On & Around the Street


From royal mistresses to rock stars, socialist revolutionaries and poets, Chelsea is the stage upon which many of London’s most captivating stories have unfolded.

For the first time, that rich history is being honoured at this month’s inaugural Chelsea History Festival, a five-day exploration and celebration of the neighbourhood’s fascinating history.

Beginning Wednesday 9 October, the festival will take place across three different venues on Royal Hospital Road: the National Army Museum, The Chelsea Physic Garden, and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the failed military operation fought in the Netherlands during World War II, Chelsea History Festival has a packed schedule of 35 educational and entertaining events featuring renowned historians, speakers, authors and performers.

Highlights include talks from journalist and bestselling author Sonia Purnell and war surgeon David Nott, while British journalist and award-winning author Max Hastings will discuss his upcoming book, “Chastised: The Dambusters Story, 1943”.

There will also be guided historic walks, botanical workshops at the Chelsea Physic Garden and live marching drills.

For further details on the full schedule and to book tickets (from £0 to £30), visit chelseahistoryfestival.com.

Children meet First World War soldier
Chelsea Pensioners parade in the courtyard of the Royal Hospital Chelsea