Sandwiched between the River Thames and the bustle of King’s Road, the Royal Hospital Chelsea is home to the area’s most iconic residents: the Chelsea Pensioners. Famed for their scarlet uniforms, the Chelsea Pensioners are all retired soldiers of the British Army and have lived here since 1692. It was commissioned by King Charles ll and built by Sir Christopher Wren and is home to approximately 300 veterans! You too can discover the history behind this unique national institution by booking a guided walking tour of its museum led by a Chelsea Pensioner. You will marvel at Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning buildings, hear the captivating stories of its inhabitants – both past and present – and learn about what life is like for today’s veterans living at the Royal Hospital. Whilst here, why not take advantage of other attractions that are nearby including the National Army Museum, Saatchi Gallery and the Proud Chelsea art gallery, all of which are within a five-minute walk of the hospital.