On & Around the Street

Pastis & Pétanque on Sloane Square

With summer travel plans on hold for many of us, Colbert and the Royal Court Theatre are bringing the laissez-faire mood of French neighbourhood squares to Chelsea with ‘Court on the Square’, a pop-up bar and café in the middle of Sloane Square.

From this week, and throughout August and September, you can enjoy a refreshing pastis beneath the trees in the middle of the Square from the ‘Pastis and Pétanque’-themed bar and café from Colbert, inspired by the great boulevard cafés of Paris, and Pernod Ricard. There will also be wines and Lillet Spritzers from the bar and a pétanque game to while away the hours.

‘Court on the Square’ is part of Chelsea’s al fresco renaissance, which has seen many of the neighbourhood’s restaurants take over the sidewalks with extra seating for over 500 diners outdoors, and the pedestrianisation of Pavilion Road.

And the running track in front of the Saatchi Gallery is also open for socially distanced picnics, provisioned by delights from the Duke of York Square Fine Food Market, nearby Pavilion Road artisan quarter, or local restaurants, many of which have introduced takeaway menus.

All this is in addition to the government’s Dine Out to Help Out initiative, designed to support cafés and restaurants after lockdown.

So whether it’s picnics, pétanque or pavement dining, it’s a wonderful time to be dining out in Chelsea.