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SW3 area guide

Postcode district: SW3

Location

The SW3 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Brompton, City Of Westminster, Courtfield, Cremorne, Hans Town, Kensington And Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, Knightsbridge Station, London, Royal Hospital, Stanley.

History

From 1900 until the creation of Greater London in 1965, SW3 formed the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea. The Manor of Chelsea can be recorded all the way back to the days of Edward the Confessor in the early eleventh century. King Henry VIII acquired the Manor in 1536 and it is today know as the site of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.Since 1694, Chelsea—once described as “a village of palaces”—has always been a popular location for the wealthy. However it remained rather rural, serving as a market garden to the east. Kings Road, the main thoroughfare in this district, was named for Charles II in the seventeenth century, as it was his private road from St James’s Palace to Fulham. It maintained this purpose until the reign of George IV in 1830. Chelsea now has a modern reputation as a centre of creative influence, as it was once a Victorian artists’ colony during the ninetieth century. It became well-known again in the 1960s as being one of the centres of “Swinging London”. Today, the bohemian feel of the area has long since died out.

Present

Today the Royal Hospital, stretching between Kings Road and the River Thames, dominates this posh district. This area is one of the most desirable areas of London, as well as the most expensive. If it could be absolutely determined, the most coveted street would be St Leonards Terrace which possesses some of the oldest houses in Chelsea dating back to the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Of the fifty-seven homes here, ten of them are presently converted flats. The average property price for this street is slightly over £3,000,000. Residents here enjoy the convenience of Kings Road, which is just a stone’s throw away, where a supermarket, the recently opened Chelsea Cinema and Marks & Spencer can be found. Christ Church CofE Primary School is also located a short distance away on Robinson Street. With an average price of over £5,000,000, Chelsea Square, in the north western part of the district, is one of the most expensive streets to date in SW3. Only three of the fifty-nine homes here have now been converted to flats. Chelsea Square residents would also enjoy the convenience of Kings Road and the close location of a supermarket located a short walk away on Fulham Road. On the other side of the spectrum, with an average price of about £200,000, Mulberry Close is one of the most affordable streets in the SW3 area. It is also fairly close to the supermarket enjoyed by the Chelsea Square residents and has excellent access to Kings Road as well. They also have equal access to both the South Kensington and Sloane Square tube stations.This area with its early Victorian homes, garden squares and cottages is great for education, as St. Thomas More, More House School and many other fantastic prep schools are sprinkled throughout the area. This district, though not home to its own tube stations, provides convenient access to Oxford Circus and Piccadilly through the South Kensington station. At eighty per cent, this district has the highest concentration of Caucasians in all of Greater London. However, the White British population only makes up half. There is also a high population percentage of South Africans and Australians living here. The proportion of Asians and Blacks are relatively low by London standards.