On & Around the Street

The Joyful Moments Of 2020

Last year was certainly one for the books. But among the trials, tribulations, challenges and changes, there was still much to make us smile.

Here, we look back at some of the joyful moments from 2020 that inspired and encouraged us.

Community Support
Among the many local businesses who came together to offer their support to NHS staff were the team at The Sea, The Sea, who delivered fresh fish directly to the homes of frontline workers completely free of charge, and global asset management firm Marshall Wace, which opened its in-house office canteen to produce over 1,000 delicious and nutritious meals for the NHS every day.

The team from The Sea, The Sea
Jenny Mustard, photographed by Kirsten Mills for Sloane Street

Street Style On Sloane Street
The fashion bar remained reassuringly high as Sloane Street’s residents and visitors continued to impress and inspire with their sartorial efforts.

Messages Of Hope
In the wake of rising Covid-19 infections, pictures of rainbows were displayed in windows throughout the neighbourhood as a message of support to NHS and frontline workers. Then, when lockdown lifted in the summer, Louis Vuitton revealed its Rainbow Project windows, created as a symbol of hope and embarking on a new adventure.

Louis Vuitton Sloane Street
A room designed by Nicola Harding at Beaverbrook Estate, Surrey

Beaverbrook Town House News
The announcement that Beaverbrook, the luxury country house hotel, will open its second home on Sloane Street this year gave us something to look forward to for 2021. Two Georgian townhouses will be transformed into the London extension of the Surry country club, hotel and spa, with 14 luxury suites and a Japanese restaurant.

International Women’s Day
We celebrated the immense skill and vision of today’s female designers, including Emilia WicksteadSaloni Lodha and Miuccia Prada, and those who are bringing feminism to the fore through their collections, like Donatella Versace and Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Working (Out) From Home
Gyms were shuttered for much of the year, but the neighbourhood’s fitness studios swung into action and provided a plethora of live-streamed classes online or through their social channels. Barrecore, KXU and Kobox were all busy ensuring that the morale-boosting endorphins from exercise could be enjoyed anywhere.

Social Inspiration
We tuned in to Instagram for inspiration to try new skills, instructed by the likes of the florists at Moyses Stevens, who demonstrated how to make a hand-tied bouquet; Anabela Chan, whose daily floral watercolours were sold to raise money to endow a bench in Hyde Park to commemorate the keyworkers on the frontline; and the Saatchi Gallery, which had regular art classes from a stellar line-up of creatives.

Saatchi art classes
Moyses Stevens Bouquet