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A foodie paradise on Chelsea Green


Words by Leo Russell

In the next area guide from Russell Simpson, we introduce you to the best shops, restaurants and attractions in the neighbourhoods where we work. This time we look at Chelsea Green, one of the best places in London to buy quality fresh food and find a bite to eat.

Over recent years, the green has become a gastronomic hub, with a village-like atmosphere created by numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. In addition, new garden design, benches and a water fountain have made the green more attractive. As a result, it’s now one of the sought-after neighbourhoods for people looking to live in Chelsea

Le Petit Beefbar

This luxury beef restaurant already had outposts in Monaco and Saint-Tropez, before opening in London. The interiors have been designed liked a Parisian brasserie, with a horsehoe bar and wooden panelled walls, as well as Art Deco design details and artworks by David Shrigley. And the Kobe Beef Jamon with a savoury pecorino panettone is a must-try.

Butcher’s Tap and Grill

A charming new local gastro-pub by the Michelin-starred chef and household name Tom Kerridge. Positioned on the corner of Tyron Street and Elystan Place, the interiors include a beautiful hardwood bar and cosy seating booths. The restaurant boasts its own meat-aging fridges, with chefs also trained as butchers and meat dishes forming the heart of the menu.

Cinquecento Pizzeria and Wild Tavern

Two ideal spots to have lunch. Cinquecento Pizzeria was opened in 2019 by founders and Emanuele and Melo, making authentic Neapolitan Pizza. As well as their secret dough recipe, the tomato sauce comes from the volcanic regions of Campania. Meanwhile, Wild Tavern has a retro-Alpine design and a full fire pit. Along with the raw bar, there’s an excellent selection of grilled meat and fish.

Birley Bakery

An updated version of the traditional boulangerie with its cafe, Birley Bakery offers bread and cakes all baked on-site. It was started last year by Robin Birley, founder of 5 Hertford Street, as well as the celebrated pastry chef Vincent Zanardi. The bakery is already popular, thanks to its classic French pastries and stylish interior, with walls covered in crimson paper and decorated in gilded Japanism designs.

The Pie Man

This shop opened on Chelsea Green back in 1984. Over the decades it has become a local favourite, thanks to its range of seasonal foods, including sandwiches, salads and, of course, pies. We recommend you try the chicken, mushroom and tarragon pie, or else treat yourself to one of the sausage rolls. But it gets busy at lunchtime, so arrive early to avoid the queues

Haynes Hanson and Clark

An independent wine merchant based in London and Gloucestershire. Since 1978, they have been providing the neighbourhood with first class wines from the traditional regions of France. The staff not only pride themselves on their knowledge, but make an effort to remember all their customers’ names.

Finns of Chelsea

Finns of Chelsea opened in 1985 – one of London’s very first delis. They were modelled on the delis of New York and the traiteurs of Paris, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and delicious home-cooked dishes. These are still prepared in the little kitchen behind the shop, although Finns now offer a catering service as well, along with a small collection of gifts and homeware.

Paxton & Whitfield

One of London’s oldest cheesemongers, Paxton & Whitefield dates back to the Georgian Era. Their main shop is on Jermyn Street, but Chelsea residents were delighted when they opened a local branch. As well as royal patents from the late Queen and current King, they stock all the finest English and French cheeses, along with a selection of biscuits and chutneys.

The wonderful homes of Chelsea Green

Elystan Place is probably the most popular, quiet and beautiful street to live on, leading to Chelsea Green. Elystan Place is a fascinating street with a blend of architecture from across the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, evoking the village-like atmosphere of old Chelsea. On Elystan Place, Russell Simpson currently has this unusual, wide and luminous beautiful Town House for sale and to rent.


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