gorgeous historic building and showcases the best of modern and contemporary art.

Other interesting attractions and sights in Chelsea:


Chelsea circular walk – Route details

Circular walk. Starting and finishing point: Sloane Square Underground Station

Length: 6,5 km/ 4 miles

map chelsea walk

Is riding a bike more your thing than taking a stroll? Don’t forget to check out my post on cycling in London.


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26 Thoughts on Chelsea Walking Tour – From Sloane Square to Battersea Park
    Nadia_H
    17 May 2015
    4:01pm

    Great recommendations, Maaike! I’ve both lived and worked in this area and it really is lovely. Battersea Power station is such a well loved landmark. There have been many plans about what to do with it over the years; they even considered turning it into a theme park in the 80s! That could have been interesting.

      travellousworld
      17 May 2015
      6:39pm

      Thank you Nadia 🙂 I can’t wait to see how Battersea Power Station turns out. I read about those plans! I would totally visit if they made it into a theme park 🙂

    Drive on the Left
    21 May 2015
    11:45am

    Those areas are ridiculously nice. We don’t spend nearly enough time down there. Thanks for reminded us why we need to! Great photos

      travellousworld
      21 May 2015
      12:18pm

      Thank you for the feedback! It really is stunning, and so much quieter than in the rest of Central London.

    Lauren
    10 Jun 2015
    1:59pm

    I didn’t know about the Buddhist Pagoda…I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the suggestion of such a lovely walk. Love getting lost in Chelsea 🙂

      Travellous World
      10 Jun 2015
      2:06pm

      Hi Lauren, thanks for visiting! 🙂 To be honest, I also still need to look around Battersea Park some more. It was very cold when we were there, and we couldn’t wait to get a cuppa back in Chelsea 😉

    ANUKRATI DOSI
    18 Dec 2021
    12:30pm

    These are such great recommendations. I loved reading the post.

      Maaike van Kuijk
      18 Dec 2021
      6:22pm

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment

    Ada
    18 Dec 2021
    4:14pm

    Love a good walking tour, especially one that loops! I’ve only ever shopped on Chelsea’s Kings Road so definitely need to see some of Chelsea’s other offerings.

      Maaike van Kuijk
      18 Dec 2021
      6:22pm

      Me too! And yes, Chelsea’s definitely worth to explore further 🙂

    Brittany
    18 Dec 2021
    5:50pm

    What a lovely walk with so many sights to see! I would love to travel down King’s Road and see St Luke’s Church. The stained glass windows are so pretty! Thanks for sharing this guide 🙂

      Maaike van Kuijk
      18 Dec 2021
      6:23pm

      You’re so welcome Brittany. Thank you for commenting.

    Denise
    18 Dec 2021
    10:43pm

    I have been to London a few times, but never spend enough time! I need to explore Chelsea!

      Maaike van Kuijk
      20 Dec 2021
      11:59am

      I’d definitely recommend it!

    Don aka Nemorino
    18 Dec 2021
    11:49pm

    Great suggestions for a walk. I don’t think I’ve ever been to any of these places.

      Maaike van Kuijk
      20 Dec 2021
      12:00pm

      It’s so nice to see you on here again Don. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. There’s always so much to explore in London.

    Krista
    19 Dec 2021
    2:10am

    Love this idea for a walking tour! We’re supposed to be visiting London at the end of the month, so I’ll see what the weather is like and we may fit this into our schedule!

      Maaike van Kuijk
      20 Dec 2021
      12:01pm

      That’s amazing. Hope you’ll have a great time. Thanks for commenting!

    Linnea
    19 Dec 2021
    7:03am

    I love the Chelsea hospital on the outside! that’s so pretty! I can’t get over how much I love all these buildings!

      Maaike van Kuijk
      20 Dec 2021
      12:02pm

      They’re absolutely stunning for sure. Thank so much for your kind comment Linnea.

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    Madhu
    25 Dec 2021
    8:08am

    Thanks for sharing this informative post ..adding Chelsea to my bucketlist now.

      Maaike van Kuijk
      28 Dec 2021
      11:28pm

      That’s great to hear Madhu!

    Carrie Mann
    3 Jan 2022
    12:14am

    This looks like a great way to spend a morning! I love that the farmer’s market has a bunch of artsy shops – seems like a great place to buy gifts that are a little more unique.

      Maaike van Kuijk
      9 Jan 2022
      2:24pm

      Thanks so much Carrie. It’s such a lovely market

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