West London - and Chelsea, in particular - is one of the most fashionable parts of the capital. Not only is Chelsea full of upmarket shops and boutiques, but there are a significant number of cultural attractions to enjoy. For example, Cadogan Hall, the famous 950-seater music venue, is located in the heart of Chelsea just a short walk from Sloane Square tube station. The world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum is close by, as well. In addition, visitors to the borough will find that they are close to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, itself situated a stone's throw from the National Army Museum on Royal Hospital Road.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a retirement home that is run for veterans of the British armed forces as a charity. Initially, King Charles II founded the hospital as something of a retreat with a hostel for former soldiers having been inspired by Les Invalides in Paris. Since 1692, the hospital has served as a place of refuge for veterans, including those who had fought during the so-called Monmouth Rebellion in the 1680s. Today, the hospital still serves the needs of veterans who have reached the age of 65 and who have previously served at least 12 years as a rank-and-file soldier.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is home to 300 Chelsea Pensioners but it also operates as something of a living museum which is open to visitors who want to explore its distinguished and historical setting. In addition to the main part of the hospital, there is a dedicated museum space which is open to the public on weekdays. Visitors can see photos of veterans of the Battle of Waterloo and other interesting artefacts as well as booking on to a guided tour of the hospital. Pensioners will often take visitors on a tour of the grounds of the hospital themselves, so long as an advance request is made to do so. Don't miss out on a stop at the hospital's coffee shop which offers stunning views of Ranelagh Gardens, to the south.
Looking for a hotel near Royal Hospital Chelsea London? If so, then the Sloane Square Hotel is ideally situated. It is a short taxi ride or a ten-minute leisurely stroll away via Chelsea Bridge Road. The Sloane Square Hotel makes sense if you want to visit the home of the famous Chelsea Pensioners. It is also the perfect choice for visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show which takes place each May. This is due to the fact that the show is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Although the Royal Horticultural Society has been putting on events in various locations in London since 1862, it has been associated with the Royal Hospital Chelsea as its venue of choice from 1905. During the show, some roads have restricted access and obtaining a black cab can be tricky, so booking a hotel near Royal Hospital Chelsea London makes a perfect choice, especially for visitors who are looking for comfort, a friendly welcome and some luxurious surroundings.