Turn right or left off the King’s Road, and you’ll still find the attractions of Chelsea pretty much untouched. It’s a wonderfully leafy neighborhood – almost every street is lined with great plane trees and the pavements dappled with shade. A wander round the back streets of Chelsea is its own reward. There are marvelous places to be found in the neighborhood, like Crosby Hall, Thomas More’s old house, on the banks of the Thames – a stunning relic of Tudor London. Or Carlyle’s House, a Queen Anne house in a quiet tree-lined street, which retains his study and many of the rooms furnished in true high Victorian style, with memoirs of Chopin, Dickens, and other nineteenth century cultural figures. Fine high Georgian houses line the Thames at Cheyne Walk, but my favorites were always the candy-colored cottages of Bywater Street. But another side of Chelsea is much livelier – it’s the hard partying clubber’s paradise. That strand of Chelsea life goes right back to the 1960’s and it hasn’t stopped yet. The King’s Road remains the life and soul of this party. Chelsea has a few fine old pubs too, as you might expect – but they come with a particular Chelsea twist, particularly on the gastro-pub side.