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London: More Chelsea

London: More Chelsea

By on Jul 16, 2014 in Authors/Poets, Mini-nerd trips | 0 comments

Charming Chelsea, London

Charming Chelsea, London

In summer 2013,  a literary scavenger hunt had us scouring London’s Chelsea neighborhood, searching for the English Heritage blue plaques marking the homes of writers ranging from Mark Twain to Bram Stoker. You can read about that in the previous post. However, Chelsea also charmed us with its pretty streets, lovely homes and beautiful gardens. Here is a glimpse of some of the other things we saw.

Chelsea borders the river where you find the beautiful Albert Bridge.

Albert Bridge, London

Albert Bridge, London

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Also along the river, we came upon this “bicycle library,” a converted double-decker bus where they will loan you bikes and cycling accessories.

Bicycle Library, London

Bicycle Library, London

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There are many different types of dwellings  in Chelsea. I liked these homes with the bright blue shutters. Nearby, we found a square blue sign that told us “Chelsea China” was manufactured there. The building also had a plaque for novelist Tobias Smollett  (I had to look him up, apparently he’s a satirist known for his “picaresque” novels).

Also in Chelsea, you can tour the home of philosopher Thomas Carlyle.  First we came upon his statue and then we saw his house. We did not have time to tour.  Lots of famous literary folks, from Dickens to Tennyson and Thackeray visited Carlyle, so may we add it to the itinerary for our upcoming London trip.

Carlyle statue, Chelsea, London

Carlyle statue, Chelsea, London

Carlyle house, London

Carlyle house, London

London 2013 051We leave you with more scenes from Chelsea. In the nearby neighborhood of Kensington, we picked up a bonus sign for dramatist Sir W.S. Gilbert (Gilbert & Sullivan). My friend Beth wanted to get a picture of the house where she stayed as a student. Gilbert was on the same block. You really can’t go very far in London without finding historical connections! There are so many wonderful things to see, go see for yourself.

Chelsea, London

Chelsea, London

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Cool statue, Chelsea, London

Cool statue, Chelsea, London – this boy looks like he is flying!

Interesting architecture on this building where W.S. Gilbert once lived

Interesting architecture on this building where W.S. Gilbert once lived

English Heritage blue plaque for W.S. Gilbert

English Heritage plaque for W.S. Gilbert

Here's a detail of some amazing decorative details on the buildings.

Some amazing decorative details on the buildings

 

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