Friday, 14 March 2014

Made in Chelsea!

C4's TV show logo for 'Made in Chelsea

I love C4's 'Made in Chelsea', the lives and loves of an elite Chelsea set (will Binky ever end her heartache and break up with the love rat Alex?)!
Set in real Chelsea locations and some of my own favourite London haunts, I'd adore to spend more time in the champagne bars, Bluebird or JuJu, discussing latest love entanglements with 
my girlfriends!

The Albert Bridge, linking Chelsea on the North shore & Battersea on the South
For me Chelsea and the King's Road are really all about celebrity and creativity; in the 1970s Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood Had their 'Sex' boutique and Vivienne remains there still with her eponymous own label.

Sex, Malcolm & Vivienne's King's Road shop
There's the delight of artisan chocolatier, Rococo ChocolatesVV Rouleaux for ribbons & trimmings that are out of this world and the very necessary (to me at least!) Green & Stone for the best artists's materials.

An infamous location

Another historic Chelsea street and home over the years to a long list of celebrities is Cheyne Walk. Sylvia Pankhurst lived at No 120; No 4 was for a time the home of George Eliot. In 1851 the painter JMW Turner died at No 119; Dante, Rosetti & Sir Paul Getty all resided here; and in 1968-69 Keith Richards & Anita Pallenberg lived at No 3 while Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful resided at No 48.
The Saatchi Gallery, London, by Clara Molden

Outside Mick & Marianne's house, No 48 Cheyne Walk

Walking tours are a great way to explore an area. Chelsea has several and 'Made in Chelsea' has its own Brit Movie Tour. Check it out!
Last year I used a great little book, 'Walking London: Thirty Original Walks In & Around London' by Andrew Duncanto navigate my way around the Chelsea area. It was a delightful walk which took in the Saatchi Gallery, Physic Garden, Albert Bridge, Chelsea Old Church and the Royal Hospital, home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Lizzy on Cheyne Walk, the street of her dreams

King's Road has lots of interesting goings on for the art lover