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Chelsea, London

King's Road, together with Carnaby Street in Soho formed the center of "Swinging London" in the Sixties. It is the main road through the area south of Kensington and is lined with boutiques, pubs and restaurants.

Chelsea Old Church

Chelsea Old Church, on the Thames embankment, was founded in the 13th century, several times altered in later centuries, severely damaged by bombing during World War II and excellently restored in 1952-58.
The More Chapel was restored by Sir Thomas More in 1528. Two Renaissance capitals on the arch leading into the chancel were probably designed by Holbein, who was a close friend of More's. In this church Henry VIII was secretly married to Jane Seymour a few days before the official marriage ceremony. There are numerous 17th and 18th century monuments, including that of Lady Jane Cheyne, by Paolo Bernini, on the north wall, and the tomb of the celebrated scientist, Sir Hans Sloane (d. 1753), in the southeast corner of the churchyard.
Address: Petyt Hall, 64 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LT, England

Royal Hospital

The Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.
Built 300 years ago as a home for veteran and invalid soldiers, the Royal Hospital still houses more than 500 "Chelsea pensioners", old and disabled soldiers who on special occasions wear the traditional uniform of Marlborough's time, with scarlet frock-coats in summer and dark blue overcoats in winter.
The Hospital was founded by Charles II in 1682, probably on the model of Louis XIV's Hôtel des Invalides in Paris (1670). The original buildings were designed by Wren (1682-92); an extension was built by Robert Adam (1765-82); and the complex was completed by Sir John Soane (1819). The entrance to the Hospital is by the London Gate, on the northeast. To the east of the road is a museum illustrating the history of the Royal Hospital. In the Figure Court is a bronze statue of Charles II, a masterpiece by Grinling Gibbons. On Founder's Day (29 May) this is decked with oak boughs (commemorating Charles's escape after the Battle of Worcester by hiding in an oak tree), and the pensioners receive double pay.
In the main building is the Great Hall, the finely panelled dining hall of the Hospital. On the walls are royal portraits and copies of flags captured from America and France. At the west end is an equestrian portrait of Charles II. In the Governor's House is the Council Chamber, originally designed by Wren, with later alterations by Adam. On the walls are pictures by Sir Anthony van Dyck, Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller. The Chapel, also by Wren, has been preserved in its original state. In the apse is a fine painting of the Resurrection by Sebastiano Ricci (1710).
In the Royal Hospital gardens, which stretch down to the Thames embankment, are a number of cannons, some of them captured from the French at the Battle of Waterloo. Every year in late May, the famous Chelsea Flower Show is held here.
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR, England

King's Road

King's Road, together with Carnaby Street in Soho, formed the center of "Swinging London" in the 1960s. It stretches from Sloane Square, past Chelsea Town Hall through Chelsea; there are countless pubs, restaurants and boutiques along its route. A hint of the unconventional mood of the 1960s still remains.
The street was once a private thoroughfare to Hampton Court for Charles II. At the tie, travelers had to have special copper passes to walk along the road. The modern King's Road is a shopper's paradise, with numerous antique centers, as well as the Chenil Galleries (no. 181 -183), specializing in rare antiques and fine arts. The street is also famous for the many clothes shops, which sell everything from expensive "high fashion," to eccentric and ultra-modern clothes and second-hand apparel.

Chelsea Old Town Hall

Twice a year, in spring and autumn, the world-famous Chelsea Antiques Fair transforms the old town hall of Chelsea (built 1887) into a happy hunting ground for collectors. The setting is appropriate to the goods on display, which must be genuine antiques - i.e. furniture, carpets, china, glass, silver, jewelery, pictures and books dating from before 1830. Not open to the public.

National Army Museum

The National Army presents the history of the British Army from the 16th century to the present day. Exhibits include 'The Victorian Soldier' and 'The Gulf War; Aftermath of Battle'. The museum is continually adding new exhibits.
One of the world's largest collection of military uniforms is housed here. As well, a major library and photo collection is worth visiting.
Address: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT, England

The Royal Court Theater

The Royal Court Theater, built in the late 19th century, was made famous for its stagings of Bernard Shaw's plays.
The theater was damaged in World War II but, after being repaired, later became the home of the English Stage Company and the host site of many traveling companies.
Address: Sloane Square, England

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the world's most important gardens with an excellent collection of plants. This site is renowned for its links with botanical teaching.
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS, England

Chelsea World of Sport

The Chelsea World of Sport provides visitors with the opportunity to take athletic and football challenges, view memorabilia from stadiums and players, and trophies that have been won.
Address: Chelsea Village, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS, England

Thomas Carlyle's House

Carlyle's House in old Chelsea is a National Trust property. The Queen Anne terraced house was occupied by 18th C writer Thomas Carlyle from 1834-1881. The house features an interesting interior, manuscripts and personal mementos.
Address: 24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London SW3 5HL, England

Cheyne Walk

This famous street has been home to numerous figures in the arts and entertainment industry since its founding in 1720.

House of Bram Stoker

The famous author Bram Stoker moved here a year after the publishing of his book 'Dracula.'

House of Mark Twain

It was here that the famous American author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) took refuge from his western debtors for a period of time.

House of Oscar Wilde

The Irish dramatist lived here for a decade during his period of popularity, until he was arrested and later exiled to Paris.

Pimlico Road

Pimlico Road, between Buckingham Palace Road and Royal Hospital Road, has a high concentration of antique shops, art galleries and markets.

House of Sir Laurence Olivier

This house was once home to the actor Sir Laurence Olivier.

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