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Chelsea Walking Tour

Join Stephen on a 90-minute guided walk of Chelsea, one of London’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Discover what makes this area so special as you explore its famous and infamous residents, lost Tudor palaces, and Georgian gardens.

Along the way, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of Chelsea and its unique character. Hear stories of the famous and infamous individuals who have called this neighbourhood home, from literary icons to rock stars. Explore hidden corners and charming streets that reveal the area’s rich history and culture.

  • Discover the history of the British Empire
  • Discover peaceful gardens and unknown stories
  • Qualified City of Westminster guide
Walks last 90 mins
Not step-free
Individual tickets £20

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Sloane Square is a fascinating and dynamic part of London, and our tour will offer a unique insight into its history and the stories behind the iconic dragons that watch over it. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking to explore one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, our guided walk through Chelsea will surely be an unforgettable experience. Your guide, Stephen,  will share the story of how the dragons look over Sloane Square and about a notable family’s involvement in the area.

One of the most notable features of Chelsea Old Church is its connection to Sir Thomas More, the famous English statesman and author who was executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England. More was a regular worshipper at the church, and his family had a pew there. Our guide will share stories about More’s life and influence on English history.

We’ll also learn about Henry VIII’s connection to the church. Henry was married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at the nearby St. Mary’s Church, and he would often attend services at Chelsea Old Church. In fact, he is said to have met his future wife, Jane Seymour, at the church.

The Chelsea Physic Garden is a hidden gem. Founded in 1673, the garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the country and boasts a stunning collection of plants from around the world. However, the garden’s history is subject to controversy. Our guide will discuss the garden’s connection to the slave trade, as many of the plants brought to the garden in the 18th and 19th centuries were obtained through the exploitation of enslaved people. The garden’s curators have acknowledged this dark history and are working to ensure that the garden is a place of learning and reflection on the legacy of slavery.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a masterpiece of architecture by Sir Christopher Wren. King Charles II founded the hospital in 1681 as a home for retired and wounded soldiers, and it continues to serve this purpose today.

Exploring Tite Street, your London tour guide, Stephen, will regale you with stories of famous residents and their controversial lifestyles. We’ll learn about the renowned artist James McNeill Whistler who famously fell out with his patron over the decoration of his house. The ensuing legal battle, known as the “Peacock Room” scandal, became the talk of London’s artistic community.

Take a fascinating glimpse into London’s artistic and cultural history and its role in the swinging sixties. With its beautiful architecture, stunning river views, and famous former residents, it is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in London’s rich cultural heritage.

Battersea Bridge and the Embankment are some of the most picturesque spots along the Thames in London, offering stunning river views and some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

As you explore Chelsea, you’ll discover that it has a rich history that goes back to the 18th century when it was a popular spot for duels. We’ll learn about the area’s origins and how it has evolved over the years. Today, Sloane Square is a vibrant and lively hub of activity, boasting a range of high-end shops, restaurants, and cafes, perfect for a post-walk treat.

Your Guide: Dr Stephen King

Chelsea Walk Reviews

Fiona
A very interesting tour around the affluent area of Chelsea. Steve is a friendly, knowledgeable guide.
Angela
Another cracking walk from Stephen. He even managed to find some shady spots on a very hot and sunny morning. Perfect for those who know the area a bit but have never stopped to look closely or those that want to widen their knowledge of different parts of London. Lots of places to walk onto at the end of the walk too. Definite thumbs up.
Mimi
A very enjoyable romp in Chelsea, which even the rain couldn’t spoil.
Susan
A lovely informative walk at a leisurely pace which certainly widened my knowledge and appreciation of Chelsea. Stephen was very welcoming, knowledgeable, articulate and engaging. Highly recommend.
Angela
Another cracking walk from Stephen. He even managed to find some shady spots on a very hot and sunny morning. Perfect for those who know the area a bit but have never stopped to look closely or those that want to widen their knowledge of different parts of London. Lots of places to walk onto at the end of the walk too. Definite thumbs up.
Fiona
A very interesting tour around the affluent area of Chelsea. Stephen is a friendly, knowledgeable guide.
Erica
An excellent guided walk. It was extremely interesting and I learnt a good few new things about this area of London. Well worth going on.
Mary
Lovely morning with Steve, I thoroughly enjoyed this tour nice places to see and this area is steeped in history and I will go back in my own time to explore the physics garden. Steve was well-equipped on the arts and the Tudors. Great tour and well delivered.
Carolyn
Really enjoyed this walk lead by Stephen who had thoroughly researched the details for the walk.I always learn new facts when I attend them.

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