Built on rubble excavated from the Royal Docks, Battersea Park faces the Royal Borough of Chelsea and offers fine urban views from its perimeter pathways. Look across the water east to Chelsea Bridge, and scan westwards down the red-brick Embankment to Chelsea Old Church, where Thomas More prayed. Henry James lived on Cheyne Walk, while Oscar Wilde lived on nearby Tite Street until his 1885 arrest at the Cadogan Hotel for "gross indecency." The area is still home to artists studios, clubs and Heatherleys School of Fine Art. Enjoy Sunday lunch in a local gastropub, and stop and smell the roses at flower-filled Chelsea Physic Gardens.
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Getting Around London
The best way to get around London is using public transportation and taxis. Poor parking availability and legendary traffic makes driving tricky, and Americans may find it challenging to drive on the opposite side or the car and road. Gatwick Express is the fastest train service from Gatwick to Central London. Trains run daily directly into London Victoria train and tube station starting at 4:35 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., then run every 15 minutes from 5:50 a.m. until 12:35 a.m. with the last trains leaving at 12:50 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. Fares: 1st Class £26 (Single), £50 (Return); Express Class £17.90 (Single), £30.80 (Return). Heathrow Express is the fastest train service from Heathrow to Paddington Station. Trains run from 5 a.m. until midnight from Heathrow. The standard single fare is £20 and standard return costs £34.
Nearby Airports
  • London Heathrow Airport-LHR
  • Gatwick Airport-LGW
Airport Taxis
  • £45-£83-Heathrow to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
  • £78-£98-Gatwick to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
Things to Do and See Near Chelsea
  • London Eye
  • British Museum
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Tate Modern
  • London Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • London Bridge
  • Globe Theatre
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Marylebone
  • Middle Temple
  • Covent Garden
  • Palace of Westminster