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Chelsea - King's Road
The name Chelsea probably originates from Chalk Wharf. Offa King of Mercia held a Synod here in 799, but it was the arrival of Sir Thomas Moore in 1520 that opened up this popular and fashionable town. Within 50 years of his arrival it had become known as the village of palaces with many fine houses and important people living here. An early crowning glory was Sir Christopher Wrens Royal Hospital, site of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Sloane Square
District and Circle lines-

The main artery, the King';s Road (pictured) runs from Sloane Square to Fulham. Up until 1830 it was actually the Kings Private Road, a favourite route and stopping off point for successive kings en route to Kew or Hampton Court. In the 1960's the road became famous for its fashionable boutiques and was synonymous with swinging London. It has a certain Bohemian quality which is probably due to the fact that long before the 60s many famous artists lived a little south of the road, on the river, at Cheyne Walk. See Cheyne Walk.

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