24 Cheyne Road was once home to Thomas and Jane Carlyle, Scots who moved to London in 1831, and to their home in Chelsea in 1834. A successful essayist and writer, Thomas Carlyle wrote The French Revolution: A History in 1837.
He used his success and influence to instigate the opening of the London Library in 1841, tired of not being able to sit at the British Library. Upon his death Thomas donated his house to The National Trust, who have since opened it as a museum.
Today, the museum features all the original Victorian fittings and a collection of items that belonged to the Carlyle’s. As it is a National Trust property, the entry fee is reasonable and free to National Trust members, making it easy to walk in the footsteps of the guests of Carlyle, such as Charles Dickens.
There isn’t a café on site however, nor card facilities, so you will need to ensure you bring cash for entry and gifts. King’s Road is a short walk away for refreshments.