It had a slightly involved history, its origins lying in separate titles for Kensington on the one hand and Chelsea on the other, both of which were parts of wider series.
In Kensington, the Kensington Post and West London Star was founded in late 1915. It was renamed the Kensington Post, Middlesex Independent and West London Star in 1938, but reverted to its earlier title in 1947. From 1958 onwards it was simply the Kensington Post, becoming the Kensington News & Post in 1972 and then the Kensington News in 1987.
In Chelsea the Chelsea News & General Advertiser had been established in about 1860, with sub-editions for Pimlico and Kensington. The main title continued as the Westminster and Chelsea News from 1879, then as the West London Press, Westminster and Chelsea News from 1885 to 1962. From then it was the Chelsea News, West London Press and Westminster & Pimlico News until 1972, when it dropped all but the first two words of the title.
In 1997 the two titles merged as the Kensington & Chelsea News.
The merged newspaper was relaunched in 2010 under the title above, and joined a series of freesheets published by Trinity Mirror Southern for western Inner London, headed by the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle. The series’ editorial offices were in Hammersmith Broadway.
Pickup distribution began, and delivery to letterboxes ceased, in March 2012. A small number of copies (somewhat over five per cent) of each issue were sold through the news trade.
It came out on Fridays.
Trinity Mirror announced on 14 April 2014 that the Chronicle series would be ceasing publication with the 25 April issue.