Restaurants to see and be seen
As one of London’s most picture-perfect neighbourhoods (think white-fronted houses, quaint back streets and lots of wisteria) it stands to reason there are beautiful restaurants, cafés and bars to match.
At the top end of the spectrum, the two-Michelin-starred Claude Bosi at Bibendum offers diners a masterclass in luxury. The light streaming through the iconic stained-glass windows gives the restaurant an ethereal feel, while the food itself is equally heavenly. Think rich fare with an incredible complementary wine list, and an oyster bar to boot.
Elsewhere, Bluebird Chelsea (preserve of the structured reality series Made in Chelsea) is a place to recover from the antics of the night before over big brunches – all the while taking in a spot of people-watching. Opt for the crushed avocado, salmon ceviche and eggs a million different ways.
The Ivy has a Chelsea outpost – The Ivy Chelsea Garden – which marries all-day dining with a sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere. Encompassing an electric mix of modern British comfort food and international dishes, there’s also a cocktail menu inspired by the local surroundings.
You’ll also find a swathe of Japanese eateries on – and off – the King’s Road, with the likes of Kurobuta, Benihana, and KIRU all to be found. Benihana is an art show, where the chefs combine teppanyaki cooking with a high-octane performance on a searing-hot grill in front of you; Kurobuta delivers izakaya-style street food, all by ex-Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth; finally, KIRU is contemporary fine-dining, with a signature tasting menu that includes pan fired poussin, with a truffle teriyaki sauce.
On the border of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, you’ll find Restaurant Ours – a long-lauded institution with a famous flower wall and an iconic 80-foot lit-up catwalk entrance. The menu boasts dishes with a steady stream of Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin-inspired themes, each perfect for sharing.
Millionaires and moguls
The average house price in Chelsea is approximately £1.4 million, with the local population consisting mainly of property developers, retirees, celebrities, and heirs and heiresses. This is a discerning crowd always eager for a new foodie pit-stop or swanky evening dining spot – there is plenty of opportunities here for footfall and loyal clientele.