Includes: Earl's Court, Hammersmith, and Shepherd's Bush.
In the 60s and 70s, Chelsea was a global capital of bohemian art and culture, home to a thriving punk scene and preeminent bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, while Kensington was an affluent district lined with expensive retailers. However, the intervening years saw Chelsea’s rock roots obscured by rows of expensive flats and high-end shops, leaving modern-day Chelsea much like Kensington: better known for opulence than the creative arts.
While Kensington’s main drag of Kensington High Street is lined with upper-crust markets and restaurants, the heart of Chelsea is Sloane Square, a meticulously landscaped public square and fountain which has become so synonymous with wealth that London’s young moneyed set are known disparagingly as “Sloane Rangers.”
During the day, there’s no shortage of trust fund babies and wealthy young locals, who gravitate to nearby cafés and rooftop gardens to enjoy biscuits and tea and remarkable views from their elevated terrace perches before moving on to some high-end shopping on King’s Road. Lots of tourists and students pretend they’re part of the upper crust as they peruse contemporary art at the magnificent Saatchi Gallery, or simply spend the day relaxing on the expansive grounds of Hyde Park. Sports lovers looking to catch the much-loved Chelsea Football Club on the field, however, will have to venture over to the Stamford Bridge stadium in neighboring Fulham.
At night, the Earl Gray gives way to Emmanuel Courvoisier, as party-happy groups with money to burn enjoy a plethora of exclusive neighborhood venues, from swanky lounges to glittering dance halls, all of which guarantee a memorable evening to anyone who gets past the iron-clad door policies.
Despite a reputation for stodginess, Kensington and Chelsea are areas where the party keeps going until early morning – which makes sense considering its residents can probably afford to sleep until noon.
Reviewed by Courtney Grace R.
"MY TAKE: Who knew playing ping-pong could be so swanky? Don’t let the name fool you. This place is classy—even if they do let you play beer pong inst ..." more
184 Earl's Court Road
London, SW5 9QG
Party Earth Review Soccer, Thai food, and outdoor drinking make for an eclectic mix, but offer a tasty excuse to enjoy an afternoon or start the night at The Crown & Sceptre. Tucked away in a mostly residential ... more
57 Melina Road
London W12 9HY
Reviewed by Bettina B.
"Tonteria, the latest establishment from Guy Pelly located in Sloane Square, as the name suggests in Spanish 'a nonsense' or a 'a trifle' boasts a live ..." more
7-12 Sloane Square
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My take: The Roof Gardens sit perched over West London with the best view you can get without a skyscraper. The location and the settings are unparall ..." more
99 Kensington High Street
London W8 5SA
Party Earth Review A cozy neighborhood pub situated directly above the Barons Court Theatre, The Curtains Up is yet another addition to the ever-expanding Geronimo chain, but it definitely has its own ... more
28A Comeragh Road
London W14 9HR
Party Earth Review An eye-catching wine menu, chic interior, and expansive beer garden – complete with a giant version of lawn Jenga – combine to make The Eagle a local favorite for a well-heeled but ... more
215 Askew Road
London W12 9AZ
43 Thurloe Street
London SW7 2LQ
Party Earth Review A charming and traditional black-and-white pub located on a posh side street, the bright and airy Admiral Codrington – locally known as The Cod – is a reflection of the surrounding ... more
17 Mossop Street
London SW3 2LY