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1. Posted by aussie_lad (Budding Member 15 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm wondering if anyone can give me some info. on the Chelsea area in london? I will be living and working in a pub in Chelsea in 2 weeks time, and from the info. I can gather on the net, it appears to be a rather expensive area to live.
I'm hoping the people in the area aren't too snobbish!
Is the Chelsea a nice area? traffic congested? polluted? and my nearest tube station in Sloane far from the city would this be?
Any info would be great!!

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Chelsea is often a misued word in London. You can live in Chelsea proper or you can be in the Council Borough of "Chelsea and Kensington" which includes areas that are expensive and others that are not so.

However, if you are in the upmarket area of Chelsea, then your nearest tube might be Sloane Square or maybe Knightsbridge or even South Kensington. Either way, it's an ecellent part of town, and really well located. It's only a few stops from the West End of London (Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, etc) and I guess the travel time might be 15 mins.

As for the clientele that you will be dealing with, yeah you might be dealing with the occasional snob, but most people will probably be quite okay. I don't see it as an issue.

As for congestion and pollution, mate, it's London so there's gonna be heaps of both. But with the congestion comes the excitement - London is a drug.

Party on - you are about to start an unforgettable adventure!

3. Posted by WeeJoe (Full Member 336 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Everything that James has said is absolutely true mate. My top tip is this...dont rent a flat near where you work (obviously quite close but not in the same place)therefore you will immediatley know your way around 2 good areas and will develop 2 big groups of mates (bringing these together is when the fun starts!). If i were you I would rent slightly north in Notting Hill or Shepherds Bush, both are affordable and have quite a few blow-ins living there like Australians, New Zealanders, Irish, South African and Scottish (the one thing about these nationalities is that they all know how to throw a party, you will love it)....or slightly south, just over the Battersea Bridge (about 10 minutes on the bus) is Clapham, where ive lived for 2 years now...the 'blow-in' demographic is very much the same but Clapham is fantastic, has great nightlife, a huge park, Clapham Common (party central in the sunny weather) there were a couple of big nights there this summer with Groove Armada, Sasha and Eric Morillo all playing. Clapham North and Clapham South are relatively inexpensive places to live and are quite safe, full of young people (i have mates in Clapham who work in Chelsea) and with a nice community feel even though you are 25 minutes from the West End (Picadilly, Leicester Sq and Soho). I cant walk up Clapham High Street now without bumping into someone i know, wonderful in what has the reputation of being an unfriendly town.

You'll love it mate. Take it easy.

4. Posted by aussie_lad (Budding Member 15 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info. guys! Glad to hear the area is fairly central!
WeeJoe, I need not worry about renting anywhere, as I will be living-in at the pub that I'm working at - The Chelsea Potter, do you know it?

5. Posted by WeeJoe (Full Member 336 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Dont know The Chelsea Potter, but i'll pop in to have a look at some stage. Hope it all goes well for you mate.

6. Posted by meowpok (Full Member 44 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, loved that area...have lived in Earl's Court, and it is very convenient to get to Sloane Square on the tube...check out that area. It is safe, suitably close to town and work and not too grubby! AND AND, most importantly, in case the tube fails u, which happens all the time, hahhah, u can walk to work, takes about 45 mins for me...