At lastminute.com we love helping people live the last minute lifestyle, and there’s no better place in London where this philosophy fits more than the neighbourhood of Chelsea. It does help that this area is home to some of London’s wealthiest residents which makes it a lot easier to say “hey guys, let’s go skiing in Chamonix tomorrow”!
“But how can we compete with the trust funds of Chelsea?” I hear you ask! Well, the eagle-eyed among you may have already spotted our London hotel TV ads that are running over the next 10 weeks during the ad breaks of Made in Chelsea. We’ll be offering great deals on hotels in London – starting this week with 4* London hotels from £99. This means you can at least live life the last minute Chelsea lifestyle, even if it might be just for one night!
To help you get into the spirit, here are a few places to stay in Chelsea at the last minute.
Starting with a 5* stunner, why not visit the No 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel, celebrity spotting aficionados may be familiar with the Cadogan area of Chelsea, as celebs are often papped shopping at various boutiques in the area. This charming, boutique hotel is housed within a former Victorian mansion and what was the carriage houses. Despite its leafy, and quiet location, you will be literally a stones throw away from one of London’s most prestigious shopping areas.
Another amazing four star Chelsea hotel to enjoy in the area is Sydney House. It might be on a quiet Chelsea street, but it is right next to the King’s Road, possibly THE most famous street in Chelsea. Behind its Georgian exterior lays the beating heart of a true 21st Century hotel, with Frette lines, goose down quilts and glass bathrooms, your comfort is their priority!
This fabulous four-star, the Millennium Hotel , is located in the prestigious Sloane Street and surrounded by designer boutiques and luxury shopping. Not only does the hotel boast chic luxury bedrooms, with outstanding views of London, but also a stylish cocktail bar and a pan-Asian restaurant.
The Jurys Inn Chelsea can also be found near the fashionable Kings Road, but it also has the benefit of being close to the Thames. If you are a little less rah and a bit more roar, this hotel is within easy reach of both Chelsea and Fulham Football Club’s stadiums.
If you fancy something a little different to a hotel and want to hang out with your mates, why not check out the Chelsea Cloisters? These apartments include a fully equipped kitchen, Satellite TV along with separate and spacious living and dining areas, complete with sofas.
If you really looking to splash out, then why not go the whole hog and book into a five-star swank pad. Thompson Hotels’ premier transatlantic hotel, Belgraves, is just minutes from the bustling Sloane Square. Here they have a blend of traditional British hospitality with an American bohemian twist; ideal if you have just jetted back to the capital from New York!
For those of you who are more interested in dining out here are three super Chelsea restaurants to get your teeth into, all currently boasting some bargain-busting deals.
First up is Foxtrot Oscar, the cheekily titled name of one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. This local bistro is based in the heart of Chelsea, and rather than worrying about having to be dressed head-to-toe in designer clobber, the ambiance is friendly and relaxed. Serving hearty classic fare, with quality British ingredients, this is the perfect place to start your Chelsea adventure and has a special two-course deal of £18 at the moment.
The Bluebird Restaurant is a fabulous addition to the King’s Road scene. You can take your pick of lunch, afternoon tea or dinner and there is a £20 for two courses deal on at the moment. It’s modern, yet intimate, cosy yet filled with light – it really is a wonderful place to see and be seen in. The bar also has a nice sexy vibe of its own, so worth popping in for a drink!
Last but by no means least, The Rib Room, is elegance personified. Currently offering an amazing three courses for £25, if you are feeling really flush you can also enjoy the private dining experience. Head Chef Ian Rudge’s world-renowned roast rib of beef has to be eaten to be believed, while head sommelier Louise Gordon has created a list of over 450 wines and champagnes, presented to guests on an interactive iPad list, which will take all the worry away from ordering the right bottle of wine!
Check out the blog each week for more Chelsea and Kensington updates, we will be focusing on different areas, from Mayfair to Knightsbridge.
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