Chelsea

Chelsea today is an affluent area in west London,  bounded to the south by the River Thames, where its frontage runs from Chelsea Bridge along the Chelsea Embankment, Cheyne Walk, Lots Road and Chelsea Harbour.

“Chelsea is where I grew up, mostly in the 1950’s. Does that mean I stopped growing up in the 60’s? No comment!”  

“There’s no place like home!” – Written & performed by Trevor Bannister

However, just like an English garden can use trees as a frame to capture a distant landscape belonging elsewhere, so does the view south of the River Thames accomplish a similar setting. The Chelsea of my generation would be nothing without the the most attractive eye sore imaginable, Battersea Power Station.  I might have been one of the first to write a song dedicated to this monstrosity, which we loved to hate. It sat like an upturned billiard table, with long sleek legs belching a never ending stream of sooty smoke above. It just begged to be overturned into an upright position to be put out of its misery.

The station’s celebrity owes much to numerous cultural appearances, which include a shot in The Beatles’ 1965 movie Help!, appearing in the video for the 1982 hit single “Another Thing Comin´” by heavy metal band Judas Priest and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, as well as a cameo appearance in Take That’s music video “The Flood.” In addition, a photograph of the plant’s control room was used as cover art on Hawkwind’s 1977 album Quark, Strangeness and Charm.

Its eastern boundary was once defined by the River Westbourne, which is now in a pipe above Sloane Square tube station. The modern eastern boundary is Chelsea Bridge Road and the lower half of Sloane Street, including Sloane Square, along with parts of Belgravia. To the north and northwest, the area fades into Knightsbridge and South Kensington, but it is safe to say that the area north of King’s Road as far northwest as Fulham Road is part of Chelsea.

The district is part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. From 1900, and until the creation of Greater London in 1965, it formed the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea in the County of London.Ben

Brooksbank / Chelsea: Kings Road.

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The exclusivity of Chelsea as a result of its high property prices has historically resulted in the term Sloane Ranger to be used to describe its residents. From 2011, Channel 4 has broadcast a reality television show called Made in Chelsea, documenting the “glitzy” lives of several young people living in Chelsea. Moreover, Chelsea is home to one of the largest communities of Americans living outside of the United States, with 6.53% of Chelsea-residents being born in the United States.