Sunday, 21 July 2013

An overview of Chelsea

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Chelsea, a district of West London, is positioned neatly between two of the biggest rivers in London. It is a lively part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which has seen much change since its small rural past; nowadays, it is filled with shops and restaurants.

Contrary to popular belief, fans of the football club Chelsea FC are shown to be earning twice the national average income. This helps the district of Chelsea to disprove the fact that football isn't only a sport for the working class.

In the centre of Chelsea, you will find everything: from the famous stores of King's Road, to the plethora of both small and big businesses that surround Sloane Square. In fact, if you visit King's Road, you will still be able to see Vivien Westwood's punk boutique. In proximity, you will also find Saatchi Gallery that showcases a lot of contemporary art exhibitions.

There are many historical and architectural sites to see in Chelsea, such as Thomas Carlyle's house, the National Army Museum and the Royal Hospital. Also, for visitors in May, there is a special event in Chelsea that is very famous in the entire London area: the Chelsea Flower Show. On the other hand, those who are not interested in the aforementioned can still go and enjoy an exciting movie in the Royal Court Theatre or one of its smaller and independent counterparts.

Nowadays, Chelsea has become the synonym of high-class London living. In the district, you can find almost everything: from very exquisite restaurants, to luxurious caf'es and pubs. You can also enjoy a weekend of rest in one of the many spa salons. Chelsea has also built a name for being a district where you would want to settle down. There are many educational facilities within a walking distance; also, if you want to buy a house or apartment, there is a wide range of living quarters to choose from, all of which have modern design and furbishing.

When walking on the streets of Chelsea, you can be sure you are walking in the footsteps of revolutionaries, politicians, painters and many other important historical figures. Chelsea was once a small village which became the living place of Thomas More- an important lawyer. In his footsteps came many other rich families who also built houses in Chelsea.

At one point, the ruling monarch Charles the II enclosed an old track, which he found out to be the shortest path from Hampton Court Palace to Whitehall. In time, this track, because only bearers of the royal copper pass were allowed to travel on it, became known as the King's Road. It was only in the 1830s that it became open to the public. Similarly, Chelsea was introduced to the world in 1772 when the Battersea Bridge was finally opened.

In the past, Stamford Bridge was built where Stamford Creek would cross Chelsea Creek. That place was later chosen to be grounds of a new stadium. The Mears brothers got the ownership of the aforementioned land in 1904, and later, they eagerly created the Chelsea Football Club.