Chelsea Walk

This pleasant walk through Chelsea is 1.6 miles or 2.6 kilometres.

  • Map and introduction
  • King's Road
    Looking down the busy King's Road it is hard to imagine that before 1830 only those with a special copper token with the King's head on could use it.
  • Old Church Street
    Hidden behind high walls on the left side of Old Church Street is The Rectory built in 1752 and reputedly the most expensive property in London.
  • Lawrence Street
    Over the years flats here have been very popular with writers such as Henry James, T S Eliotand Ian Fleming
  • Cheyne Row
    CA plaque on number 10 commemorates Margaret Damer Dawson, founding member and first Commander of the Women's Police Service during WWI
  • Cheyne Walk
    The tranquillity of 48 Cheyne Walk was interrupted by the arrival in 1968 of Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull
  • Chelsea Embankment
    Chelsea Embankment is just over a mile long and cost about £270,000
  • Cheyne Walk 1-30
    Since the 18th century it has attracted famous people from all walks of life and continues to do so
  • Chelsea Embankment
    Before the Embankment was built we would now be walking in water
  • Swan Walk
    The street was named after the famous Swan Inn, mentioned by Samuel Pepys in his diaries
  • Physic Garden
    The intention was to discover, cultivate and study plants for scientific and medical purposes, a practice which continues up to today
  • Tite Street
    Although artists' studios also dominate the western side there were other famous residents. The most well known of which was Oscar Wilde.
  • National Army Museum
    Standing in front of the modern exterior of the National Army Museum it is hard to believe that this was the home of Britain's first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.
  • Royal Hospital
    Charles II, aware of the debt he owed to the army, determined to build an institution similar to the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.
  • Royal Avenue
    As well as being the fictional home of James Bond, several notable people have lived here.

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