The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is a superbly situated all-suite hotel in London’s Chelsea, putting you right on the doorstep of some of the city’s most exclusive shops, restaurants and activities. Here’s what not to miss while you’re visiting.
Cheer on your team
Chelsea goes with football like beer goes with burgers, and luckily you can have it all in these parts. Chelsea FC’s home games play at Stamford Bridge, very close to the hotel – the hint that you’re close comes with the crest, which you won’t be able to miss. If you can’t get tickets to see the Premier League team play, you can always take a Chelsea FC Stadium Tour, which will get you close to the trophy cabinet instead, and will even give you a glimpse inside the changing rooms.
Take in some jazz
Credit: David Sinclair / 606 Club
Show your jazz hands or just mellow out to a solo saxophone at the 606 Club – one of London’s best jazz clubs and just a hop, skip and jump from your hotel, located on Lots Road in Chelsea. Owner Steve Rubie has created a truly intimate yet fun and entertaining music venue – ‘Dr Dan’ Reinstein plays here monthly and has been a favourite at the 606 for over a decade. Locals come back for more, and visitors take home memories to last a lifetime. Looking to eat, too? The food is very good and fairly priced for the location.
Learn some more about wine
Right next to Sainsbury’s and the Chelsea Harbour Club is a day activity option with a difference. If you find yourself a little tired of drinking alone on a business trip, or perhaps you feel like learning more about your craft (ahem), why not take a wine-tasting course in Chelsea? The West London Wine School was nominated as the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Educator of the Year for 2012 and 2014 – these people know their stuff. And so will you once you’re done. View all wine courses here.
Shop till you drop on King’s Road
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The King’s Road is a place to see and be seen, and has been since the swinging sixties when fashionistas took to sipping coffee, looking stunning, just as they do today. Here’s the place to load up on everything that’s fabulous and funky, but be prepared for your credit card to take a hit. At the Sloane Square end, Peter Jones is a department store to be reckoned with, while the Duke of York’s Square, with over 30 chic stores, is also worth browsing and stopping to enjoy an alfresco glass of wine or beer in one of its six restaurants. World's End offers more independent cafes and boutiques, and places to people-watch abound at all of them. You’ll be hooked.
Unwind at the Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa
Millennium Chelsea Harbour Hotel – Blue Harbour Spa
All that shopping, dining and wine-tasting can be stressful. Find time to unwind and rediscover your mojo and what better place to do it than in the Millennium Chelsea Harbour Hotel’s Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa? There’s a sauna and steam room in each changing room, a relaxation suite and the funky Figaro Hair Salon. With a variety of revitalising treatments to choose from, you’ll be pampered to the max just minutes from your luxurious room.
Enjoy great food with River Thames views
View from the Millennium Chelsea Harbour Hotel
Along with our very own 5-star Chelsea Harbour Hotel, the sparkling Chelsea Harbour is home to an array of luxury apartments. If you’re looking to buy, they start at roughly GBP 2 million each. You could spend a lot less and get the same views from the Chelsea Harbour Hotel’s Chelsea Riverside Brasserie or from our Terrace. Who knows, you might see famous residents such as Michael Caine, Robbie Williams, Frank Lampard or Tom Stoppard popping out for a stroll. The best way to see this area and to reach other local destinations is to take the River Bus service, which runs regularly from Chelsea Harbour Pier.
Take the Chelsea Walk
In 1834, Thomas Carlyle wrote of Chelsea: “A singular heterogeneous kind of spot, very dirty and confused in some places, quite beautiful in others, abounding in antiquities and traces of great men.” It might not be so different today, but if you’d prefer to make your own mind up, there’s a great self-guided tour you can take; it starts just minutes from the hotel on the chaotic King's Road and heads towards the Thames. Uncover the heartbeat of Chelsea, learn who lived and died here, which royal connections we can link to its exciting history and, once you’re done, blast forward in time as you sip on some wine and reflect on what you’ve learned. Find out more about the Chelsea Walk here.
Explore the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre
Literally on the hotel’s doorstep is the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre – a must for any interior design aficionados. Paint manufacturers, bespoke furniture designers, fabrics outlets and more sit under three glass domes by the riverside. Don’t forget to check the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) bookshop – it’s a beautiful space as much as a hub for information on all things design. If all this geeking makes you thirsty, the north dome is host to a designer cafe run by Absolute Taste.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Closed: Saturday – Sunday and Bank Holidays
Credit: Bluebird Café
Celebrities can often be spotted on the King’s Road, so take some time out to people-watch. A good place to do this from is the infamous Bluebird Café (made even more popular by the TV show Made in Chelsea). Also, newlyweds will often pose for wedding photographs on the steps of the Chelsea Registry Office. Why not take some confetti and join the fun?