King’s Road

King's Road - sign

In royal London there must be a King’s Road (and there are more than one). This particular road runs through the boroughs of Fulham and Chelsea, an affluent part of west London. It used to be a private road owned by Charles II to travel to Kew.

Today, the road contains a mixture of commercial and residential properties and like most London contains the architecture of many eras. The oldest houses date from early 18th century.

King’s Road starts (or ends depending on how you want to look at it) at busy Sloan Square, which is the boundary for three fashionable areas in west-central London, Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea.

Along the way you have the Saatchi gallery, the largest free—entry museum of contemporary art. It has held many controversial exhibitions but has also been a useful stepping stone for young, contemporary British artists.

Kings road - Saatchi gallery

I like this road mostly for its varying architecture and its buzz of people all the time, no matter where you start on the long walk you will experience such a variety of life to set your inspiration and imagination spiralling.

The extra bits: Ranalegh Gardens, adjacent to King’s Road, a beautiful former 18th century public pleasure garden that also host the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Kings road - Chelsea Hospital

Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite K street in London or in your own hometown/favourite city.

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2 Responses to King’s Road

  1. Eva says:

    Are there several streets with the same name? And how do the post deliverers know which one is the right?
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    EvaMail Adventures

    • jebjork says:

      There are several streets that have the same name, so in Britain they rely heavily on the postcode. Where every digit is important and shows even down to which side of the street you live on. Very different from Sweden (where I’m from) where the same post code serve a large area or Ireland, where you don’t have a post code at all. But I guess it depends on the size/population of the country.

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