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King's Road

kings road london englandKing's Road in Chelsea was originally a private road to take King Charles II from Hampton Court to his Palace in Whitehall. Entry to the street was only allowed to ticket holders. It was only in the 1830's that the public was finally allowed to use the road.

The road really started to buzz in the swinging sixties when its trendy fashion shops became the main port of call for everybody who wanted to look cool.

Today King's Road still has exclusive designer shops and is frequented by Sloane Rangers. (Sloane Rangers entered the dictionary in the 1980's to describe well-to-do young ladies who were named after Sloane Square at the top of King's Road).

The square itself was originally named after Sir Hans Sloane, the benefactor of the Chelsea Physic Garden, and whose collection of artefacts formed the initial collection of the British Museum.

The area around King's Road is also a great place to hunt for antiques.

As well as the many up-market antique shops, there are frequent sales held at the auction houses in adjoining Lots Road, and Chelsea Old Town Hall in King's Road is the venue for a regular antiques fair.

Address: Chelsea, London, SW3 5UW

Nearest Underground (Tube) Station: Sloane Square

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