The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
Chelsea's Architectural Icons
Various - from Wren, to R. Norman Shaw, Arne Jacobsen and Stiff + Trevillion
Meet in front of the Sir Hans Sloane statue, Duke of York Square
10 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY
Explore some of Chelsea's most architecturally interesting and beautiful buildings - from the 18C to today.
Various - from Wren, to R. Norman Shaw, Arne Jacobsen and Stiff + Trevillion,
Walk/tour, Mixed use
Explore some of Chelsea's most architecturally interesting and beautiful buildings – from the 18th century to today.
The tour will begin with Duke of York Square’s fascinating history – from its origins as an orphanage, designed by John Saunders (pupil of Sir John Soane), before later becoming a military base and most recently the Grade II listed home of the Saatchi Gallery. Attendees will learn more about the Square’s next architectural evolution – the award-winning spiral restaurant design by ‘Nex’.
Then a short walk west along the King’s Road to Royal Avenue, to take in the view to Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital, before heading north to the land of ‘Pont Street Dutch’ architecture. Cadogan Square has some of the finest examples of the new Queen Anne style by R Norman Shaw and Ernest George, while to the rear of these grand houses is Pavilion Road, with its quaint 1870s mews properties – originally coach houses and stables, recently re-energised with the 2015 development of George House (by Stiff + Trevillion) on Sloane Street.
Learn more about the development of ‘Hans Town’ and see Henry Holland’s original 18th century Hans Town house and Holy Trinity Church – ‘Cathedral to The Arts & Crafts’ – before heading back to Sloane Square and Heatherwick’s hidden gem.
Join us for a fascinating tour of some of Chelsea’s architectural icons.