Steeped in history, Chelsea is fabulous this time of year. The first ever Chelsea History Festival is happening from Oct 9-13. 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.
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!
Goat Chelsea – A local favourite. Stay for the pizza too – truly yummy.
Barts – This little hideaway in Sloane Avenue. Knock knock when you find the door.
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.
Hideaway – Ollie Dabbous has a pop up at the Chelsea Barracks, this one is not to be missed! Breakfast, lunch and cocktails.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel – Newly opened, under British chef Adam Handling, is 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.