Ask Me: the King’s Road

Ask Me: the King’s Road

Next in our #AskMe campaign, we answered all your King’s Road questions. From where to find free parking to where to see in 2022.

Which bars or pubs are best to see the new year in? I already have a dinner booking, so looking for somewhere after…

Great news, The Cadogan Arms is open until 2am. The bar space is available to book and walk-ins are available on the night. Bluebird Chelsea will also be open for New Year’s Eve and Callooh Callay have a New Year’s Eve Party which you can book tickets for here.

Best café spots? Ideally, not a chain! 

Hagen at 151 King’s Road has to be our favourite spot for coffee along the King’s Road. Also, try The Roasting Party over on Pavilion Road or The Black Penny at Duke of York Square – both of whom also make great coffee.

Where can I find free parking?

Outside of controlled parking hours, anyone can park for free in:

  • any resident permit bay
  • pay-by-phone parking bays
  • on single yellow lines

See here for more details on parking in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Where is affordable yet still tasty to eat? We love seafood.

28-50 Chelsea have a great two- or three-course set lunch menu which always has a delicious seafood dish included. The Ivy Asia Chelsea also has a lunchtime set menu with plenty of seafood choices available.

For something a little different with flavours, we love Vardo at Duke of York Square and if you fancy treating yourself, Sticks’N’Sushi is great for seafood lovers.

Are there any carol services?

There are Christmas carols taking place in and around Chelsea from our stores, local schools and businesses. These are arranged independently and we will share further details when we discover them on’s Instagram stories. Make sure you’re following @pavilionroad, @dukeofyorksquare and @sloanestreetsw1 for the full Chelsea picture this Christmas.

Do you have any suggestions for a good restaurant or pub to book for Christmas Day? 

We are spoiled for choice for Christmas Day! The following pubs and restaurants have Christmas Day menus on and around the King’s Road: Bluebird Chelsea, The Cadogan Arms, 28-50, The Phene, The Surprise, The Phoenix and Hans’ Bar & Grill

What can we do in Chelsea on NYE as a couple? 

The Cadogan Arms will be open until 2am for New Year’s Eve, serving a decadent menu exclusive for this fantastic evening of celebrations. Dishes include Oysters, Beef Wellington, Terrine of Confit Duck and a warming Apple & Blackberry Crumble to finish – plus bubbles or a cocktail to start! Dinner must be booked in advance and all you need to bring is your dancing shoes. Find out more here.

Or, if you fancy a romantic night in, why not order from Sticks’N’Sushi? Or hand pick your artisanal ingredients from Pavilion Road where you’ll find The Sea The Sea, London Cheesemongers, Bread Ahead or Mother Vine for the finest ingredients to create your own NYE feast.

I would love to take some photos of the pretty Christmas lights – where are the best picture-spots?

Peggy Porschen and The Ivy Chelsea Garden are two of our favourite King’s Road highlights – and Duke of York Square’s Christmas tunnel is definitely unmissable. Taking a wander along Chelsea’s quieter streets is also a great way to discover some secret photo opportunities. 50 Cheyne, the side entrance to 11 Cadogan Gardens as well as The Cadogan Hotel, Farm Fetch’s festive doorway and Tiffany display on Sloane Square are all gorgeous.

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