If you’ve got a few quid to spare and fancy picking up something special Chelsea is well worth a visit. And if you haven’t got a penny to your name don’t fret – many of its museums are FREE to enter!
Chelsea’s fine art galleries, dashing museums, luxury hotels and vibrant arts scene make it the perfect spot for a weekend trip, here are five things you’ve got to do while you’re in the land of MIC.
1. Get Your Hands on Some Affordable Antiques at the Little Chelsea Fair
The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair is one of London’s most unique and individual antique fairs. Held in Chelsea Old Town Hall on London’s lovely King’s Road, the fair attracts visitors from near and far. Known as ‘the Affordable Antiques Fair’, the Little Chelsea Antique Fair is popular among arts and antique dealers, respected collectors and members of the public with prices ranging from as little as £10 to a staggering £30,000! The Little Chelsea Fair takes place on selected dates in March and October, with the next fair being held on Monday 13th October 2014. Visit and see what treasure you can find.
2. See the Sights at the Saatchi Gallery
Located just off Sloane Square on the famous King’s Road, The Saatchi Gallery is jam-packed with contemporary art. It’s all about forward thinking pieces by young artists or international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. Having worked with the likes of The Observer, The Sunday Times and Evening Standard, the Saatchi Gallery operates as a ‘springboard’ for young artists looking to launch their careers. Don’t miss the ‘Body Language’ exhibition, on show now.
3. Open Your Ears at Cadogan Hall
Situated smack bang in the middle of Chelsea, Cadogan Hall has become a bit of a London icon. Its excellent acoustics and totally luxurious surroundings make it a first choice for some of the industry’s top critics and UK’s top orchestras, including Cadogan Hall’s resident orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic. Soak up a bit of classical music with the world-famous BBC Proms Chamber Music Series, or take a look at their website to find out more about contemporary jazz, folk and world music events.
4. Soak up the Sun at the Serpentine Gallery
A little further out of Sloane Square and Chelsea, the Serpentine Gallery and the newly opened Serpentine Sackler Gallery can be found either side of the Serpentine Lake, in the middle of leafy Hyde Park. The new Sackler Gallery was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and gives new life to The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store and now delightful restaurant, providing contemporary and fresh cuisine to compliment the art on show by Oliver “Ollysan” Lange. The Serpentine galleries are totally free to enter, and showcase some pretty exciting work by contemporary artists. The Summer Pavilion is the height of interest; each year a distinguished architect is invited to build a temporary structure which sits alongside the gallery over the summer months. It’s always controversial!
5. Go Exploring at the Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is a museum to get lost in. Its many galleries exhibit antiques, artefacts, decorative art and designs – a total haven of incredible art and culture. Founded in 1852, the museum is named after Queen Victoria and her hubbie, Prince Albert. The V&A has 145 galleries and a collection which spans 5000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day. The collections of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The WHOLE WORLD.