Tuesday 7th February – 5th meeting of 2017
We went back to our old roots today as a walking group and joined a walk organised by Environment Bromley – EB – EnBro. This organisation runs walks throughout the year in town and country, of varying lengths and has a strong membership. Today was one of the public walks when non members can take part free of charge. We met at Sloane Square Tube Station for a literary walk around Chelsea. About 15 people at the meeting point when we arrived but by the time our guide arrived the number was 53 which made a large group on the pavements!
We went to a quite street where we were told the plan of the route. It was a beautiful morning and although a little chilly the sun was shining and the sky blue making it the perfect day for a walk! We made our way through the streets to Chelsea Hospital where we stopped to take in the view. The pace of the walk was good but unfortunately at some of the stops it was not possibly for everyone to hear the stories! We continued down Royal Hospital Road which was lovely with the hospital on one side and the tennis courts on the other and such beautiful houses everyone. This part of London has some stunning houses and building including many churches. We stopped at Tite Street where Oscar Wilde lived for some time and the church of Sir Thomas More with a beautiful statue of him outside, unfortunately we couldn’t go in the church. We also passed the Chelsea Physic Gardens, which we have visited on an early occasion.
We went straight down onto Chelsea Embankment looking at the beautiful Albert Bridge looking very majestic. We continued along the Embankment and turned into King’s Road and walked along until we arrived at Sloane Square where we started. The King’s Road is a very exciting walk and it has so many unusual individual shops and the most wonderful cake shops and eating places. We went past Chelsea Town Hall where in the 70’s 80’s many of pop stars were married, Saachti Gallery and Peter Jones departmental store.
Back at Sloane Square the group disbanded. We tried Peter Jones for a coffee but the restaurant was closed for the day so we went back to Embankment on the underground and went into Starbucks for a very welcome coffee and sit down!
The walk was two hours long and very enjoyable. We all managed to keep up with the pace and enjoyed it. The lovely weather certainly helped and made for a very pleasant morning!