Smirking along the banks of the Thames, pomp and circumstance precedes Chelsea’s bohemian-turned-businessman reputation. Influential bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones lent their stardom to Chelsea during the 60s. The neighborhood’s Swinging London era fame has abated, and its cadre of punks and hippies has grown into sleek-suited business people stepping out of chic townhomes. Chelsea isn’t always polite—its residents root ferociously for their home team, Chelsea FC.See places to stay Save this neighbourhood
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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighbourhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighbourhoods.
Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.