Chelsea | Little London Whispers %


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.

Coffee Break:

Duke of York Square has various choices. Pavilion Road has Wulf & Lamb for vegans, if not, The Roasting Party coffee is delicious.

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.

Eating outside:

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.

Eating in:

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.

Other bits:

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.