British Icons Trial

Follow the trail to discover Chelsea’s very own British icons, men and women who have helped shape the incredible neighbourhood.

George Elliot

4 Cheyne Walk

The celebrated English novelist, George Elliot (also known as Mary Ann Evans) lived here until her death, initially drawn to the location for “its outlook on the river and meadows beyond”.

Dante Gabriel Rosetti

16 Cheyne Walk

Dante Gabriel Rosetti spent two decades of his life at this Tudor house, furnishing it in his own unique style, even featuring a menagerie of exotic animals.

Bram Stoker

18 St. Leonard’s Terrace

Bram Stoker, acclaimed author of ‘Dracula’ lived in many different places in Chelsea including Cheyne Walk, however it is his St. Leonard’s Terrace where you can find his blue plaque.

Mark Twain

23 Tedworth Square

The home of great American novelist, Mark Twain, where he wrote some of his most famous works including ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘A Gilded Age’

Oscar Wilde

34 Tite Street

It was here that Oscar Wilde, famed for his witty conversation and satirical novels, wrote both ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, just before his arrest for ‘gross indecency’ in 1895.

Lillie Langtry

21 Pont Street

Now part of The Cadogan Hotel, 21 Pont Street was once home to Lillie Langtry, a socialite, actress and ‘close-friend and confidante’ or Bertie, Prince of Wales.

George Godwin

24 Alexander Square

The home of architect, journalist and social reformer, George Godwin, who won the very first medal awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Sylvia Pankhurst

120 Cheyne Walk

The London base of suffragette and social rights activist, Sylvia Pankhurst, deemed underused given her numerous countrywide tours for the Women’s Social and Political Union.

AA Milne

13 Mallord Street

Where Winnie the Pooh was born, this is where AA Milne lived during his most creative years, producing both books, and two further collections of poetry. Him and his wife often called it ‘the prettiest little house in London’.

Vivienne Westwood

430 King’s Road

The iconic home of fashion-legend, Vivienne Westwood – the birthplace of ‘Punk’ design – set up with her husband, Malcom McLaren. Still trend-setting today, it’s famed for it’s backwards 13-hour clock.

Mary Quant

138a King’s Road

Fearless feminist, Mary Quant’s boutique, Bazaar, was an instant sensation in 1960s fashion revolution. Today, she leaves a legacy of the hot pants and the mini skirt for trailblazing women alike.

Bob Marley

42 Oakley Street

Bob Marley, one of the most iconic musicians of the 20th Century, lived here whilst creating the album ‘Exodus’ which featured some of their biggest hits including ‘Three Little Birds’ and ‘One Love’.

PJ Travers

50 Smith Street

The home of author, PL Travers and where she wrote internationally-famed children’s story, Mary Poppins.

Augustus John

28 Mallord Street

28 Mallord Street was built for artist, Augustus John, as a studio to paint. For a time he was considered one of Britain’s most important aritsts and Virginia Wolf remarked in 1908 that the era of John Singer Sargent was over and that “the age of August John was dawning.”

Jane Austen

23 Hans Place

It was here that the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen lived with her brother shortly after the publishing of Mansfield Park.

Sir Alexander Fleming

20a Danvers Street

Home to medical pioneer, Sir Alexander Fleming and where he achieved his greatest triumphs, including the discovery of Penicillin and winning the Nobel Prize.

Samuel Beckett

48 Paultons Square

Samuel Beckett, one of the major literary figures of the 20th Century lived here whilst publishing his first-full length work, More Pricks than Kicks.