Chelsea embankment 1905






The borough at war





The Growth of Local Democracy

Both Kensington and Chelsea have a history going back to Anglo-Saxon times. Each of the formerly separate boroughs grew from rural villages and landed estates to become urban areas of commercial and cultural importance.

History of the Royal Borough

The history of kings and queens, cowboys and farmers, pigs and potteries.
Read more about our history.

The Growth of Local Democracy

From Domesday till today, chart the borough's evolution from kings to councillors.
Read more about the growth of local democracy.

People throughout history

The Royal Borough has been home to many famous - and infamous - people throughout its history.
Read more about our famous residents.