Steeped in history, Chelsea is fabulous at any time of year. Little London Whispers has some additional things to see and do while you are in the area.
Breakfast in Chelsea:
Colbert – Up-market & most convenient as you get out of the tube at Sloane Square.
Poco at Manicomio – Pretty sheltered patio at the back for a sunny breakfast.
Granger & Co – Love the Aussie vibe here and great food as well.
Comptoire Poilaine – Hidden opposite Peter Jones, it is the perfect spot for a croissant & a coffee.
Oyster Bar at Bibendum – Sit opposite one of London’s prettiest flower shops, surround by stunning art deco tiling in the Michelin Building for a tasty breakfast in dappled light. It’s a favourite of ours.
Duke of York Square has various choices. Pavilion Road has Wulf & Lamb for vegans, if not, The Roasting Party coffee is delicious.
Anya Hindmarch Village Cafe: Open all day for anything naughty but nice.
Lunch in Chelsea:
Vardo – Newly opened in the Duke of York Square. From the Caravan Group, need we say more?
Comptoir Libanais – has reopened at the D of Y. Oh did we miss you!
The Phene – Pub that has a pretty outside space off the Kings Road, and good food.
Polpo – Duke of York Square. Delicious Sardinian dishes in small plates for sharing.
Gallery Mess – lovely on a sunny day to sit on the terrace.
Daylesford – in Sloane Ave. They don’t take reservations, so be early or go late.
Tea in Chelsea:
Ice cream pick – Ice Cream Union in Pavilion Road.
Peggy Porschen – on the Kings Road. Newly open and a pink hit.
50 Cheyne – Sit in the upstairs drawing room with a river view.
Pavilion Wine, Pavilion Road – sit outside with a glass of wine and a slice of cheese. Who needs supper!
Bluebird – at the top of the Kings Road is always worth walking up to. Sit outside and stay for supper. Booking essential.
Chelsea Farmers Market – closes at 9pm. You have choices of Gaucho, pizza and the market restaurant.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden – If you can get a seat outside it’s a great spot to people watch; breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Manicomio – Nothing more delicious than this Italian eatery on the Duke of York Square.
Chicama – Peruvian tapas at the top of the Kings Road. Truly delicious, and lovely to sit outside, blankets provided if needed. Can be very noisy inside.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel – British chef Adam Handling, is definitely one to try.
Bibendum – Claude Bosi. Extraordinary food. If food was art, this is it.
Lucio – smart Italian with seasonal food that makes your mouth water.
Rabbit – Kings Road eatery that’s more neighbourhood than commercial, serving up delicious food.
Hans Bar & Grill – Attached to the Cadogan Hotel, this little restaurant with a cafe at the front is a real winner. Food is excellent.
Maze Grill – Royal Hospital Road & Park Walk. Delicious burgers, sushi, and, on Sunday, a fantastic roast.
Shopping – Constantly evolving; Duke of York Square, Sloane Street, Kings Road, Sloane Avenue and Walton Street.
Culture Vulture – Saatchi Gallery, the Army Museum, art galleries in Walton Street; not forgetting nearby South Kensington for the V&A, NHM & the Science Museum.
Fresh Air – Chelsea Physic Garden, Duke of York Square, St. Lukes Garden and nearby Battersea Park.