Made in Chelsea is the British TV series that follows the trials and tribulations of a bunch of pretty, privileged twenty-somethings as they shop and party around London’s most glamorous locations. Granted, all the fast cars, champagne and glamour is enough to make you green with envy, but follow Travel Edits’ guide to this ‘totes amaze’ corner of London and you too can live the Made in Chelsea dream for a weekend at least…
Where to Stay:
Forget boring hotel chains, if you want to fit in with Millie, Cheska and co. you need to sort yourself a posh pad for the weekend. Enter One Fine Stay, offering the ultimate in ‘unhotel’ decadence. This chic website gives you the chance to make yourself at home in someone else’s house while they are out of town. And these are no ordinary houses. Each property has been carefully selected for its elegant and quirky features.
2 Cadogen Street is just one option available in the Chelsea area. Should you stay here, you’re just steps away from Sloane Square and Chelsea’s King’s Road. Here, you’ll find an arthouse cinema, the Royal Court Theatre, boutiques so you can shop like Mark Francis and Rosie, and cafés and restaurants where you can catch up on all the gossip. Knightsbridge is nearby, Kensington’s museums and gardens too, or you can ‘slum it’ and hop onto the tube. The journey from Sloane Square to Piccadilly Circus is just fifteen minutes.
Where to Brunch:
Bluebird Cafe, 350, King’s Road, London
It may be the backdrop to many a tense ‘Made in Chelsea’ scene, but in real life The Bluebird Café provides a place to chill out and relax over a lazy brunch. If you’re grabbing a bite, don’t miss the Crayfish Salad and famous Bluebird Cheeseburger.
Where to Shop:
Austique, 330 Kings Road, London
Since opening its doors on the King’s Road in 2004, Austique has become the go-to for those looking for glamorous and luxe labels from around the globe.
Alongside brands such as Markus Lupfer, Alice + Olivia, Goldsign and Zimmermann, they also stock labels that cannot be found anywhere else in the UK, providing a platform for young emerging designers from all over the world. Be sure to pick up some ‘statement pieces’ for all those fancy garden parties and gala events…
Where to Dine:
The Jam Tree, 541 King’s Road, London
Always popular with the Made in Chelsea cast, The Jam Tree serves up hearty gastro-pub favourites, as well as cocktails and light brunches. The dining room does shabby chic perfectly, with its mish-mash of knickknacks, lived-in sofas, and distressed artwork. When the sun shines, rub shoulders with local socialites in the pretty beer garden. The outdoor bar is well-stocked and hosts regular barbecues.
Where to Party:
Kona Kai, 515 Fulham Road, London
As darkness falls, the big question is where to clink your gin and tonic and vodka soda water and lime with the best of them. Look no further than Kona Kai and its sultry Hawaiian interior. It is a well-known favourite with the elite Chelsea and Kensington crew.
Where to Chill Out:
Bliss Spa, 60 Sloane Avenue
After all that partying, drama and shopping, there’s only one thing for it – a day of R and R. Bliss Spa on Sloane Avenue is the place to do it in style. The spa is located on the lower level beneath the store and nail stations. Once below deck, you’re free to indulge in a wide range of treatments to help you relax and detox. The triple oxygen facial is said to be a hit with more than a few of the Made in Chelsea girls. And possibly boys too.
Catch the latest series of Made in Chelsea on Monday nights at 10pm on E4 or watch online on 4OD.