On & Around the Street

Welcome Back To Sloane Street

Today, more than 100 days since they last welcomed shoppers through their doors, Sloane Street’s boutiques are once again open for the purchasing of luxurious inessentials and enjoy leisurely al fresco dining with friends at the neighbourhood’s restaurants. 

From Monday 12 April, it’s time to cast aside the tracksuits, athleisure and elasticised waistbands and venture forth to embrace the simple pleasure of IRL shopping for things that aren’t remotely essential; to celebrate the freedom of being able to explore the rails and shelves for things that you don’t need but want

Sloane Street Tom Ford
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You can really indulge in Sloane Street’s VIP shopping experience, as the boutiques reopen with revised opening hours and with limited store capacities that will be closely monitored, resulting in a rarefied shopping experience enhanced by exemplary customer service that has evolved to ensure the safeguarding of customers, staff and the wider community. 

Make the most of your shopping trip by booking private one-to-one appointments at VIP suites with associates who are well-versed in the latest collections at  Gucci or Louis Vuitton. And, of course, Sloane Street’s wide pavements are naturally conducive to social distancing.

For those who would still rather shop from home, Sloane Street’s distinguished customer service is uplevelling, with brands going to new lengths to accommodate their customers’ needs, with distance shopping offered via Zoom, WhatsApp, Facetime, live-stream or phone call. And kerb-side collection for contactless delivery is available, with cars allowed to stop and wait for 20 minutes on the Street’s single yellow lines.

Meanwhile, at REDValentino, you can have access to the complete collection via a clever new digital offering: My RED Experience

While online sales of jewellery surged during the pandemic, as we bedazzled our lobes with Zoom-enhancing ear-candy and rings to boost moods during hours spent working from home, but nothing can really compare to the thrill of seeing the sparkle and flare of diamonds and precious stones on your skin before you make that final purchase. 

Sloane Street, Gucci
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With no excuse to carry anything but the same functional handbag for months, we have been fantasising about new handbags and can’t wait to feel the grain of leather beneath our fingertips before we make our new-season purchases. 

As for shoes, now that dining out is once again on the cards, summer shoes are beckoning.  We’re ready to sashay again; not shuffle in slippers and socks or sneakers and sweats. 

We want shoes that empower and beguile, and maybe high heels that hurt just a little bit but look FIERCE because we’ve made it through more than a year of too-few hugs, worried-face emojis, tragedy, unease, YouTube black holes, home-schooling beyond our skillsets, and Downing Street dispatches watched with white knuckles.

Rest assured that the physical handling of goods will be treated with care and caution, and any garments that have to be pulled over the face to be tried on will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours before it’s returned to the shop floor. If you’re in the market for something sparkly, jewellery will be thoroughly disinfected.

And when you’re ready for a break from your shopping, the neighbourhood’s restaurants are ready to welcome al fresco diners. Outdoor seating has been significantly increased on Pavilion Road, which is now permanently pedestrianised, and at Duke of York Square, where the weekly Fine Food Market has returned to offer its gourmet treats.

Looking forward, in the coming months, we will welcome the opening of the Ralph Lauren boutique on Sloane Square, a new Balenciaga flagship on Sloane Street and pop-ups on Sloane Square over the summer, including a bar and espresso plays from Royal Court, Colbert Pétanque, and a tequila bar and pizza oven from The Botanist and Casamigos.

For further details on opening hours and safety measures, please get in touch.

Harry's Dolce Vita. Image via @sloanestreetsw1