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Chelsea is an area of south-west London England bounded to the south by the River Thames where its frontage runs from Chelsea Bridge along the Chelsea Embankment Cheyne Walk Lots Road and Chelsea Harbour. Its eastern boundary was once defined by the River Westbourne which is now in a pipe above Sloane Square tube station. The modern eastern boundary is Chelsea Bridge Road and the lower half of Sloane Street including Sloane Square. To the north and northwest the area fades into Knightsbridge and South Kensington but it is safe to say that the area north of King's Road as far northwest as Fulham Road is part of Chelsea.

The district is now part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. From 1900 and until the creation of the Greater London in 1965 it formed the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea in the County of London.

Chelsea Football Club has its grounds at Stamford Bridge and so is in neighbouring Fulham Broadway not in Chelsea.

According to Encyclopædia Britannica "the better residential portion of Chelsea is the eastern near Sloane Street and along the river; the western extending north to Fulham Road is mainly a poor quarter". This is no longer the case although Housing trusts and Council property do remain. The areas to the west also attract very high prices.

Chelsea consists of two main postcodes (SW3 and SW10) but also includes small sections of SW1. All of Chelsea is by definition in the London borough of "The Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea" (RBKC). On the eastern side RBKC meets the equally fashionable and expensive borough of the City of Westminster (COW) this meets at Lower Sloane Street where the postcode is SW1W with one side of the road being in COW and the other in RBKC. However it does give the strange result that some of RBKC is in SW1W. The Moore Park Estate in SW6 is also considered to be part of the Fulham/Chelsea border.

The vast majority of Chelsea is SW3. The far west of Chelsea is SW10 and SW5 but due to the absence of tube coverage in large parts of the Borough most people in SW10 use Earls Court or Fulham Broadway tube stations.

The most desirable part of Chelsea is around Sloane Square and Knightsbridge tube. Around here Chelsea meets Knightsbridge. This property market attracts considerable (international) attention and is a very complex market as it consists mainly of short leases under Earl Cadogan as freeholder. Much of Chelsea is now viewed as a "Global Ultra Prime Residential Area".
 
Chelsea pensioners in scarlet coats and tricorne hats at the Founder's Day parade in the Royal Hospital ChelseaMuch of Chelsea (SW3) and Knightsbridge (SW1X) is still owned by Earl Cadogan through the Cadogan Estates. Most of the property owned is in and around Cadogan Square. This has a major influence on the markets as the Earl is the freeholder and generally has no desire to sell; although changes in legislation now mean the freeholder is obliged to sell lease extensions to a leaseholder at prices which are determined by the Leasehold valuation tribunal. Lord Cadogan is generally regarded as an effective and successful property developer/landlord being responsible together with his management team for bringing all of the fashion labels to Sloane Street and also forward thinking developments on his own account at Duke of York Square on Kings Road at Peter Jones and on Sloane Street. The Cadogan Estate has a considerable portfolio of retail property throughout Chelsea but notably on Fulham Road Kings Road and Sloane Street including Peter Jones Harvey Nichols and 12 hotels including the Cadogan Hotel. The Estate maintains many of the garden squares (to which local residents can gain access by subscribing for an annual fee – and optionally the tennis courts where applicable). The area is home to several open spaces including Albert Bridge Gardens Battersea Bridge Gardens Chelsea Embankment Gardens Royal Hospital Chelsea: the grounds of which are used by the annual Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea Physic Garden.

Notable residents

Carlo Cudicini (Chelsea footballer)
Bryan Adams
Lily Allen
Francis Bacon
Richard Ballerand (Redburn Street)
Jamie Bell
Hilaire Belloc (Cheyne Walk)
John Betjeman (Radnor Walk)
Dirk Bogarde (Lower Sloane Street)
William Boyd (Redburn Street)
Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel (civil engineers); 98 Cheyne Walk)
Charles Cadogan 8th Earl Cadogan
Phyllis Calvert (actress) was born in Chelsea
Thomas Carlyle the "Sage of Chelsea" (24 Cheyne Row – now National Trust House)
Steve Clark (late Def Leppard guitarist)
Agatha Christie
Johnny Depp rented property from Thomas Golsong on King's Road for the duration of filming Finding Neverland.
George Devine & Jocelyn Herbert (Rossetti Studios Flood St)
Bernie Ecclestone (Chelsea Square)
George Eliot (spent the last 3 weeks of her life at 4 Cheyne Walk)
Judy Garland (Spent the last few months of her life there with her fifth husband until death on June 22 1969)
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 7th Marquess of Salisbury (Swan Walk)
Elizabeth Gaskell (93 Cheyne Walk)
Bob Geldof (Redburn Street)
David Lloyd George (10 Cheyne Walk)
Hugh Grant (Chelsea Square)
Michael Hutchence (Redburn Street)
Mick Jagger and all the Rolling Stones (Edith Grove Cheyne Walk)
Henry James (21 Cheyne Walk)
Roger Keyes
Mark Knopfler
Bob Marley composed his hit "I Shot the Sheriff" in a one-bedroom flat off Cheyne Walk in the mid-1970s.
Kate Middleton (girlfriend of Prince William) (Old Church Street)
Kylie Minogue
Thomas More
Juliano Belletti (Chelsea F.C. footballer)
Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea F.C. footballer)
Hasnat Khan Pakistani heart surgeon and ex-lover of Princess Diana.
John Camden Neild (5 Cheyne Walk)
Gwyneth Paltrow
Sylvia Pankhurst (Cheyne Walk)
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (artist & sculptor)
Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (16 Cheyne Walk)
Gerald Scarfe and Jane Asher
John Shaw Junior architect of the 19th century
Mark Shuttleworth of ubuntu linux
Osbert Sitwell (Carlyle Square)
George Smiley (9 Bywater Street)
Chris Squire
Philip Wilson Steer (109 Cheyne Walk)
Algernon Swinburne (16 Cheyne Walk)
Margaret Thatcher (Flood Street)
J. M. W. Turner (died at 119 Cheyne Walk on 19 December 1851)
James McNeill Whistler (21 96 & 101 Cheyne Walk)
Oscar Wilde (today 34 Tite Street 16 Tite Street in Wilde's lifetime)
Paula Yates (Redburn Street)
Il Divo ( Urs Sebastien Carlos and David )
Mark Twain (23 Tedworth Square)
Bram Stoker (author of Dracula)
J. R. R. Tolkien (Author of Lord of the Rings)
Christian the Lion
Mark Webster

Nearest places

Belgravia
Brompton
Knightsbridge
Pimlico
South Kensington
West Brompton
Fulham
Fulham Broadway
Battersea (south of the river)

Transport

Sloane Square tube station
South Kensington tube station
Earls Court tube station
Fulham Broadway tube station
Imperial Wharf railway station (proposed)
Chelsea tube station (proposed)