The King’s Road combines the royal history of its origins, with its unique status as birthplace of the 20th century’s most iconic cultural movements. Today it still retains all the glamour and free-spirited fun, whilst boasting a fresh mix of contemporary fashion and art, combined with great food and drink.
Home to some of our favourite independent and high street stores, from Peter Jones to Green & Stone and Anthropologie, it also boasts fantastic restaurants such as Rabbit and The Ivy Chelsea Garden.
The King’s Road has roots dating back to the 17th century, when access along the route was only granted to those carrying a special token bearing the King’s initials. The route was made public in 1830, at a time when the area was becoming settled by artists, creatives and bohemians who hugely influenced it’s legacy.
Hub of the Swinging Sixties and the pop culture revolution, fashion forward stores from provocative designers such as Mary Quant, alongside the Chelsea Drugstore and numerous other fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants provided a unique, colourful environment, popular with some of the 20th century’s most iconic figures. From its bohemian atmosphere germinated the next great cultural movement – punk - Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren’s fashion designs and music were born on the King’s Road and the area thronged with safety-pinned youth. Readdressing the balance towards respectability, the area later began being reclaimed by quiet well-dressed offspring of the wealthy, the archetypal ‘Sloane Ranger’.
For today’s locals and visitors, the Kings Road still retains its original bohemian vibes, brought up to date with a rich array of stores, restaurants and coffee shops, cultural offerings, bars and much more. It’s still one of Chelsea’s most popular destinations and continues to attract a diverse crowd.
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