Events

Meeting with Chelsea Residents’ Associations and the new Deputy Leaders of RBKC
Event | Sep 25, 2017

The Chelsea Society meets with the Residents’ Associations of Chelsea. This is a popular annual event, and was attended by more than 100 people ...

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Royal Yacht Britannia
Event | Oct 09, 2017

The Society is delighted to announce an illustrated lecture on Monday 9th October by Commodore A.J.C. Morrow CVO, RN, the last captain of Britannia The ...

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Meet the new Leader
Event | Oct 30, 2017

Monday 30th October in the Small Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall, at 6.30 pm Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, the new Leader of the Council ...

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Autumn Lecture – Prof. William Ayliffe
Event | Nov 06, 2017

Monday 6th November at 6.30 at Chelsea Old Town Hall Prof William Ayliffe FRCS PhD is one of the most experienced ophthalmologists in the ...

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2017 AGM
Event | Nov 20, 2017

On Monday 20th November 2017 all the Members of the Society meet at 6.30 pm in the Great Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall ...

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Chelsea Barracks re-development

  Chelsea Barracks – London, Chelsea Barracks gets green light (again) 21 May 2104/ Harry Hanscomb Westminster Council last night granted planning for the ...

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“Chelsea Island” development

Letter to Planning & Development Dept., LBHF 29th December 2016 Dear Mr Du Plessis Application 2016/05302/VAR (CHELSEA ISLAND) I am writing to Object on ...

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1A Walton St – Refusal of Basement application

The planning application  for a large basement under the old courthouse/old school at 1A Walton Street has been refused. The member of the Society’s Planning Committee ...

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2013 AGM: Chelsea Old Town Hall

AGM: Chelsea Old Town Hall 6.30pm

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2013 CrossRail 2 Debate

The Society’s meeting on Crossrail 2 on 30th September was packed. Richard De Cani from Transport for London (TfL) said that London needed a ...

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2014 AGM

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 24th November in The Large Hall, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea. The President, ...

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2015 AGM

Chelsea Society AGM. The AGM is for members only. Location: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE Time: 6.30pm

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2015 AGM

  The AGM of The Chelsea Society will be held at Chelsea Old Town Hall on Monday 21st November at 6.30pm All members are ...

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2015 Autumn lecture: Chelsea’s Social Housing

  The industrialisation of the cities at the turn of the last century prompted families to abandon the countryside to seek work in the ...

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2015 Lecture Programme

We are delighted to announce the final in this year’s lecture dates as follows: 23rd March 2015 Colour, Controversy and Chelsea: JMW Turner in ...

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2016 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 21st November 2016 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, and was attended by more than 100 Members In the ...

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2016 Autumn Lecture

As the “Explore the Foreshore” event was such a success, we have asked Dr Fiona Haughey, a leading Thames archaeologist, who led the walk, ...

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2017 AGM

On Monday 20th November 2017 all the Members of the Society meet at 6.30 pm in the Great Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall ...

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60 Sloane Avenue

THE BUILDING This is an important building, which was intended to be the motor showroom for Harrods.   We think that it is essential ...

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60 Sloane Avenue redevelopment (former Harrods car showroom)

60 Sloane Avenue was built by Harrods as their motor car showroom and workshop (at about the same time as the Michelin tyre depot ...

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A Celebration of Chelsea

The Chelsea Residents Association presents A Celebration of Chelsea at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea. An evening of opera and song with readings by Loyd ...

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About us

Find out more about The Chelsea Society

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Advertphone Appeals – a bad result for the King’s Road

Over the last 15 years the Council has pursued a policy of driving up the quality of our streetscape. In the late 1990s, following ...

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Affinity Sutton Estate

 Planning Application PP/15/04878 On 15th November 2016 the Planing Committee of RBKC agreed with their officer’s recommendation and resolved to refuse the application subject ...

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Air Pollution

  Registered Charity 276264 Founded in 1927 to preserve and improve the amenities of Chelsea for the public benefit.   AIR QUALITY Poor air-quality ...

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Airbnb

It is unlawful for owners to let out their homes in London without planning permission on short-term lets for an aggregate of more than 90 ...

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Andreas von Einsiedel

Monday 20th March 2017 at 6.30pm in the Small Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall Peter York interviews Andreas von Einsiedel on “A Photographic record ...

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Anniversary Dinner – Caledonian Club

Monday 11th December 7pm for 7.30 2017 is the 90th Anniversary of The Chelsea Society, and we will be holding a celebratory dinner at ...

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was an opportunity for members to gather, hear the Chairman’s annual review and to ask questions. As ever it was ...

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Annual Reports

The Annual Report has been produced every year since 1927...

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Annual Residents Association Meeting

This annual event, held as usual in Chelsea Old Town Hall, provided an opportunity for residents’ associations to meet the new Cabinet Member for ...

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Architect Henry Squire speaking about Hans Place

Architect Henry Squire, Partner at Squire and Partners will be speaking on Hans Place, a project under construction in Knightsbridge which presents a modern ...

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Ask Nick: Conversation with the Leader of the Council

Tuesday 11 February 2014, 18.30 – 20.00 (18.00 for refreshments) Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, King’s Road, London SW10 0DR Residents, local businesses, ...

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Ask Nick: RBKC Council Leader Nick Paget-Brown

The seventh in the series of ‘Ask Nick’ events is taking place on Thursday 9 July 2015. This is a great opportunity to ask ...

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Autumn Lecture – Prof. William Ayliffe

Monday 6th November at 6.30 at Chelsea Old Town Hall Prof William Ayliffe FRCS PhD is one of the most experienced ophthalmologists in the ...

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Basement Bill and Debates

Find out about more about on the Basement Bill and Debates

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Basement developments

The Chelsea Society has objected as follows to the application PP/17/00133 for a large basement under the old courthouse at 1A Walton street. “The ...

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Basement Developments – at last some good news

  We had good news from Jonathan Bore from RBKC Planning and Borough Development earlier… “Dear All Great news – we have been successful ...

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Become a Chelsea Artist!

On Wednesday 15th February eight members of The Chelsea Society were privileged to sketch a live model with professional help, at the London Sketch Club 17 Dilke ...

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Broadband Cabinets Planted with Care?

BT has been given itself permission to plonk an ugly steel broadband cabinet in front of the Arts and Crafts railings of J D ...

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Brompton Cemetery Open Day

The Chelsea Society will have a stand at the Open Day from 11am until 5pm The Friends of Brompton Cemetery’s annual summer Open Day ...

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Brompton Hospital: Workshop: St Luke’s Hall (evening)

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Business Rates

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has received the following letter from the Chairman of the Chelsea Society, which was copied to Rt. Hon. Sayid Javid MP, ...

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Cadogan Estate

The architectural competition for the café at the Duke of York’s Square was won by NEX last December, who have been working up the ...

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CADOGAN PIER

The Chelsea Society considers that this Application for a certificate of lawful use should be refused, for the reasons set out in our written ...

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Café on Duke of York Square

Public exhibitions have been held, and The Chelsea Society supports Cadogan’s  proposal for a new café,  to replace the existing temporary structure. Planning permission PP/16/02390 ...

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Carlyle School Car Park – Hortensia Road

A mix of privately-rented houses and flats will be built by Grainger plc, in collaboration with the Borough Council, on the school car park ...

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Cavaye House, Fulham Road

The Member of the Society’s Planning Committee for Stanley Ward, Patrick Baty, wrote to RBKC as follows on 9th February 2017 : 158-168 Fulham ...

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Cecil Beaton

LECTURE On Monday 27th February 2017 at 6.30 pm in the Small Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall Andrew Ginger was interviewed by Peter York ...

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Chairman’s Annual Reports

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Chairman’s Speech 2012

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CHELSEA SOCIETY HELD ON 26TH NOVEMBER 2012     My Lord President, ladies and gentlemen, ...

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Chairman’s Speech 2013

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CHELSEA SOCIETY HELD ON 25TH NOVEMBER 2013 Mr President, Vice-President, Members of the Council, Members ...

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CHANGE OF USE TO RESIDENTIAL

In May 2019 national planning regulations will change, and a system of prior approval will replace the existing need for planning permission for change ...

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Changes to Ward Boundaries

From time to time Local Government Boundary Commission reviews ward boundaries with the intention of ensuring that the number of electors per Councillor is ...

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Chelsea Barracks Proposal

PUBLIC EXHIBITION There is the opportunity to go to an exhibition to view potential plans for Chelsea Barracks. Thursday 30th January – 3pm – ...

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Chelsea Boats

The Chairman of the Society’s Planning Committee was invited by the chairman of the Cheyne Walk Trust to meet representatives of houseboat residents who ...

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Chelsea Cricket Match

After consultation with The Chelsea Arts Club, the cricket match has been postponed to next year.    

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Chelsea Exhibition – June 2014

Find out more about the upcoming 2014 exhibition

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Chelsea Fire Station – Public Meeting

Colleagues, I am forwarding an email with details of a public meeting being held by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) next ...

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Chelsea Hospital Petition Now Closed

The online and written petition to oppose the Draft Royal Brompton Hospital Supplementary Planning Document published for consultation by the Council on 27 February 2014 ...

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Chelsea In The Great War

Discover how young men enthusiastically joined up at The Duke of York’s HQ and how those who stayed at home supported the war effort. ...

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Chelsea in The Great War – Home Fires Burning

Ann de La Grange Sury and Gavin Roynon will be reading extracts from Home Fires Burning, the Great War diaries of Georgina Lee, Ann’s grandmother. Georgina ...

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Chelsea in The Great War – Military Matters with the Loos Football

Take time out to enjoy the spirit of the First World War. See the Loos Football which was last presented at Chelsea Football Club ...

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Chelsea in The Great War – Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty

WOUNDED: FROM BATTLEFIELD TO BLIGHTY  Dr Emily Mayhew will talk on her recent and highly acclaimed book, Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty.  She tells of the ...

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Chelsea In The Great War Gathers Pace

One always expects the unexpected when walking along the King’s Road, but seeing the men from the Chelsea Arts Club in full regalia of ...

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Chelsea Night Photoshoot images

Click here to see the images captured on our Night Photoshoot with The Royal Photographic Society.

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Chelsea Society Members’ Survey – what you said

Many thanks to all those who recently completed our member survey.

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Chelsea Society visit to Fishmongers’ Hall

Find out more about or visit to this historic location

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Children & the Arts concert 15th December 2016

The Chairman hopes that Members will support this concert at the Cadogan Hall at 7.30 on 15th December  

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Christ Church Chelsea

Letter sent by the Chairman of the Planning Committee to RBKC on 11th July 2016 about Christ Church, Chelsea – PP/16/04188 as follows: “The Applicants ...

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Cineworld Cinema – 279 King’s Road

The Chairman of the Chelsea Society’s Planning Committee met on 1st February 2017 with the Architect and Planning Consultants acting for the owner, Mr. ...

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CITY OF LONDON WALKABOUT

The Gherkin A commentary by Nick Gent, a member of The Chelsea Society. Eight members of the Society attended a walking tour arranged by the ...

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Congestion Charging

We have received the following invitation from TfL. If you have any views on this which you would like the Chelsea Society to give ...

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Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP)

If a condition requiring a Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) was applied to planning consent, this condition will need to be formally discharged before ...

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Council launches anti-begging campaign

RBKC is running an anti-begging campaign, urging us to support official charities rather than street beggars. “The fact is that begging is a pretty big ...

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Council reminds owners of listed buildings of their responsibilities

Listed buildings are special architecturally or historically. They are such an important part of our heritage that it is a crime to carry out ...

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Cricket Pavilion at Burton Court

The Royal Hospital authorities are consulting on plans to repair or rebuild the cricket pavilion, which has been an attractive feature of Burton Court ...

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Crossrail 2 Debate

Find out about Crossrail plans.

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Crossrail update

On 18th July 2017 the Crossrail 2 Local Engagement Manager of Transport for London answered a question as follows from Sir Paul Lever, a member of ...

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Crossrail2 TfL Drop In Session – 28/11

TfL recognises the importance of everyone having a full understanding of the Crossrail2 project and has organised a drop in session, details of which ...

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Crossrail2 TfL Drop In Session – 9/12

TfL recognises the importance of everyone having a full understanding of the Crossrail2 project and has organised a drop in session, details of which ...

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Crossrail2 TfL Drop In Session – 9/12

TfL recognises the importance of everyone having a full understanding of the Crossrail2 project and has organised a drop in session, details of which ...

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Crossrail2-Chelsea Society’s Position

THE CHELSEA SOCIETY’S RESPONSE TO TRANSPORT FOR LONDON’S CONSULTATION The Chelsea Society does understand that Crossrail2 is being planned to serve London for many ...

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Curzon Cinema

  The following letter was sent by The Chelsea Society on 17th July 2015 to Mr. Graham Stallwood,  Executive Director of Planning and Borough ...

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Curzon Cinema – Public Announcement from Cadogan

Cadogan has released a public announcement which you can read via the link SS Aug14 19 briefing NEW2-2[1] Cadogan confirms they are working hard to ...

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Cycle quietways

  The Society is certainly not against responsible cycling in Chelsea, but it has to be acknowledged that central London is a very dangerous ...

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Dark brilliance: Agatha Christie, poisonous plants and murder mysteries

January 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s death, and considering that only Shakespeare and the Bible can claim to have more books ...

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David Le Lay

It is with great sadness that we report the death of David Le Lay on 17th January 2017. He was the ninth Chairman of the ...

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Development in Lots Road area

Just over nine years ago, John Prescott (then Deputy Prime Minister) over-ruled the Planning Inspector and approved the developer’s application to develop both the ...

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Discussion Meeting on Planning

On 10th April 2017 Mr. Graham Stallwood, Executive Director of Planning and Borough Development of RBKC, and Cllr. Tim Coleridge, Cabinet-member for Planning Policy ...

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Discussion meeting on RBKC Finances

On 22nd May 2017 in the Small Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall at 6.30pm, Councillor Warwick Lightfoot, Cabinet-member for Finance and Strategy at ...

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race

The race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge is the longest continuing annual sporting event in the world.  It traces its origin back to 1715 ...

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race

Tuesday 15 July 2014 Please assemble by 1.00 pm at Cadogan Pier on Chelsea Embankment to walk down to see the finish of the race at 1.10pm. ...

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge Rowing Race

Thomas Doggett was an Irish actor who came to London in about 1690. After  success on the stage at Drury Lane Theatre he went ...

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge Rowing Race 300th Anniversary Year

The race was first held in 1715 to mark the first  anniversary of the accession of George I, which makes the Doggett’s Coat and ...

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Donations and Legacies

The Society is a registered charity and is always very pleased to receive donations and legacies to assist with its important work to preserve ...

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Duke of York’s Chapel

The chapel to the former Duke of York’s Military Headquarters is a Grade II* listed chapel.  It was built in 1824 between Cheltenham Terrace and the ...

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Electric car spaces in Chelsea

We support the use of electric cars in Chelsea. Electric cars will need public and private charging points for their batteries. With regard to ...

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Events for 2017

We have so far arranged the following events  for 2017, which will be the 90th Anniversary of the Society.  Please put them in your ...

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Explore the foreshore

  Walk by Leading Thames Archaeologist Dr Fiona Haughey. Where can you find a Bronze Age human skull, a Neolithic alder wood beater, or ...

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Explore the Foreshore in Chelsea

After the huge success of the Guided Walk last year, we have managed to persuade Dr Fiona Haughey to return and take another group ...

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Extra storeys without permission?

  The government is proposing to allow extra storeys to be built on existing buildings without planning permission. This would adversely affect the character ...

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Five Things Whistler Did For Artists

Five Things Whistler Did For Artists by David Le Lay James McNeill Whistler was not just one of the most outstanding painters of the ...

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Featured News

Grenfell Tower

On 19th July RBKC decided to acquire a long leasehold interest in 4 Hortensia Road SW10  to provide 31 flats as affordable housing for ...

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Paul Aitkenhead

  It is with great regret that the Society announces the death on 5th May 2017 of Paul Aitkenhead.  Paul lived in Draycott Avenue ...

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Telephone kiosks

The Chelsea Society considers that in the age of the mobile phone there are far too many ugly telephone kiosks cluttering the streets of ...

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