Think Chelsea; think the flower show, think reality TV, think shopping! From the glitz and glamour of exclusive boutiques to the traditional charm of historic department stores, any ardent shopaholic will be spoilt for choice in Chelsea. As one of London's most affluent and fashionable neighbourhoods, Chelsea is a natural starting point for shopping in London. The streets are lined with boutiques as manicured as the people who live there. Make the most of your mini-break in Chelsea by following our top 5 guide.
1. Breakfast near Tiffany’s Enjoy a laid-back breakfast at The Good Life Eatery on Sloane Avenue, featuring cold pressed juices and a healthy yet delicious menu, before taking a stroll over to Sloane Street where you’ll find Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Chanel, Prada and Hermes among other luxury brands. When you stay at Sloane Square Hotel, you’ll also find there’s plenty of great brunch spots right on your doorstep, including the Made in Chelsea favourites Bluebird Cafe, Tom’s Kitchen and Eelbrook.
2. Hunting for Vintage Treasures Don’t limit your shopping to clothes, there's a whole host of top-end antiques dealers and auction houses waiting to be explored. A little off the beaten track you’ll find an abundance of treasures at the Furniture Cave and Bourbon-Hanby Arcade. For collectors of cinematic memorabilia or just for those in search of a unique gift, Limelight Movie Art is a preferred destination for original film posters. Discover anything from stunning vintage clothing to beautiful antiques and objet d'art in this part of London.
3. Museum Muse Experience museums galore in South Kensington during your stay at Sloane Square Hotel, a luxury four-star hotel just one stop away on the underground. There is a museum for everyone with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and Science Museum. After admiring the treasures of the natural world and the past, invest in your own precious accessories. Purchase a personalised bag at Anya Hindmarch, fine jewellery at Monica Vinader Chelsea Boutique or make your selection of the extravagant costume or fine jewellery at Butler & Wilson.
4. Bloomin’ Chelsea Chelsea is synonymous with the world’s most famous flower show, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The swathes of brightly coloured flowers and plants adorning the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are not to be missed. It’s not just about the show gardens and vibrant horticultural displays though, local businesses get into the floral spirit with the Chelsea in Bloom floral art show where shop fronts are transformed into a show of floristry skills. During this week in Spring, local retailers celebrate with private shopping events and limited edition products.
5. Stay In Chelsea Sloane Square Hotel is conveniently located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The hotel lends itself beautifully to its illustrious location by offering a perfect mix of understated elegance alongside personal and attentive service that promises to make your shopping expedition to the capital a memorable one. Just over the road from the hotel is the London Underground and within a mere 100 yards of the hotel is the Duke of York Square, home to iconic brands, London’s finest artisan food market and the renowned Saatchi Gallery.