To many, it’s an area of London that needs no introduction. Named after the illustrious physician and naturalist Hans Sloane, Sloane Square sits at the meeting point of two of London’s most affluent districts; Chelsea and Belgravia. Surrounded by elegant Georgian architecture this bustling square is the entry point to The Kings Road, an epicentre of fashion, music and arts since the 1960s, as well as the location of our brand new store just a stones throw away from where Sir Terence Conran once lived.
With its unmistakable air of history, refinement and contemporary culture Sloane Square has remained a popular destination for Londoners and tourists alike. With a plethora of options for dining, shopping or enjoying some world class culture it’s always helpful to get an insiders view of the best spots around, so here’s our top spots to hit if you are planning a day exploring Sloane Square.
We suggest you start your day taking time to explore the three floors of our new Sloane Square store. Discover carefully curated room sets designed to help you picture our very latest furniture and lighting designs in your own home, before browsing the basement displays of kitchen, dining and decorative accessories. From here you are in the perfect place to explore Pavilion Road, our founder Terence Conran’s old neighbourhood and home to a boutique selection of cafes, shops and delis. Fuel your shopping trip with a coffee and cake from Ottolenghi’s consistently delectable offering, pick up some colourful blooms for your new Vase from Moyses Stevens Flowers and treat yourself to some fresh produce from Provenance Butcher Chelsea or fish shop, deli and seafood bar The Sea, The Sea. Moving towards the King’s Road with its well-loved chains and luxury brands there’s one independent that really stands out. Tucked down Blackland’s Terence you’ll find John Sandoe Books, independent booksellers since 1957 this is a veritable Aladdin’s cave for any bookworm.
Image: Royal Court Theatre, Cadogan Hall
If you are after world class museums the V&A and Natural History Museum are just a twenty minute walk away from The Conran Shop Sloane Square and around the corner the iconic Saatchi Gallery asserts itself over the neat lawn of Duke of York Square flaunting a rotating showcase of new and emerging contemporary artists inside.
Round your day off with a show at the Royal Court Theatre, Britain’s first National Theatre which has been supporting undiscovered, emerging and established playwrights since 1956. Presiding over the East side of the square right next to the eponymous underground station this writers theatre prides itself on staging thought-provoking and provocative performances unlikely to be forgotten. Alternatively, if music is your choice of performing arts then the Cadogan Hall is a three minute walk away from our new second home, a concert hall since 1907 this intimate venue is often first choice for touring orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the London Chamber Orchestra.
After a day of shopping and culture you’re bound to be hungry and unlikely to be disappointed by the culinary offering surrounding our new store. If you are planning to visit on a Saturday then the food market on Duke of York square is a must. Curated by Partridges, this extensive market is full of locally sourced produce, from meat and fish to beautifully decorated cupcakes.
Sitting on the opposite side of the square to The Conran Shop, you can practically taste French restaurant Colbert’s classic bistro menu of eggs, golden croque monsieur’s or steak and frites. If you are after something with more spice a short walk to the narrow backstreets behind the King’s Road lies Kutir, a fine dining Indian eatery named Restaurant of the Year in 2022 with an extensive menu of mouthwatering dishes. But, for a truly memorable and personalised experience we recommend Hunan, a ten minute walk from our shop doors the simple black and white frontage gives nothing away for what awaits inside. With no menus to choose from the chefs here serve up personalised menus based on diners preferences of ingredients, flavours and spice in small sized portions designed to be shared with friends and family.
Image: Ottolenghi, florist, John Sandoe Books
Pavillion Road – where Terence used to live, now home to boutique cafes and delis – we recommend….
Fuel for your shopping trip/to fuel your shopping trip
- Ottolenghi – coffee & pastries
- Moyses Stevens Flowers – florist
- The Sea, The Sea, fish shop, deli, seafood bar
Saatchi Gallery – iconic art gallery, latest exhibition is Civilization – photography
Royal Court Theatre – round of your day with a show at the Royal Court Theatre. Writers theatre, supporting undiscovered, emerging and established playwrights
Cadogan Hall – concert hall, around since 1907
Venus fountain – grade 2 listed, focal point of Sloane Sq – check out as you walk over from the tube station
Chelsea Physic garden
V&A 19 min walk
Natural History museum 22 min walk
Duke of York Square – Food market every Saturday 10am-4pm
Colbert, French restaurant,
Daphne’s Italian restaurant is a short walk away
Scalini – Italian 11 min walk
Hunan – Chinese, high end
Kutir - Indian