Cheyne Walk is an historic riverside street in Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Most of the houses were built in the early 18th century. It takes its name from William Lord Cheyne whose family owned an estate on the site and were lords of the manor of Chelsea from 1660 to 1712.
Cheyne Walk offered residents a break from the smog-filled air and compact streets of central London. Like the promenades of the city’s pleasure gardens, people used Cheyne Walk as a means of taking exercise, socializing and showing off their fine clothes. However even before the Cheynes, the site of Cheyne Walk had its place in history. The home of the great Tudor chancellor under Henry VIII, Thomas More, lived in Chelsea with his extensive family. It was from the river side opposite Cheyne Walk that More was taken by boat to the Tower of London and his execution on Tower Hill.