THE BEST OF THE SQUARE
The Sloane Stationery edit of what to see and do on Sloane Square:
Breakfast at Poilane: perfect for early morning discussions and so much more fun than office-meetings, this iconic french bakery opened its doors last year and has become mecca bright young things on their way to the office. Go forthe indulgent croissants or porridge with dried cranberries and roast almonds, along with a cafe au lait (in a bowl - perfection)
Lunch at Colbert: the main restaurant needs to be booked 100 years in advance, so if you cannot think that far ahead, go for a booth in the bar which quite frankly is just as nice. We would describe the menu as "french classics, in French Classic style"; the main course being people-gazing. The apple tarte-fine is a must
Dinner at le Cercle: tucked away in Wilbraham place, this wonderful sexy loungy place serves delicious cocktails, and imaginative food. Great for an evening with friends and for romantic dinners alike. Oh, and they do amazing private parties. Put it on your list!
Royal Court: we're yet to figure out how they manage to squeeze 2 theatres and a huge bar behind those doors, but they have, and we are fans. Harpers Bazaar calls the Royal Court "London's coolest theatre"; The New York Times even suggested that it was "the most important theatre in Europe". We are not sure about any of these descriptions, but we love the RC for what it is: an incubator of young theatre talent. Many of the productions go on to show in the West End and beyond. Worth supporting by becoming a "friend".
The Saatchi Gallery: it's free, it's brilliant, the spaces are amazing and the art is mind-opening. No further excuses to miss out on a visit EVERY time you are in the area
The Royal Hospital: since the late 17th century, this extraordinary building has been providing decent retirement to Chelsea Pensioners (the elderly men in the smart red uniforms walking down Kings road -- suggest a cup of coffee if you run into one, they are full of interesting war-stories). Worth a visit, the chapel not to be skipped
Ortigia: delicious sicilian lotions and potions, gorgeously packaged. ANYTHING from this shop will delight (and the shop itself is a beauty)
Jacques Flowers: under the arches leading to the Duke of York square - perfect flowers that do not break the bank
Pimlico Road: from Sloane Square tube station, take a left into Holbein place and walk all the way to the end. Turning left you will see one beautiful shop after the other lining both sides of the street. Spend an afternoon admiring the goods and treat yourself to a hot chocolate at Daylesford Organic. Incidentally, the farmers market on Pimlico Green on Saturdays is brilliant