Last summer, I walked from Victoria Station through Belgravia towards Chelsea one morning, two new neighborhoods which I really had never visited before.
It was lovely, and I understand why the area is a popular place to live, shop and stroll.
As soon as you head up Eccleston Street, behind the station, towards Belgravia, the scene transform from a gritty train station neighborhood to lovely shops and tree-lined streets.
There are rows of lovely townhouses around green squares like this row at Eaton Square.
Soon I was entering Chelsea.
It became more commercial with shops and buses. Early morning was very busy.
I could understand the reputation for shopping, with one fine storefront after another presenting itself.
It was fun to see busy London on a workday morning.
Sloane Square stood in the middle of all the activity.
I wandered in circles for a bit, before finally realizing I was near the Duke of York Square, with its lovely shops, hairdressers and cafes…
as well as the adjacent Saatchi Gallery.
All in all it was a morning of discovery. I always like to think I have become familiar with one more London Neighborhood on a trip. And this past year it was Chelsea.