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Exclusive branded residences unveiled at Chelsea Island

Chelsea Island is an exclusive collection of 89 high-end apartments in the heart of Chelsea’s designer hub. The new scheme introduces a collection of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, private rooftop gardens, and landscaped public realm at the gateway to Chelsea Harbour – an area fast-becoming one of London’s most sought-after riverside addresses.

The development, by residential specialist Hadley Property Group, sets a new benchmark for luxury in the area and introduces homes that showcase the very best of apartment living, combined with the highest standards in craftsmanship and attention to detail.

 

The Piazza Collection is the latest selection of homes to launch at the landmark development, bringing a boutique range of just eight one-bedroom apartments that boast substantial living spaces, the majority of which are in excess of 800 sq. ft. Inspired by the traditional Italian piazza, residents will enjoy an enviable position above the retail and restaurant scene that forms Chelsea Island’s very own piazza.

Chelsea Island is an exclusive collection of 89 high-end apartments in the heart of Chelsea’s designer hub. The new scheme introduces a collection of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, private rooftop gardens, and landscaped public realm at the gateway to Chelsea Harbour – an area fast-becoming one of London’s most sought-after riverside addresses.

The development, by residential specialist Hadley Property Group, sets a new benchmark for luxury in the area and introduces homes that showcase the very best of apartment living, combined with the highest standards in craftsmanship and attention to detail.

 

The Piazza Collection is the latest selection of homes to launch at the landmark development, bringing a boutique range of just eight one-bedroom apartments that boast substantial living spaces, the majority of which are in excess of 800 sq. ft. Inspired by the traditional Italian piazza, residents will enjoy an enviable position above the retail and restaurant scene that forms Chelsea Island’s very own piazza.


Design-led development

A stone’s throw from the new Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and the eclectic mix of boutique retailers and antiques shops found on Lots Road, Chelsea Island reflects the renowned standards of design that the area has become known for.

Designed by innovative architecture firm Arney Fender Katsaldis, the development comprises two joined buildings that rise 11-storeys in height, with the angled architectural form providing a strong sense of place against the existing landscape. The majority of apartments at Chelsea Island will also have access to generous balconies, with 20 apartments featuring private terraces.

The scheme also introduces luxury retail and restaurant amenities with a new vibrant creek-side piazza that enhances the existing offering of neighbouring Lots Road.

Showcasing a modern take on traditional British craftsmanship, each home at Chelsea Island has been expertly designed to create a living experience that captures the ideals of comfort, attention to detail and elegance. Optimising the abundance of natural light with floor to ceiling windows throughout, the apartments boast an enviable specification that features integrated Gaggenau appliances together with a sophisticated palette of materials that include natural stone, brassware and luxury timber, reflecting the hallmark of quality that’s associated with Chelsea.

James Taylor, Group Sales & Marketing Director, said: “Chelsea Island has been designed to offer homeowners all the luxuries associated with a stay at one of London’s top hotels, while ensuring every apartment really feels like home. Spacious rooms, beautiful gardens created by florist to the stars, Neill Strain, and architecture that encourages natural daylight throughout every home, residents will be overwhelmed by a sense of wellbeing and a place to call home.

“Our gateway development at Chelsea Harbour is one the last pieces of the regeneration jigsaw in the area, and we look forward to welcoming residents to their new homes in what has fast become London’s newest design hub.”

A stone’s throw from the new Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and the eclectic mix of boutique retailers and antiques shops found on Lots Road, Chelsea Island reflects the renowned standards of design that the area has become known for.

Designed by innovative architecture firm Arney Fender Katsaldis, the development comprises two joined buildings that rise 11-storeys in height, with the angled architectural form providing a strong sense of place against the existing landscape. The majority of apartments at Chelsea Island will also have access to generous balconies, with 20 apartments featuring private terraces.

The scheme also introduces luxury retail and restaurant amenities with a new vibrant creek-side piazza that enhances the existing offering of neighbouring Lots Road.

Showcasing a modern take on traditional British craftsmanship, each home at Chelsea Island has been expertly designed to create a living experience that captures the ideals of comfort, attention to detail and elegance. Optimising the abundance of natural light with floor to ceiling windows throughout, the apartments boast an enviable specification that features integrated Gaggenau appliances together with a sophisticated palette of materials that include natural stone, brassware and luxury timber, reflecting the hallmark of quality that’s associated with Chelsea.

James Taylor, Group Sales & Marketing Director, said: “Chelsea Island has been designed to offer homeowners all the luxuries associated with a stay at one of London’s top hotels, while ensuring every apartment really feels like home. Spacious rooms, beautiful gardens created by florist to the stars, Neill Strain, and architecture that encourages natural daylight throughout every home, residents will be overwhelmed by a sense of wellbeing and a place to call home.

“Our gateway development at Chelsea Harbour is one the last pieces of the regeneration jigsaw in the area, and we look forward to welcoming residents to their new homes in what has fast become London’s newest design hub.”


Branded residences at Chelsea Island

In recognition of Chelsea’s revered design credentials, Chelsea Island features a number of exclusive brand partnerships that offer residents a unique, five-star living experience.

Hadley Property Group has partnered with celebrity florist Neill Strain to design the spectacular sixth-floor private residents’ roof garden that overlooks Chelsea creek. The renowned Belgravia florist, who’s worked with the likes of Joan Collins and Donatella Versace, has created a space that provides residents with a feeling of open space and light, and a refuge from the busy city life of central London.

Neill Strain, floral couture designer, commented: “The vision for the garden is to create an oasis, and an area of tranquil, botanical beauty. It will feature bee-friendly trees, shrubs and plants, along with densely packed flowerbeds and a central pond that acts as an elegant focal point for the space. There will also be a shaded area of grass that is ideal for yoga and outdoor exercise, enhancing a healthy lifestyle and promoting positive wellbeing among residents.”

Likewise, celebrated UK chandler Rachel Vosper has designed a bespoke scent package for the scheme. Not only will residents enjoy communal spaces filled with the signature scent, but each apartment will also come with its own scented candle, ensuring a consistent level of luxury across the scheme.

In recognition of Chelsea’s revered design credentials, Chelsea Island features a number of exclusive brand partnerships that offer residents a unique, five-star living experience.

Hadley Property Group has partnered with celebrity florist Neill Strain to design the spectacular sixth-floor private residents’ roof garden that overlooks Chelsea creek. The renowned Belgravia florist, who’s worked with the likes of Joan Collins and Donatella Versace, has created a space that provides residents with a feeling of open space and light, and a refuge from the busy city life of central London.

Neill Strain, floral couture designer, commented: “The vision for the garden is to create an oasis, and an area of tranquil, botanical beauty. It will feature bee-friendly trees, shrubs and plants, along with densely packed flowerbeds and a central pond that acts as an elegant focal point for the space. There will also be a shaded area of grass that is ideal for yoga and outdoor exercise, enhancing a healthy lifestyle and promoting positive wellbeing among residents.”

Likewise, celebrated UK chandler Rachel Vosper has designed a bespoke scent package for the scheme. Not only will residents enjoy communal spaces filled with the signature scent, but each apartment will also come with its own scented candle, ensuring a consistent level of luxury across the scheme.


Amenities and services

Chelsea Island will provide a 24hour concierge service, committed to providing residents with a fivestar hotel service in the comfort of their own home. The concierge will manage everything from booking residents their favourite restaurant and arranging international transfers, to the simplest of tasks such as collecting deliveries and taking care of keys – ensuring residents stress-free living around the clock.

 

 

Residents will also have access to the 50 basement car parking places, as well as cycle spaces. In addition, the scheme benefits from good transport links – moments from Imperial Wharf Rail Station and the Thames Clipper and a short walk to Fulham Broadway underground.

As well as private terraces, rooftop garden, and open spaces integrated throughout the scheme, Chelsea Island is surrounded by numerous parks and public gardens, with as many as six green spaces within a ten-minute walking distance of the development including Westfield Park and William Parnell Park.

Chelsea Island will provide a 24hour concierge service, committed to providing residents with a fivestar hotel service in the comfort of their own home. The concierge will manage everything from booking residents their favourite restaurant and arranging international transfers, to the simplest of tasks such as collecting deliveries and taking care of keys – ensuring residents stress-free living around the clock.

 

 

Residents will also have access to the 50 basement car parking places, as well as cycle spaces. In addition, the scheme benefits from good transport links – moments from Imperial Wharf Rail Station and the Thames Clipper and a short walk to Fulham Broadway underground.

As well as private terraces, rooftop garden, and open spaces integrated throughout the scheme, Chelsea Island is surrounded by numerous parks and public gardens, with as many as six green spaces within a ten-minute walking distance of the development including Westfield Park and William Parnell Park.


Rassells Of Kensington

An enchanted and enchanting secret garden, Rassell’s of Kensington has been keeping homes, parties and events fragrant and floral since 1897. Its exterior looks like a bog standard flower shop, lovely but unassuming. However, walk past the cut flowers, pot plants and seeds and bulbs; and into a small door on the left, you’ll unexpectedly enter a dreamy courtyard filled with flora and fauna. This is a garden centre with a difference – the kind where you half expect fairies and nymphs to greet you as you peruse the selection of shrubs, rose bushes, trees and and bedding plants.

Just as nice are the charming staff who genuinely care about what they do and love to give advice, helping you discern your geraniums from your pansies. They provide all manner of landscaping services from planting, fencing and irrigation systems. Rassells is also a florist offering everything from hand tied bouquets and Christmas wreaths to wedding flowers and table centre pieces. They also deliver locally.

Rassells Of Kensington,
80 Earls Court Road,
London W8 6EQ
+44 (0)20 7937 0481.

An enchanted and enchanting secret garden, Rassell’s of Kensington has been keeping homes, parties and events fragrant and floral since 1897. Its exterior looks like a bog standard flower shop, lovely but unassuming. However, walk past the cut flowers, pot plants and seeds and bulbs; and into a small door on the left, you’ll unexpectedly enter a dreamy courtyard filled with flora and fauna. This is a garden centre with a difference – the kind where you half expect fairies and nymphs to greet you as you peruse the selection of shrubs, rose bushes, trees and and bedding plants.

Just as nice are the charming staff who genuinely care about what they do and love to give advice, helping you discern your geraniums from your pansies. They provide all manner of landscaping services from planting, fencing and irrigation systems. Rassells is also a florist offering everything from hand tied bouquets and Christmas wreaths to wedding flowers and table centre pieces. They also deliver locally.

Rassells Of Kensington,
80 Earls Court Road,
London W8 6EQ
+44 (0)20 7937 0481.


Bentley’s

Where does one find a cigar cutter fashioned from a boar’s tusk? Or a Victorian crocodile skin cigar case? Tim Bent, the owner of Bentley’s in Brompton Cross, sells exactly this kind of Bond-esque paraphernalia. It’s a Boy’s Own world filled with vintage Dunhill lighters, magnificent aircraft propellers, and even a spirit decanter with a miniature padlock to stop the servants from stealing your booze. The shop prides itself on sourcing the most unusual and luxurious items from the1880s to the 1930s.

A highlight is the opulent vintage luggage from prestigious manufacturers such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and Goyard. These come from a bygone era (the 1920s and 1930s) when holiday travel was still confined to the wealthy and weight restrictions had yet to be invented. It was during this era that many of the world’s most famous luxury brands were establishing their names.

A travel case from Louis Vuitton starts from £3,000. By Bent’s own admission all of the products in the store are gloriously indulgent, ridiculously expensive and serve no real practical purpose. His clientele consists of Americans, Russians and, in a twist of fate, the children of the lords and ladies he used to buy from. ‘The best is good enough’ is the shop’s motto, and each piece is bought with that in mind.

91 Lower Sloane Street,
London SW1W 8DA
Monday — Saturday; 10am – 6pm
Sunday; By Appointment.

Where does one find a cigar cutter fashioned from a boar’s tusk? Or a Victorian crocodile skin cigar case? Tim Bent, the owner of Bentley’s in Brompton Cross, sells exactly this kind of Bond-esque paraphernalia. It’s a Boy’s Own world filled with vintage Dunhill lighters, magnificent aircraft propellers, and even a spirit decanter with a miniature padlock to stop the servants from stealing your booze. The shop prides itself on sourcing the most unusual and luxurious items from the1880s to the 1930s.

A highlight is the opulent vintage luggage from prestigious manufacturers such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and Goyard. These come from a bygone era (the 1920s and 1930s) when holiday travel was still confined to the wealthy and weight restrictions had yet to be invented. It was during this era that many of the world’s most famous luxury brands were establishing their names.

A travel case from Louis Vuitton starts from £3,000. By Bent’s own admission all of the products in the store are gloriously indulgent, ridiculously expensive and serve no real practical purpose. His clientele consists of Americans, Russians and, in a twist of fate, the children of the lords and ladies he used to buy from. ‘The best is good enough’ is the shop’s motto, and each piece is bought with that in mind.

91 Lower Sloane Street,
London SW1W 8DA
Monday — Saturday; 10am – 6pm
Sunday; By Appointment.


Royal Court Theatre

One of the last remnants of Chelsea’s 60s bohemia, the Royal Court Theatre on Sloane Square continues to be a leading force for innovative writers. Harpers & Queen magazine once called it ‘the coolest theatre in London’ – and on its 60th birthday it still plays host to agenda setting and zeitgeist defining plays.

‘Posh’ by British playwright Laura Wade, about a fictional dining society based on Oxford university’s  Bullingdon Club, debuted here in 2010 before being made into a film. It is perhaps the Royal Court’s most famous play of recent years. In 1956, ‘Look Back in Anger’ by John Osborne about a love triangle between a disaffected, highly educated, young working class man and two upper middle class women spawned the phrase, ‘angry young man’.

For over 50 years, it has premiered groundbreaking new plays and has helped to launch the careers of Britain’s foremost playwrights. Its Literary Office considers around 3500 new scripts per year. ‘Escaped Alone’ by Caryl Churchill, dubbed ‘the David Bowie of British theatre’ by the Telegraph, continues its run at the Royal Court until 12 March. 2016 will see the Royal Court host 6 premieres of bold, original new work including a new piece by Anthony Neilson, a new play by Alistair McDowall and a return to the Royal Court from Suzan-Lori Parks as well as new writers debuting at the Royal Court for the first time – among them David Ireland, Charlene James, Anna Jordan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Mongiwekhaya and Stef Smith.

Royal Court Theatre,
Sloane Square,
London SW1W 8AS
Box Office: +44 (0)20 7565 5000
boxoffice@royalcourttheatre.com.

One of the last remnants of Chelsea’s 60s bohemia, the Royal Court Theatre on Sloane Square continues to be a leading force for innovative writers. Harpers & Queen magazine once called it ‘the coolest theatre in London’ – and on its 60th birthday it still plays host to agenda setting and zeitgeist defining plays.

‘Posh’ by British playwright Laura Wade, about a fictional dining society based on Oxford university’s  Bullingdon Club, debuted here in 2010 before being made into a film. It is perhaps the Royal Court’s most famous play of recent years. In 1956, ‘Look Back in Anger’ by John Osborne about a love triangle between a disaffected, highly educated, young working class man and two upper middle class women spawned the phrase, ‘angry young man’.

For over 50 years, it has premiered groundbreaking new plays and has helped to launch the careers of Britain’s foremost playwrights. Its Literary Office considers around 3500 new scripts per year. ‘Escaped Alone’ by Caryl Churchill, dubbed ‘the David Bowie of British theatre’ by the Telegraph, continues its run at the Royal Court until 12 March. 2016 will see the Royal Court host 6 premieres of bold, original new work including a new piece by Anthony Neilson, a new play by Alistair McDowall and a return to the Royal Court from Suzan-Lori Parks as well as new writers debuting at the Royal Court for the first time – among them David Ireland, Charlene James, Anna Jordan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Mongiwekhaya and Stef Smith.

Royal Court Theatre,
Sloane Square,
London SW1W 8AS
Box Office: +44 (0)20 7565 5000
boxoffice@royalcourttheatre.com.


Leighton House

London is home to several museums which were originally private residences built to house the art collections of their proprietors. These are strangely intimate places in which to view art, with the house itself often as compelling as what hangs on the walls. Designed by architect George Aitcheson in the 1860s, Leighton House’s rather dour exterior on the edge of Holland Park only serves to make its lavish interior even more ravishing and breathtaking.
Originally the residence of Raphaelite artist, Lord Frederic Leighton, Leighton House was reopened to the public in April 2010 following a  £1.6 million refurbishment, uncovering many previously unseen features including a staircase.

The house is filled with classical treasures from all over the world which he collected from his extensive travels, as well as his own art. Decorated in the high style which Leighton discovered on his European travels, this private palace of art is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century. One of the most striking rooms is the ‘Arab Hall’, a showcase for his huge collection of Middle Eastern glazed tiles.

Grand reception rooms built for lavish entertaining dominate the ground floor while a dramatic staircase leads up to a light-filled and airy studio. The house was built as a stage upon which Lord Leighton could play the role of Great Artist with his private residence consisting of just one tiny single bedroom.

Leighton House Museum,
12 Holland Park Road,
London W14 8LZ
Monday to Friday
+44 (0)20 7602 3316.

London is home to several museums which were originally private residences built to house the art collections of their proprietors. These are strangely intimate places in which to view art, with the house itself often as compelling as what hangs on the walls. Designed by architect George Aitcheson in the 1860s, Leighton House’s rather dour exterior on the edge of Holland Park only serves to make its lavish interior even more ravishing and breathtaking.
Originally the residence of Raphaelite artist, Lord Frederic Leighton, Leighton House was reopened to the public in April 2010 following a  £1.6 million refurbishment, uncovering many previously unseen features including a staircase.

The house is filled with classical treasures from all over the world which he collected from his extensive travels, as well as his own art. Decorated in the high style which Leighton discovered on his European travels, this private palace of art is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century. One of the most striking rooms is the ‘Arab Hall’, a showcase for his huge collection of Middle Eastern glazed tiles.

Grand reception rooms built for lavish entertaining dominate the ground floor while a dramatic staircase leads up to a light-filled and airy studio. The house was built as a stage upon which Lord Leighton could play the role of Great Artist with his private residence consisting of just one tiny single bedroom.

Leighton House Museum,
12 Holland Park Road,
London W14 8LZ
Monday to Friday
+44 (0)20 7602 3316.