Walking Tours of London - Chelsea Neighborhood Walk

A walking tour is ideal for exploring the historic neighbourhood of Chelsea

Courtyard of the Chelsea Royal Hospital
Courtyard of the Chelsea Royal Hospital cc licensed photo by amandabhslater

The historic neighbourhood of Chelsea, located along and above the banks of the River Thames just south of Westminster, is populated with many beautiful historic homes, and gardens that are bursting with color.

Starting with Henry VIII and Thomas More, aristocrats have began building homes and manors here since the 1600s. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Chelsea was a popular haven for many renowned artists and writers. One of the main roads in the neighbourhood is Kings Road, which was once the official Royal route used by Charles II between Whitehall and Hampton Court. Today it is lined with expensive shops catering to the well-to-do of the younger generation. Major landmarks in this neighborhood include the Royal Hospital and the Albert Bridge.

As you explore this neighbourhood watch for the blue plaques attached to many of the houses which will provide you with some interesting background about the British figures who made Chelsea their home.

Chelsea Walking Tour Directions

Our recommended walking tour of Chelsea begins from Sloane Square Station. This walk is 4.9 kms long and should take about 1 hour and 15 minutes at a normal walking pace, not including stops. We suggest you allow a minimum of 2 ½ hours. Click the the Map and Directions tab for complete step-by-step directions.


Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
District and Circle LinesSloane Square Station0 Minutes

How to get to Chelsea by Tube

  1. Start at Sloane Square Station.
  2. Walk west on King's Road.
  3. Left Cheltenham Terrace.
  4. Continue onto Franklin's Row (slight jog to the left).
  5. Enter the Royal Hospital Grounds and loop around the courtyard and gardens to the rear - Nearby attraction: The Royal Hospital, a spectacular Christopher Wren design dating back to the late 1600s and commissioned by Charles II. It is now a home to pensioners.
  6. Follow West Road north up the other side of the Royal Hospital.
  7. Left on Royal Hospital Road - Nearby attraction: National Army Museum.
  8. Left on Tite Street - Nearby attraction: Oscar Wilde's home and John Singer Sargent's home.
  9. Right on Chelsea Embankment.
  10. Right on Sean Walk.
  11. Left on Royal Hospital Road - Nearby attraction: Physic Garden.
  12. Continue Cheyne Row - Nearby attraction: The homes of George Eliot and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
  13. Right on Oakley Street - Nearby attraction: The Albert Bridge.
  14. Left on Upper Cheyne Row - Nearby attraction: Leigh Hunt's Home.
  15. Left on Cheyne Row - Nearby attraction: John Carlyle's House.
  16. Right on Cheyne Walk - Nearby attraction: Carlyle Mansions.
  17. Right on Chelsea Embankment.
  18. Right on Old Church Road - Nearby attraction: Statue of Sir Thomas More and the Chelsea Old Church.
  19. Right on King's Road.
  20. Continue on King's Road back to Sloane Square Station.
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