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24-hour layover in London: your perfect itinerary

A 24-hour layover in London during the Olympic Games in Paris might seem fleeting, but with Sloane Street as your base, it can be an unforgettable introduction to the city’s grandeur

2 July 2024

On your way to the Paris Olympics? Make the most of a 24-hour layover in London with our curated itinerary. From delightful breakfasts to cultural excursions and luxurious accommodations, we’ve got you covered for a whirlwind day in the city’s most elegant neighbourhood.

Check-in at your hotel

Choose between three of Chelsea’s world-class hotels. Drop your bags on arrival, then return to rest and freshen up before your evening adventures:

Beaverbrook Town House 

Step into the elegance of Beaverbrook Town House, where classic British charm meets contemporary luxury. The stylish rooms, inspired by London’s theatrical history, and exceptional service make it an ideal choice for a comfortable stay.

115-116 Sloane Street, SW1X 9PJ

The Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel 

For a touch of historic grandeur, check into The Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel. This iconic hotel (it has hosted royalty and was the place where Oscar Wilde was famously arrested) offers luxurious accommodation and impeccable service in beautifully restored interiors.

75 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SG

…At Sloane

If a more seductive stay is on the cards, a night at the uniquely indulgent …At Sloane hotel (sister to the legendary Hotel Costes in Paris) will certainly add a little oh la la to your London layover. The rooms are all immaculately designed with the needs of lovers in mind.

1 Sloane Gardens, SW1W 8EA
The Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel 
...At Sloane

Morning

Breakfast at Colbert on Sloane Square

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at Colbert on Sloane Square. This Parisian-style café is perfect for a leisurely morning meal, offering classic French dishes and a bustling terrace. 

50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX

Explore the V&A

After breakfast, head over to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), one of the world’s leading museums of art, design and performance. Wander through the stunning galleries, marvel at the exquisite collections and perhaps catch a special exhibition. The V&A offers a fascinating glimpse into a wide array of artistic disciplines, from fashion and textiles to sculpture and photography.

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Colbert (image by David Loftus)

Afternoon

Lunch at Cantinetta Antinori

For lunch, stroll to Cantinetta Antinori, where you can indulge in authentic Italian cuisine. Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, this elegant eatery offers a delightful menu featuring seasonal ingredients and traditional dishes. Opt for a classic pasta or a fresh seafood dish, paired with a glass of fine Tuscan wine.

4 Harriet Street, SW1X 9JR

Indulge in some retail therapy on Sloane Street

No visit to Chelsea is complete without perusing the boutiques of some of the world’s biggest luxury brands in London’s most sophisticated shopping destination. From grand houses like Bottega Veneta, Dior and Gucci, to standout British names such as Emilia Wickstead and Anya Hindmarch, you are sure to discover plenty of stylish wares to squeeze into your suitcase. Book an appointment with one of our in-the-know stylists to really make the most of your time.   

Sloane Street, SW1X

Visit Saatchi Gallery

Post-lunch, make your way to Saatchi Gallery for a dose of contemporary art. This gallery showcases cutting-edge exhibitions from up-and-coming artists as well as established names in the art world. This summer, you should see Beyond Fashion (until September 8 2024), which showcases the work of acclaimed fashion photographers who have elevated the medium from the simple presentation of product lines to reflect on the reality of our lives, to explore our aspirations and to push at the boundaries of creativity.

Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY

Ice cream at Anya’s Ice Cream Project

Drop into this whimsical ice cream parlour to sample some of the most unique ice cream flavours imaginable, all inspired by and celebrating designer Anya Hindmarch’s favourite cult food brands, with unexpected flavours evoking a touch of nostalgia, all handmade in small batches in Devon.

9 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Cantinetta Antinori
Bottega Veneta on Sloane Street
Ice cream at Anya’s Ice Cream Project

Evening

Aperitif at Summer in Sloane Square 

Start your evening with a cocktail in the centre of Sloane Square. Just open over the British summer, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sunshine and take in the stylish locals while nibbling on treats prepared by four nearby eateries, including boat-to-table seafood from Azzurra and some delightful Gallic dishes and Champagne from French brasserie Côte.

Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EG

Dinner at Azzurra

For dinner, head to Azzurra, Sloane Street’s newest restaurant, which serves delectable Mediterranean cuisine based on a boat-to-table philosophy. Enjoy a range of dishes, from fresh seafood to hearty pastas, all made with the finest ingredients. The stylish ambiance and attentive service make it a fantastic spot for a memorable meal.

127-128 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AS

Catch a show at the Royal Court Theatre

End your evening with a cultural highlight at the Royal Court Theatre. Known for its bold and innovative productions, this theatre offers an exciting line-up of contemporary plays. It’s a great way to experience London’s vibrant performing arts scene.

Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS

Nightcap at your hotel

After the show, unwind with a nightcap at your hotel’s bar. Whether it’s the sophisticated Sir Frank’s at Beaverbrook Town House or the elegant lounge at The Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel, it’s the perfect way to relax and reflect on your day.

And if you have longer to spend in the city on your way to or from the Games, we have a great guide to the perfect staycation in Chelsea for you here.

Summer in Sloane Square
Azzurra
Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Opera House suite at Beaverbrook Town House

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