On & Around the Street

Chelsea Travel Guide

WHERE TO STAY

11 Cadogan Gardens

11 Cadogan Gardens

11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ, London

Honestly, this boutique hotel is one of London’s best-kept secrets. It was built by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th Century and originally comprised four separate Victorian townhouses, explaining the labyrinthine layout. 11 Cadogan Gardens recently underwent major refurbishment but all of its 56 uniquely decorated bedrooms are still as opulent and quirky as ever. Han’s Bar & Grill promises to be a fabulous spot for dinner, the terrace is an idyllic place to enjoy an evening cocktail, and we can vouch for afternoon tea – it’s one of London’s best.

The Sloane Square Hotel

The Sloane Square Hotel

7–12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG, London

Right on Sloane Square and just moments from restaurants and bars including The Botanist, Colbert and Tonteria, and the Sloane Square London Underground, you couldn’t ask for a better location to explore Chelsea and beyond. There is luxury 300-thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen, the softest pillows and total black out curtains in all rooms, so you can count on a restful stay.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

1 Cadogan Pl, SW1X 9PY, London

Located on Sloane Street opposite the private Cadogan Place Gardens, the luxury Jumeirah Carlton Tower is ideally placed to discover the incredible boutique shopping on Sloane Street, from Harvey Nichols to Chanel, Dior and Hermès. Work out at or book in for a treatment at the Peak Health Club & Spa, and be sure to sample the wares at the hotel’s three restaurants: The Club Room specialises in healthy eating, the Chinoiserie is for breakfast and afternoon tea, and the Rib Room Bar & Restaurant provides traditional British fare.

Blakes London

Blakes London

33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF, London

Arguably one of London’s sexiest hotels, and certainly one of the world’s best luxury boutique hotels, the Blakes building was designed in 1978 by Anouska Hempel and still beguiling guests and Londoners. There’s a gym and a beauty centre, a positively seductive bar downstairs, an intimate garden terrace and a restaurant beloved by locals and guests alike

The Draycott Hotel

The Draycott Hotel

26 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RP, London

The Draycott was built in 1890 and emanates all the grandeur that is associated with quintessential British luxury and hospitality. The red-brick Edwardian hotel has been lovingly restored and offers a level of distinguished service that sets it apart in an age of impersonal hotels. And we love the timeless traditions being kept alive here: guests can take complimentary tea and homemade biscuits at 4:00 pm, toast Champagne at 6:00 pm and even indulge in hot chocolate and biscuits at 9:30 pm before retiring. There’s even an honesty bar in the hotel lounge.

San Domenico House

San Domenico House

29-31 Draycott Place Chelsea, SW3 2SH, London

High-ceilings and four-poster beds are de rigueur at San Domenico House, a boutique townhouse hotel that was built in 1887 and was recently extended and redesigned. Each of the 19 individually themed bedrooms and suites is furnished with an extraordinary variety of valuable antique furniture and art. It’s tucked away in a quiet residential corner of Chelsea, close to Sloane Square, and offers a bespoke room service menu from the outstanding selection of restaurants within easy strolling distance of the hotel.

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

21 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9ES, London

Just a short stroll from Sloane Street and around the corner from the charming shops of Motcomb Street, Jumeirah Lowndes is a boutique hotel that boasts Nespresso machines and flat screen TVs in all rooms, and one of the loveliest terraces in London. Definitely make time for a cocktail at The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. Plus, all guests are offered unlimited access to The Peak Health Club and Spa in Jumeirah Carlton Tower next door.

WHERE TO EAT

Harry's Dolce Vita

Harry’s Dolce Vita

27-31 Basil St, SW3 1BB, London

Make a reservation at Harry’s Dolce Vita and be transported to Italy’s La Dolce Vita period. Order a cocktail at the gorgeous bar (make it a Bellini; Harry’s is famous for them), then indulge in an unapologetically Italian menu of delights like Harry’s Taglioni, clad seductively with cream, black truffles and heaps of melted parmesan, or one of the visually arresting puddings.

Hans' Bar & Grill

Hans’ Bar & Grill

11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ, London

Hans’ Bar & Grill is a brand-new addition to Pavilion Road, within the sumptuous 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel. Inspired by namesake Hans Sloane, it’s everyday from 7am serving an all-day season menu by head chef Adam England in a stunning interior by Goddard Littlefair. England was inspired by the restaurant’s namesake, Sir Hans Sloane, who was credited with bringing cocoa to the U.K. – with chocolate desserts and signature hot chocolate drinks taking centre stage.

April's

April’s

127 Sloane St, SW1X 9AS, London

Tucked away in the back of the incredibly tempting Boutique 1 and sprawling out into a verdant courtyard, April’s has become one of the most fashionable places for lunch or breakfast on Sloane Street. The menus are curated by Blaine Duffy, head chef at über-cool East London restaurant Bistrotheque, and are constantly evolving to complement the changing seasons, with options that are clean and fresh, as well as moments of substance and indulgence.

The Botanist
The Botanist

The Botanist

7 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE, London

Having recently undergone a massive refurbishment, The Botanist is back on the agenda as one of the most stylish places to see and be seen in Chelsea. Flatteringly lit and decadently fitted out in decadent fabrics in delicate pastel shades, it’s the perfect spot for a post-shopping cocktail or weekend brunch.

Colbert (photo by @alleksana via Instagram)

Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX, London

Inspired by the great boulevard cafés of Paris, you won’t find a better chicken liver parfait

or duck confit this side of the Bois du Boulogne. During the day, it’s a great spot for a long lunch or croissant and café, while dinner is a smarter affair, with all the charm of a proper French brasserie.

Sumosan Twiga

Sumosan Twiga

165 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QB, London

Japanese and Italian cuisines meet at Sumosan Twiga, bringing together the combined passions of former F1 boss Flavio Briatore and Sumosan founder Janina Wolkow at Sumosan Twiga. They have realised their shared vision of creating a uniquely glamorous destination that caters for every element of a night out, from pre-dinner cocktails all the way to late-night high-jinx at Twiga Late Night Lounge, the restaurant’s African-inspired club, it’s all under one sleek roof.

WHERE TO PLAY

Sumosan Twiga Cocktail Bar and Twiga Late Night Lounge

Sumosan Twiga’s Cocktail Bar | Twiga Late Night Lounge

165 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QB, London

Whether it’s a pre-dinner cocktail or a big night out, Sumosan Twiga’s Cocktail Bar or the Twiga Late Night Lounge can match both paces with perfectly prepared tipples or pumping music, depending on your night. It’s a majorly glamorous crowd, so dress up and get ready to mingle with the Sloane Street jet set.

Albert's Club

Albert’s Club

92b Old Brompton Rd, SW7 3LQ, London

In an area that was known as Albertopolis in the 1850s, and named to celebrate Prince Albert’s role in Victorian life, Albert’s has become one of the most fun places to shake your good thing in the neighbourhood. Not surprising given the chaps behind it: Jake Parkinson-Smith, Carlo Carello, Piers Adam and Fraser Carruthers, formerly of Raffles, Mahiki and Boujis. It’s a private club, but definitely woth the membership.

Tonteria

Tonteria

7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG, London

For no-holds-barred, unapologetic fun, you can’t beat Tonteria, the madcap Mexican tapas lounge and tequila nightclub on Sloane Square that underwent a makeover in 2017. Order one of the potent sharing cocktails inspired by Mexico’s heritage and take in the flamboyant dancers who are famous for their titillating performances.