29 July 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Chelsea - London

Commercial properties to rent in Chelsea.

Chelsea is one of London’s most affluent areas, home to many of the city’s rich and famous. The area falls within the London borough of Kensington & Chelsea and has become synonymous with wealth and luxury. The area has even been the subject of its own reality TV show, Made in Chelsea, which follows young residents of Chelsea living extravagant lifestyles. Its central location makes it a popular place to live and work, as central London is within half an hour’s journey.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is in the borough, where the famous red-coated army veterans live out their retirements. It’s also the site of the popular annual Chelsea flower show, which is held on the hospital’s grounds every year and opened out to members of the public.

Chelsea has been home to members of English nobility since the 16th century, when King Henry VIII bought a manor in the area to house his wives. It was largely a market garden until the 19th century and was once described as ‘a village of palaces’ due to the large, ornately constructed houses in the area.

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Property statistics


  • Commercial properties in Chelsea: 1421
  • Total Available: 99
  • Largest available unit: 30,394 sq ft
  • Tallest commercial building: 7 floors
  • Most listings available on: Kings Road (305 Buildings)

Transport

 

UndergroundChelsea doesn’t have an underground station directly in its area, but nearby Sloane Square station is where you can get on the District and Circle lines.

OvergroundImperial Wharf railway station is located near Chelsea Harbour. It’s on the West London line and is served by London Overground and Southern Trains.

National RailNational Rail services to many destinations across the country serve Imperial Wharf station, making it easy to travel across both London and the UK from Chelsea.

BusLondon buses that serve Chelsea are the 11, 14, 19, 22, 49, 170, 211, 319, 328, 345, 414, C3, N11, N19, N31. It will take you around half an hour to get to central London by bus.

AirThe closest airport to Chelsea is London City airport, which is about an hour’s journey away both on the roads or via public transport.

Chelsea is also within easy reach of London Heathrow for those who are travelling farther afield. It’s between a 25- and 50-minute journey, depending on which time of day you’re travelling. You can also take a train, which will take around an hour.

Direct journeys run from Piccadilly station (a 12-minute walk away) or Earl’s Court, which is just a 4-minute train journey away from the area. Gatwick airport can be reached by a combination of train and bus, which will take around an hour.

Offices to rent in Chelsea

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Retail units to rent in Chelsea

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Facilities

There are 16 gyms in the area – take a look

  • Barrecore Chelsea
  • Virgin Active Chelsea
  • KOBOX
  • Anytime Fitness Chelsea

Banks and Post Offices There are more than 18 banks in the area

  • Natwest (four branches)
  • Barclays (three branches)
  • HSBC (two branches)
  • Santander (two branches)
  • Metro Bank (one branch)
  • Handelsbanken Chelsea (one branch)
  • Blom Bank France (one branch)
  • Hoare & Co. (one branch)

There are at least three post offices in the area.

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • Tesco (five small stores)
  • Waitrose (one large store, one small store)
  • M&S Simply Food (two stores)
  • Partridges (two stores)
  • Co-op (one store)

The area’s most prominent shopping centre is Duke of York Square, which sits just off Chelsea’s Kings Road. Built on the site of the former Royal Military Asylum, the square is home to the iconic Saatchi Gallery at its centre and is a bustling destination for shopping, brunches or dinner at one of its upmarket restaurants. You’ll find more than 30 stores including Europe’s largest Zara store and other high end retail stores like Space NK, ALLSAINTS, L.K.Bennett and Boden.

You’ll also find high street favourites and more excellent places to catch up and eat at Victoria Place Shopping Centre, which is right next to London Victoria Station.

Retail properties to let in Chelsea 

Agents with the most listings in the area:

 

Miles Commercial - 14

Savills - 11

CBRE - 9

Instant Offices - 9

Boston Gilmore - 5

The Lorenz Consultancy - 4

Offices on Realla that offer something a bit different

 

Michelin House

The Chambers, Chelsea Harbour

The Workary, Chelsea Old Town Hall

39 Tadema Road

1 Knightsbridge

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Meet the neighbours – noteworthy Chelsea businesses


  • Cath Kidston
  • Syco Music
  • Daily Mail and General Trust
  • Babylon Health
  • PMR Records

Large offices and co-working spaces in Chelsea

 

180 Brompton Road

503 Design Centre East

140 Brompton Road

63-81 Pelham Street

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Serviced offices to let in Chelsea

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Did you know?


  • Chelsea Football Club, which bears the area’s name, is actually in nearby Fulham. It’s one of the most well-known football clubs in the world and was founded more than 110 years ago in
  • Lots of famous names have called Chelsea home over the years, including Oscar Wilde, Bernie Ecclestone, Stella McCartney, James Dyson, Eric Clapton and Charles Saatchi.
  • The famous Chelsea Bun, a sweet treat made of a strip of dough wound into a spiral shape, was created at the now demolished Bun House in the 18th It was a highly fashionable dessert, reported to be a favourite of German Royalty and is still enjoyed to this day by people across the world
  • Michelin House, which has now been converted to office space, was the original UK headquarters of the world-famous Michelin Tyre Company back in 1911.
  • The Royal Hospital Chelsea was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built back in the 1680s. It still stands today and is home to military veterans.
  • Chelsea’s famous Sloane Square gets its name from physician Sir Hans Sloane, who served Queen Anne, George I and George
  • The cast of Made in Chelsea includes a diamond heir, heir to the McVities biscuit fortune and the son of Russian royalty.

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