Chelsea Arts Club Balls


The Chelsea Arts Club has hosted some of the most famous parties in the world. Join Geoffrey Matthews, Secretary of the Chelsea Arts Club, in this short film on the history of the infamous Chelsea Arts Club Balls.

Beginning in the early 1900s, the Chelsea Arts Club Balls were the biggest parties in London and included floats, flamboyant costumes and immersive backdrops. The Chelsea Arts Club Balls continue to this day and are a key date in London’s social calendar. Watch this short film to learn about this eccentric aspect of Chelsea’s unique bohemian history.

With thanks to the Chelsea Arts Club for all their assistance and use of the Club archive.


Thank you to our sponsors, Cadogan and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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