Perfect beginning to our 30 day English and Irish tour.
Very comfy apartment in the upscale neighborhood of Chelsea. Ted took us on a tour that plunged us into the middle of Olympic traffic and road closures, but he knew every back road and short cut in London, so we still had a nice outing. There is nothing he doesn't know about the history and the landmarks of London. Next time we are in London, I may go by to see if we can exercise a bit of a rain check for another tour :-) . The apartment is as the photos show, complete with everything one could need for the stay. Groceries from Marks and Spencers on King's Road or the little Tesco Express two blocks away supplied our needs, or you could spend more at the very trendy Partridge's. We ate our breakfasts in and prepared dinner a couple of times. Otherwise, pubs and restaurants are nearby and perfect for a steady stream of people watching on King's Road. We enjoyed a tour of the Royal Chelsea Hospital, which is actually a retirement home for the military and the site of the annual Chelsea Flower Show. Beautiful grounds and a lot of history. Close by is a war museum, which would not have been of any interest to me, but there was a special exhibit on the use of war horses through history and we were able to get same day matinee tickets (line up at 10 AM at the theatre) to see the fantastic play "War Horse", so it added to our understanding. (You can also line up at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre for returned tickets at 6PM.) Thames River is within walking distance and we walked over the very pretty, newly painted for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, unique Albert Bridge, along the Battersea Park side of the river and back over the Chelsea Bridge. If you like walking, as we obviously do, you can even walk to Harrod's Department Store, which will take you past a fabulous Ralph Lauren store and a cafe/oyster bar/furniture store located in an old converted Michelin Tire factory!! We had a great time getting to know the neighborhood. Ted and Francoise can answer any question you may have about London. It was hot when we were there, so we had to keep our windows open, which was a little noisy with late night passersby. The kitchen of the main house is directly above the bedroom and can be noisy if they are up late. Would we stay there again? Absolutely! It is a great value in a wonderful neighborhood. Be sure to buy your Oyster Card for public transport, so when not walking, buses and underground will get you everywhere from your super Chelsea home.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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