Posted: January 4, 2020 3:08pm

I moved to London over 18 years ago, and have lived all around the city. My family fall into a category that I would call ‘early downsizes’. Neither of our children, Archie or Luella, are ever back before five, removing the necessity for a playroom or big garden.

As a self-admitted Made in Chelsea fan, when we moved to Chelsea last year I was worried about the area being overrun by ‘Sloane Rangers’. Thankfully I have yet to encounter any!

Everyone on our road is so welcoming, and the pace of the area is definitely more genteel. This is something that could have been a struggle for me. I am famed for my lack of patience, and feel that the old adage of ‘more hurry, less speed’ is so true.

In this post I wanted to share with you some of the less known places to eat and drink in the area. There is, in fact, more to Chelsea that the Bluebird, The Ivy and Peggy Porschen.

Below is a list of places I adore, and fully recommend a visit to:

  1. One of the best places to wander before you hit the shops is Pavillon Road there are a host of options to eat and drink.
  2. Matcha and Beyond does the most divine healthy lunches, and the cakes are a Chelsea secret! I also love The Pear Tree Cafe in Battersea Park – brilliant on a sunny day, as they have loads of outdoor tables overlooking the ponds.
  3. Frantoio is the perfect local Italian.It is super glamorous with exquisite but well-priced food and a great alternative to La Familia which is phenomenal too.
  4. If you want a pub lunch, my top two tips would be The Builders Arms and The Prince Albert.
  5. Chicama is the place to go for cocktails, their margaritas are legendary!
  6. If you want to have a drink outside, then it has to be The Phene.
  7. If it is a special occasion then I would head to Fifty Cheney, which I have reviewed before and you can always pop into the bar upstairs.
  8. Cambio de Tercio is a on my radar as so many people have recommended.

While you’re in the area, don’t forget to head to the Lots Road end of the Kings Road. It is a haven of fabulous Charity Shops not to mention my favourite shop in London Sign of the Times!

I know it is still freezing but I added a few of my favourite dresses below!!


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