Things to do near Sloane Square
Art & culture
Saatchi Gallery is just a short walk away from the Sloane Square station, and your visit could easily take up two hours. It’s a classic modern art gallery – with pieces to hate and pieces to adore, and for the same reason it’s a great spot to visit with someone else. You won’t run out of conversation! There is also a lovely garden to the front if you fancy a stroll in pleasant surroundings.
Sloane Square is brimming with culture. Other notable places include the Cadogan Hall (for all you lovers of classical music) and the Royal Court Theatre. The Royal Court Theatre has made its mission to feature new writing, so you know that you will always find some exciting original material when you visit. However, the theatre’s prominence means that it can also afford to finger-pick the best new talent from around the globe. Although Sloane Square was once a bohemian area, nowadays only the established artists can afford to live here.
Shop till you drop (or, alternatively, exercise good judgement)
Chelsea is a prime spot for shopping as there you can find both luxury goods and high street offerings. Even if there is nothing you need, you could easily lose an hour or two window shopping. You can find small boutiques selling modern art, homeware and fashion near Sloane Square, or follow King’s Road for a seemingly endless array of shops and restaurants. The huge Peter Jones department store (now owned by John Lewis) is right next to the station. Not sure where to start? Have a browse through the cosy knitwear at Club Monaco, which is in Sloane Square itself. Or, if updated classics are your thing, Really Wild Clothing have recently opened their boutique that offers beautiful tailored clothing (also in Sloane Square). For homeware, try David Mellor. There you can find anything from tableware to designer furniture, with artsy pottery being particularly excellent.
Meet the famous residents
As a historically affluent residential area, Sloane Square boasts some very famous residents. Look out for blue plaques and statues marking out the homes of Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Mozart, Bram Stoker and more. Most of these landmarks can be found to the south west and south east of the Sloane Square underground station, and are conveniently marked on Google Maps. On your walk, keep an eye out for the living famous. This area is still popular with musicians, actors, businessmen and fashion designers.
Have a bite to eat
Feel like having a light lunch? Daylesford Cafe on Pimlico Road offers fresh organic food in comfortable surroundings. What I really like about this place is that the dishes are flavoursome and colourful, but also good for your body. Their farm-to-table sourcing is excellent, and the menus are seasonal. If you just feel like munching on some salad, you can have a selection that feels festive rather than disappointing.
If your walk is an early one, you could do worse than have your breakfast at Colbert, which by now is a much-loved Chelsea institution. Just don’t expect a quiet time with your thoughts! It’s reminiscent of a busy Parisian cafe, with ancient decor, hurrying waiters and decent French fare. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your stack of crepes with a cup of strong coffee.
Finally, for dinner try Romulo Cafe on King’s Road. It’s a family-run Filipino restaurant (they run two – the other one is in Manilla) and the food is as delicious as it is interesting. You might find that you’re being served by the owner herself, who excels at hospitality and makes everyone feel welcome. There isn’t an item on the menu that I didn’t like, but if you can’t decide, go with pork belly adobo. You will be glad you did.