Lounging comfortably in a well-kept area of West London is the affluent suburb of Chelsea.
Renowned for it’s wealth, glamour and the designer playground known as the Kings Road, Chelsea translates in Olde English to ‘landing place’.
And you have truly landed on your feet if you can afford to live in Chelsea — as past and present residents including Oscar Wilde, Mick Jagger and The Beatles will testify.
Although the suburb’s style and history can be enjoyed by everybody, thanks to these five fantastic things from Chelsea:
Arguably Chelsea’s most stylish export, Chelsea boots were first created by those clever Victorians. Traditionally made of leather and elasticated around the ankle, these jodhpur-type boots are easily characterised by their elastic gussets running down the sides. As well as being sold around the globe, Chelsea boots were also worn by the universe-conquering stormtroopers of Star Wars.
Chelsea Flower Show
Blooming marvelous! This five day festival held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea was first held in 1833 and is quite possibly the finest flower show in the world.
The traditional scarlet uniform and black tricorne hat worn by the Chelsea Pensioners has become an iconic sight around London. All former members of the British Army, the Chelsea Pensioners can often be seen at notable calender events proudly displaying their medals.
Chelsea Football Club
Founded in 1905, Chelsea FC play their football in the English Premier League and have been champions four times. Owned by the billionaire Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich, Chelsea are one of the richest clubs in the world as demonstrated by their recent purchase of Fernando Torres for £50million.
A type of currant bun rolled into a spiral shape and decorated with brown sugar, cinnamon and glazed, the Chelsea bun was first created in the 18th century and can be found in bakeries around the world.