Take a Walk Through the Literary History of Chelsea this World Book Day

Celebrate the finest historical poets, authors and novelists of our neighbourhood this World Book Day

Our choice of 35 rooms and suites are steeped in Edwardian splendor and adorned with beautiful antiques, but what really sets us apart from the rest is that each room is theatrically themed with personalised namesakes instead of numbers – all with a literary focus.


The beautiful Agatha Christie room at our hotel in Chelsea

From J.M. Barrie, a Scottish novelist and controversial dramatist, and C.S Lewis who found fame lighting up children’s world’s with his chronicles from the fantastical world of Narnia, we spotlight a host of literary figures at our five star hotel in Chelsea.

We mustn’t forget our ode to Lewis Carroll, an author famed for flipping us head first into wonderland with Alice. Nor must we neglect to mention the brilliance of Alan Bennett, a British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author who is also a namesake at our Sloane Square hotel.

We have also made a nod to the gift of playwright and broadcaster, J.B Priestley and the legacy of English crime novelist, Dame Agatha Christie, too.

This World Book Day we want to show our appreciation for individuals who have influenced the Arts through the ages with their aptitude, brilliance and flair.

With lots of literary tours of London taking place this World Book Day, we are reflecting on the writers celebrated within our walls, as well as the writers who have walked (and lived on) the streets of Chelsea.


Alan Bennett’s portrait and biography on display in the Alan Bennett room

Over the coming weeks we will be adding biographies of each author and other persons of literary interest, who are celebrated throughout our hotel, to our website, so keep coming back to find out more interesting facts about our famous companions.

But which other literary talent have lived and walked upon the streets of Chelsea?

Mary Ann Evans, a leading English novelist of the 19th century, whose pen name was George Eliot to combat the risk of being disregarded as a female author at the time, resided on Cheyne Walk. During her time in London, Eliot began contributing to the ‘Westminster Review’, a leading journal for philosophical radicals, later becoming its editor and her much-loved novel, ‘Middlemarch’, was celebrated for its realism and philosophical insights.

Playwright, novelist, critic and much-talked-about celebrity of late 19th century London, Oscar Wilde lived along Tite Street after graduating from Oxford. He wrote great works such as ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, but his greatest talent was for writing plays, including ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.


The stylish J B Priestley Room at our Chelsea Hotel

Finally, we have poet and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who also lived on Cheyne Walk. Born and raised in London, Rossetti wrote a number of ballads, sonnets and lyrical poems, and is most famed for his artwork, as well as the number of poetry collections published in his name.

So there we have it. Chelsea’s famous literary legends, delivered to you on World Book Day. Who lives (or once lived) in your neighbourhood? Tweet us – we’d love to know.

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