With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread across the world, we have taken the necessary steps to safeguard the Chelsea Pensioners and staff at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The main Royal Hospital Chelsea site remains closed to external visitors during 2021 until further notice. We are delighted to announce that the Shop & Post Office will reopen to the public on Monday 12th April and residents in the MTI will be allowed 2 regular indoor visitors by prior arrangement. The Hospital will release any changes on the Site Restrictions page.

We’re treading cautiously and abiding by all the guidelines, but seeing the Royal Hospital’s community starting to enjoy a taste of its old freedoms is giving us all a boost.

Please use the menu below to see how we are protecting the Chelsea Pensioners and our staff community, and what restrictions remain in place.

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Community, creativity and connection - Chelsea Pensioners and the Soldiers’ Arts Academy

The Soldiers’ Arts Academy links serving and veteran Army personnel and their families with professionals from the creative arts. Through a range of workshops, projects and productions they give participants the opportunity to discover new interests, recover from difficult experiences, transition into civilian life and even find new careers. 

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Researching our old Burial Ground gives Chelsea Pensioners a new lease of life

The monuments in the old Burial Ground record Chelsea Pensioners who took part in famous battles, former Governors and other members of staff and their families – and famous figures from the Royal Hospital’s history.

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