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Chelsea: Royal Borough and ‘Village of Palaces’

21 September 2022, 11.00am

Plaque marking the site of King Henry VIII's Manor House in Chelsea
Plaque marking the site of King Henry VIII's Manor House in Chelsea
Plaque marking the site of King Henry VIII's Manor House in Chelsea
21 September 2022, 11.00am

Chelsea: Royal Borough and ‘Village of Palaces’

Join Blue Badge Guide Emma Matthews as she explores the historic streets of Chelsea revealing the borough’s long and fascinating connection with royalty.

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Royal figures have been attracted to the charms of the sleepy village of ‘Chelsey’ on the banks of the River Thames since Henry VIII bought a property here for his favourite wife.

Other royal residents have included Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey. In more recent times, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been a regular visitor to Chelsea since before her accession to the throne 70 years ago.

Guiding you through the historic streets of old Chelsea, Emma Matthews will reveal how kings and queens – as well as those close to them – have helped shape the place it is today.

Starting and ending at the info point at Chelsea Gate, the tour lasts about two hours.

The guide

Emma Matthews is a professional Blue Badge Guide for London. She was born and grew up in Chelsea, and has spent much of her adult life living here.

After practising law as a barrister, Emma completed a History of Art degree at Birkbeck College in the early 2000s and founded a business doing art tours. She now works full time as a London guide.

Emma Matthews

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21 September 2022
11.00am - 1.00pm
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Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chelsea Gate)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4SR United Kingdom