London’s Sloane Square, which features mature trees, is in one of the city’s most fashionable and upscale neighborhoods, Knightsbridge. Just off the square, Sloane Street includes a selection of exclusive international brand-name stores such as Gianni Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and Yves Saint Laurent. The square has its own London Underground station, giving it efficient connections to other city destinations. This wealthy area boasts several luxury hotels, but lacks budget options.
Sloane Square Hotel
The Sloane Square Hotel, the only hotel actually overlooking Sloane Square, is housed in a fine four-story Edwardian building. The hotel’s Chelsea Brasserie serves modern French cuisine in a ground floor room overlooking the bustle of Sloane Square. The attached bar offers cocktails and light meals. The hotel is a few steps from the Royal Court Theatre, which stages contemporary British and international drama. A few minutes’ walk from the hotel, the Duke of Wellington pub has a beer garden and stages live music.
A two-minute walk from Sloane Square, the luxury Draycott Hotel is set in a 19th-century building with Victorian-style interiors, which include genuine antique furnishings. Room rates include afternoon tea, a glass of champagne in the early evening and a cup of hot chocolate at bedtime. Though private dining is available, the hotel does not have a restaurant. Nearby dining options include Rasoi Vineet Bhatia serving upmarket Indian cuisine and El Blason offering authentic Spanish food.
Number 11 London
Housed in a Victorian building with opulent interiors including Murano glass chandeliers, Number 11 London is just a few minutes’ walk from Sloane Square. The on-site restaurant serves a contemporary European and Mediterranean menu and the bar offers a selection of cocktails and vintage champagnes. The hotel has a gym and spa treatments include reflexology, massages and manicures. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the green spaces of Hyde Park, which includes a boating lake.
Durley House has 11 luxury suites and is located on Sloane Street, a three-minute walk from Sloane Square. While it has no restaurant, the hotel offers 24-hour room service and butler service, and has an on-site chef. For those wishing to dine out, the Scalini Restaurant, which serves a fine-dining Italian menu, and O Fado, a Portuguese restaurant, are both within a 10-minute walk. Durley House is a 25-minute walk, or a short bus ride, from Buckingham Palace.
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