CHELSEA & KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Heritage, Sophisticated, Cultural
WELCOME TO CHELSEA, SOUTH KENSINGTON AND KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Our hotel is located in the splendid, sophisticated environs of Chelsea, one of the most elegant and aspirational districts not just in London, but the whole of the UK. In fact, ours is a beautiful townhouse hotel London set in one of the quiet, prized streets of ‘Old Chelsea’; our building having been built in 1887 and used as a private residence before becoming the boutique hotel Knightsbridge it is today.
We feel it’s our duty for the interior of our accommodation to reflect the style and atmosphere of the surrounding area – and how unique and rarefied that style and atmosphere is. The street in which you’ll find us is lined with classic Victorian townhouses with red-brick facades, as are many other nearby streets, giving off more than an air of refined luxury and high desirability.
Meanwhile, just a few steps away are the world-renowned King’s Road shopping options and, beyond them, the globally recognised department stores that are Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, while the glorious neighbourhood of South Kensington is home to the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Royal Albert Hall.
TRAVELLING BY TUBE
Perhaps the simplest, quickest and most efficient way of getting about town is to descend into the London Underground train network and make use of the ‘Tube’, as it’s known to all and sundry. It’s extremely comprehensive and very affordable, while Tube stations are dotted throughout the city; not least in Central London, where you’re never more than between five and 10 minutes’ walk away from one (often less). The Tube stations that serve our local vicinity are:
Sloane Square station – District (green) and Circle (yellow) lines
South Kensington station – District (green), Circle (yellow) and Piccadilly (dark blue) lines
Knightsbridge station – Piccadilly (dark blue) line
Victoria station – District (green), Circle (yellow) and Victoria (light blue) lines; note that this station lies beneath the Victoria mainline train station, which serves the Southern, Thameslink and Southeastern train routes, as well as the Gatwick Express service to and from London Gatwick Airport.
If you’re wanting to travel to and from London Heathrow Airport for San Domenico House, we advise you take the Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect Overground rail services, which terminate at/ depart from London Paddington mainline station (whose Tube station serves the District, Circle, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City lines).
TAXIS AND BUSES
There’s nothing like using iconic black London taxi cabs to get around the capital; each cabbie undergoes rigorous training to ensure they’re armed with ‘The Knowledge’ (the citywide road network, entirely memorised). That said; it can be a bit expensive, so why not hop on an equally iconic red London bus now and again? Our area’s well served by bus routes, including:
Route 11 (London General) – for Liverpool Street station, Bank station, St. Paul’s Churchyard, Aldwych, Strand, Charing Cross Station, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square, Victoria station, Sloane Square shops and King’s Road; runs daily
Route 19 (Arriva London) – for Highbury & Islington station, Angel station, Saddler’s Wells Theatre, Bloomsbury Square, Cambridge Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge station (and hotels near Harrods), Sloane Square and King’s Road shops; runs daily.
If you’ll be using your own vehicle when staying with us, you’ll be glad to learn there’s a number of car-parking options in the area, each of them just a few moments’ walk away:
Nell Gwynn Garages (Sloane Avenue SW3 3AX/ tel: 0800 111 4836) – 50 spaces; underground; 24 hours-a-day; concierge; CCTV
Cheltenham Terrace Car Park (Cheltenham Terrace SW3 4QX/ tel: 0845 555 5888) – 81 spaces; 24-hours-a-day; concierge; CCTV
Chelsea Cloisters (Sloane Avenue SW3 3DW/ tel: 07713 739447) – 140 spaces; underground; 24-hours-a-day; concierge; CCTV; motorcycle spaces; car wash.