A RICH HISTORY
- Today Chelsea is synonymous with ‘wealth’, and has been this way since the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was described as a “village of palaces”, partly due to the influx of royalty. It was in 1536 that King Henry VIII acquired a manor house in Chelsea, where two of his wives, Catherine Parr and Anne of Cleves, lived. Later, Princess Elizabeth – the future Queen Elizabeth I also resided there, and statesman Thomas More lived next door at Beaufort House. King’s Road was named after Charles II, as in the 17th and 18th centuries it was a private road for running to the royal palace at Hampton Court.
- Over the decades, the area may have changed – from the artistic innovation of the 19th century to the era defining style of the swinging sixties – but its connection to wealth hasn’t diminished. Today, Chelsea is as thriving, exciting and exclusive as ever, quite simply the most luxurious area in London.