Deciding where to stay in London for shopping is never an easy task. Much will depend on your shopping preferences and preferred area. However, if you want to enjoy a variety of retail options, taking in world famous designer stores, genuine artisan shops, vintage clothing, antique shops and a fabulous farmers market - while having a great choice of theatres, bars, cafes and restaurants close by – Sloane Square will fit the bill.
While Sloane Square and the surrounding area provide all the ingredients you need for your short-break cake mix, a stay at the Sloane Square Hotel will provide the icing. One of a very few still privately owned hotels in the capital, Sloane Square Hotel dates back to 1900, although until 2005 it was named the Royal Court Hotel. Completely refurbished in 2006, the hotel offers guests 5-star luxurious accommodation with unpretentious elegance. And staff prepared to go that extra yard to ensure your stay provides lifelong memories.
Once settled into your hotel, stepping into Sloane Square will have you reaching for the plastic. Considered the centre of Chelsea, Sloane Square sits on the Kings Road and Sloane Street intersection. A casual glance in almost any direction will bring into view high-end iconic stores like Peter Jones, fashionable boutiques and designer shops, along with the Royal Court Theatre and Cadogan Hall.
A stroll from the square, along Sloan Street towards Knightsbridge, will provide stores and salons for both him and her. Add a touch of glamour to your latest hairstyle at Alexandre de Paris. Browse the latest accessories at Anya Hindmarch. View the latest masculine trends at Billionaire Couture. The latest fragrances at Chanel and jewellery at Graff Diamonds.
Be sure to visit Zara’s largest store in Europe, before slipping into Duke of York Square. Although you can enjoy over 30 designer stores around the square, it is better known as a relaxing, cosmopolitan oasis in the centre of London. Its myriad cafes, serving a wide variety of dishes, all have extensive outdoor seating set amid the water features. A great place for the whole family to lunch al fresco.
If you enjoy shopping at enthusiastic artisan shops at home, pencil in a visit to Pavilion Street, close to Sloane Square. Designed as a village setting in the heart of Chelsea, independent butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, greengrocers and a wine store rub shoulders with high-end designer stores. More shops are expected to open shortly.
Vintage clothing and accessories of all types are becoming increasingly popular. If you enjoy those back-in-time events, from the Royalists and Roundheads, to the Roaring Twenties to wartime England, there are a number of vintage clothing shops around the Sloane Square area well worth perusing. Visit Club Monaco, on the square, V4Vintage eBoutique, on the Kings Road and One Vintage, on the Kensington Road - among many others slightly farther afield.
Don’t be concerned about where to stay in London for shopping. With so much going on just a short walk from Sloane Square, and with the Sloane Square Underground Station a minute’s walk from the Sloane Square Hotel, you can travel across the city quickly and easily, no matter where you want to go.