Mick Jagger's former home, 48, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

 

Here I am outside the former home of Mick Jagger on Cheyne Walk which runs down the side of the River Thames in Chelsea. Before The Rolling Stones gained success they lived nearby in Edith Grove in almost squalor. However by the late sixties money was plentiful and in May 1968 Mick bought number 48 for a whopping £50,000 (the same month Keith bought number 3.)

Mick was 25 when he moved in here with girlfriend Marianne Faithful (who had left her husband and son for him.) He hired designer Christopher Gibbs (who lived at number 100) to transform it into a Moroccan bazaar. As he worked here he came up with the title for the Stones' next album Beggars Banquet. Mick was raided by the Chelsea Drugs Squad in 1969. He often visited David and Angie Bowie who lived a short stroll away on Oakley Street (he was found in bed with Bowie by the maid - allegedly.)

By the time Mick sold the place nine years later (and Keith sold his the same year) and a year later took up with Nicaraguan-born Bianca Jagger. I'm not sure why he chose this place as the it faces dense bushes which block the view of the River Thames. Though the house on Cheyne Walk are each worth many millions the noise and business of the traffic on the Chelsea Embankment is appalling. I sat and had my dinner on a bench but it was too noisy. Mick has since moved back to Cheyne Walk, spending £10 million on a house in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheyne Walk is behind the trees on the right hand side...

 

...and is behind the trees on the left...

 

Cheyne Walk is behind the trees on the right...

 

Mickís new house bought in 2009Ö