Hottest new opening in Chelsea: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

After a historic renovation, the wait is finally over for the hottest opening in Chelsea; Sloane Street’s Belmond Cadogan Hotel. It’s walls tell incredible tales from glamour to scandal, from Oscar Wilde to Lillie Langtry and now it re-opens in the heart of Chelsea offering a luxury home-from-home retreat in its next chapter.

It’s impressive doors on Sloane Street, with doormen dressed in uniforms reminiscent of 1960s London and the Mary Quant King’s Road era welcome you in to a roaring fireplace and sweeping staircase leading up to the 54 bedrooms. Impressive details include a bronze cast of 600 books, honouring Oscar Wilde’s story, and 400 pieces of original artwork lining the walls, commissioned from mostly British artists paying homage to the artistic enclave that is the Belmond Cadogan. Further details and playful touches, include Oscar the peacock, glittering in Swarovski crystals and the bespoke tea sets and hand-knitted tea cosies in bedrooms.

The “Best of British” dining is led by Head Chef, Adam Handling, and guests can expect daringly modern and innovative recipes which are enhanced by the restaurants sustainability ethos. Expect theatrical dishes such as Lamb Wellington and his signature creation, Truffle Cheese Doughnuts.

Each of the 54 bedrooms and suites are unique and offer nothing bust the most exception experience for guests. Working fireplaces, large bathrooms with deep, freestanding roll-top baths with bespoke book and champagne holders ensure a home-from-home experience for guests. Each guest also has private access, through 21 Pont Street, as well as access to the exclusive Cadogan Place Gardens so they too can feel like a Chelsea resident.

For more info and to book, visit their website here.

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Veganuary

For those who’ve committed to Veganuary or merely fancy dipping their toe into the world of veganism, Chelsea should be your first port of call on the Vegan trail with a number of restaurants offering extensive vegan options. There will be no need to pick at a plate of limp lettuce or fearing the forgoing of your weekend bacon sarnie; here are some of our top suggestions for your health fix and happy tummys.

Wulf and Lamb on Pavilion Road is becoming widely known as a vegan hub. Tuck into comfort classics (vegan of course) as we hit the coldest months of the year. Expect creamy linguine and a mac ‘n’ cheese to die for, and craving a burger? Well you can get that too – the Wulf Burger, a seitan burger topped with tomato, baby gem, pickle, red onion and cashew aioli in a brioche bun. Get ready for the latest menu additions coming on 7 January too, pizzas!

The Good Life, just up on Sloane Avenue, is a haven for the healthy (or those trying to be). The menu offers breakfast all day long as well more substantial meals, including chestnut and almond waffles with coconut yogurt, berry and chia compote with a banana mash and a hillbilly chilli; a three bean chipotle chilli with coconut yogurt, chives and roasted sweet potato accompanied with quinoa or brown rice. Not only that but the fridges are filled with delicious juices for those on a detox and the sweet treats to take-away are enormously popular.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is also a must-visit with a year-round vegan menu, offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options for the health-conscious. The warm Asian salad is a plate of colour and exciting flavours; watermelon, pak choi, broccoli, cashew nuts, sesame, coriander and a hoisin sauce and we hear the roasted butternut squash and grains should be your main of choice.

Tucked away on Ellis Street is Raw Press. Once discovered, vegans and wannabe vegans will return time and time again. There is an extensive menu of juices, smoothies and acai bowls and a revolving menu of different salads for lunches when you’re craving some colour and vitamins this January. For something a little naughtier, try the ‘Forbidden rice bowl’ or the nachos which come with a cashew ‘sour cream’, pumpkin ‘cheese’, guacamole and a salsa. Healthy has never been so indulgent… or easy!

Heading to Duke of York Square? Click here for delicious vegan options at the Square.

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Experience Bronze Wood & Leather with Jo Malone London

Now’s the time to escape the everyday and indulge the senses. Join Jo Malone London to experience Bronze Wood and Leather, the new Cologne intense.

Enjoy a glass of British sparkling wine and chocolate treats. Jo Malone London stylists will indulge you with a relaxing Hand & Arm massage while you discover the story of the fragrance and how to layer it.

Each Saturday throughout January. For more information and to book, call the Jo Malone London Sloane Street boutique on 03701392512.

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Christmas Shopping Event 1 December

Join us for a spectacular day of Christmas shopping on 1 December – a Saturday filled with festive fun and sparkle to see stores and restaurants offer exclusive Christmas promotions for one day only. Where better to start your Christmas shopping and welcome in this special season than in the heart of Chelsea? Festivities include complimentary horse and carriage rides, delicious drinks and nibbles, wreath making with Chelsea Physic Garden, fantastic gifts with purchase and other unmissable in-store activities.

If you missed your chance to join in with the wreath making classes at Chelsea Physic Garden, join them at one of their three two-hour classes on Duke of York Square with places for ten lucky people. Classes are £45pp, from 10.30am-12.30pm, 1-3pm and 3-5pm and are bookable here.

From the finest designers and flagships on Sloane Street to the affordable luxury in and around Duke of York Square, and Pavilion Road’s independent boutiques and gourmet retailers, Chelsea is the ultimate shopping destination this December.

Make sure you visit the Festive Food Market for gourmet treats, carol singers and Christmas favourites throughout the neighbourhood to top of your seasonal celebrations!

A full map of activity can be downloaded here.

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Weekend highlights

Horse and carriage ride

Begin your shopping experience in festive style with a complimentary horse and carriage ride. Starting at Sloane Square leaving on Symons Street outside The White Company, enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights and soak up the atmosphere.

Shopping highlights

Duke of York Square

  • Enjoy delicious light refreshments in Aesop
  • Taschen are offering a 10% discount if you spend over £75 and shoppers will receive a free copy of “Man Meets Woman” (worth £10, while stocks last)
  • Mention the Christmas shopping event and whilst dining, sip on a complimentary cocktail at Manicomio
  • Receive 15% off when you spend £300 in Monica Vinader
  • Neck & Neck are have a 10% discount in-store and receive complimentary gift wrapping with your purchases as well as delicious Christmas candies
  • Sip on complimentary prosecco whilst you shop at LK Bennett and with your purchases, receive a luxury cosmetics bag to take home with you
  • Enjoy fizz in store, and for every £310 spent in store, shoppers at Vilebrequin will receive a gift with purchase
  • Head to NARS for your Christmas beauty overhauls. The first five customers who book in for a paid service will receive a deluxe goodie bag and the offers do not stop there; the expert team will be on  hand to offer ten minute festive transformations. Should you share a selfie of your new look (T&Cs apply), you will also be entered in to a prize draw to win a fantastic NARS prize. Throughout the day, make sure you also make the most of their complimentary gift wrapping
  • Boden have complimentary monogramming on selected purchases, particularly their wonderful cashmere, to add a personal touch to your gifts. English sparkling wine from Nyetimber will be served all afternoon whilst you shop, and should you spend more than £50, receive a gift with purchase (whilst stocks last)
  • Indulge with Gallery Mess’ Festive Afternoon Tea and their exclusive prices for the day only; £22 for one, £39 for two with the option of bottomless prosecco for two hours at £22 per person
  • Stop off at T2 on the King’s Road for complimentary tea tastings as well as 15% off in-store (20% for T2 members)
  • If you’re shopping at Daniella Draper, tuck into their festive drinks and nibbles and if you spend over £200, receive a True Grace Christmas candle
  • Treat your little ones to a visit to Trotters and feast on mince pies and leave with a special balloon
  • To help fuel your days shopping, enjoy prosecco and panettone at Twinset and receive a pouch bag with every purchase
  • Enjoy a special cocktail with Polpo on the  terrace
  • Receive 10% off all day in Trilogy
  • Dubarry will be fully stocked with complimentary Bubbles and Pies for hungry shoppers
  • Liu Jo will be serving festive drinks and offering exclusive in-store promotions to help with your winter wardrobe
  • Quench your thirst with complimentary drinks and make the most of the 10% discount at Franchetti Bond
  • Visit the new story library at Miista and with every purchase select your favourite book to take away for free, as well as complimentary gift wrapping
  • For every purchase over £100, receive a complimentary handbag tube gift set (worth £19) from Ortigia
  • Spend over £150 in Rigby & Peller and take away a Noble Isle stocking filler box and receive £10 off when you spend more than £200
  • Picking up some presents in Links of London, enjoy a glass of fizz and shop their exclusive 10% and 20% discounts on 18kt gold
  • Enter into a fantastic £500 giveaway at swimwear store, Bluemint
  • Enjoy Christmas cookies and cinnamon tea whilst shopping at Dermalogica. With every purchase you will also receive a complimentary Flash Glow Holiday SkinSolver Facial Treatment with every purchase
  • If you head further up the King’s Road you will find Baar & Bass who are offering a 15% discount in store for this day only as well a complimentary gift with every purchase

Sloane Square

  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with 20% in-store at Artisan du Chocolat
  • Pick some delicious Roast Chestnuts at Annoushka’s chestnut cart on Pavilion Road then receive an exclusive 15% discount and entry into a festive competition
  • Keep warm this winter and pick up some cashmere gloves on special offer this Saturday only at The White Company
  • Deck the halls with mistletoe, offered with every purchase from Club Monaco
  • Personalise your gifts with complimentary personalisation on selected items, receive a special gift with purchase and warm up with a complimentary hot chocolate at BOSS. Customise your hot chocolate with different toppings at the hot-chocolate stand, marshmallows and cream and all the sweet treats you can imagine
  • Spend over £250 at Tateossian, then you can take home one of their beautiful Coral Lapel Pins
  • Present a shopping receipt from the shopping event at the Sloane Square Hotel and receive 50% off all drinks at the first floor wine bar
  • Stock up your tableware at David Mellor ready for the festive season with 20% off all David Mellor designs
  • Enjoy a staple Christmas treat at Colbert who are offering complimentary mince pies all Saturday
  • Receive 20% off purchases when you present the shopping event map at Samuel French Bookshop
  • Sip on bubbly with Christmas nibbles and pastries in Tom Davies and treat a loved one to their Exclusive Experience Gift Voucher (worth £495)
  • J Crew will be on hand with complimentary refreshments as well as an exclusive 20% discount for one day only
  • Refresh with refreshments at Bentleys on Lower Sloane Street
  • Treat the leading lady in your life to something from Libby London and be entered into an exclusive £250 prize draw and receive free alterations on anything purchased that day
  • Visit Peter Jones for a full festive experience; listen to the sounds from a brass band, catch Father Christmas and enjoy a gin and tonic at the Tanqueray gin bar on the ground floor
  • Champagne Colour Consultations at Kiki McDonough – a glass of champagne along with a personal colour appraisal looking at which gemstones and jewellery designs suit the client best. Clients will also receive a goody bag to take home. Appointments are 30 minutes in length, and they ask that you book in advance

Sloane Street

  • Embrace the festive season whilst you shop listening to live Christmas carols in-store at Escada
  • Book your spot at Jo Malone London’s Festive Floral Centrepiece Masterclass to create the perfect accessory for your Jo Malone London Candle and the finishing touch to any sparkling celebration. Sip on festive festive and tuck into homemade mince pies from 12-4pm. Booking fee £25
  • Rag & Bone are offering delicious refreshments as well as entry for shoppers into a gift card raffle
  • Head to Giorgio Armani and Armani Casa for an exclusive shopping service with sparkling prosecco and Armani Dolci chocolates
  • The Fold have decked out their store with Christmas decorations and are offering mulled cider and delicious treats for all shoppers. All visitors will be invited to enter into a festive competition to win an assortment of luxury prizes; from a limited edition silk scarf to a VIP shopping spree, as well as gift card and personal styling session. If you don’t win won of these prizes, make sure you make the most of the 30% discount available on the day
  • Relax at The Rib Room Bar at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and receive 50% off signature cocktails, selected wine and champagne from 5-7pm then enjoy the music from the resident jazz band from 7.30pm
  • Roger Vivier will be offering a special welcome to shoppers, as well as well-deserved glasses of champagne
  • Shop at Giuseppe Zannotti and enjoy refreshments and festive treats. Should you spend over £1,000 you will also receive complimentary gifts to take home with you
  • Visit the illustrator in-store at Fendi to pick a unique gift and tuck into champagne, mulled wine and mince pies
  •  If you’ve got a full house this Christmas, Yves Delorme are offering complimentary guest towels (100% cotton) when you spend more than £40 and receive a 10% discount along with a  special gift if you spend more than £150. Enjoy Laduree macaroons whilst you shop
  • Enjoy Christmas canapés at Chanel
  • Visit Boutique 1 for an exclusive 15% off all brands to find your party outfit and get your sugar hit from complimentary festive cookies
  • When you shop at Delpozo, make sure you visit the in-store illustrator who will be on hand to sketch your portraits (with purchase only), feast on the complimentary refreshments and make the most of the  30% discount (on selected illustrations)
  • La Perla are hosting a ‘What’s Your Bra Size’ event as well as offering prosecco and showcasing their latest collections
  • Cassandra Goad will be transformed into a land of gold and chocolate. Exquisite jewels and delicious treats; children can explore the land of gold in search of chocolate treasure whilst you admire the sparkling jewels with a glass of mulled wine. An advent competition will also begin this Saturday, with the chance to win a pendant or pair of cufflinks
  • Bulgari will tempt you with their typical Italian Christmas refreshments
  • Smythson’s illustrator in-store will be able to sign or illustrate your Christmas cards for a unique and special touch
  • Whilst in awe of Cartier’s jewels, enjoy complimentary Cartier cookies and champagne
  • Emilia Wickstead’s flagship store will be serving complimentary champagne and Christmas treats
  • Shopping at Anya Hindmarch for your Christmas presents, enjoy festive drinks and receive an exclusive gift with purchase (minimum spend applies)

Pavilion Road

  • New to the  street, Papersmiths will be monogramming selected notebook designs with their hot foiling machine for the first time in-store
  • Heidi Klein are offering an exclusive 10% off all items in-store as well as serving drinks and nibbles throughout the day
  • Curate the perfect British beauty gift with free gift wrapping at Cosmetics a la Carte. Catch their complimentary make-up drop-in clinic with a glass of champagne and head out with a beautiful new look
  • Moyses Stevens will be fully stocked with freshly-made wreaths and all your Christmas decorations to kick off the festive season
  • Add something personal and a touch of sparkle to your purchases from Olivia von Halle who are offering a same day glitter monogramming service. Available in amethyst pink or green flash, up to three letters can be chosen to be placed, for free, on the pocket of a pyjama or on the front of an eye mask
  • Head to Pavilion Wine for a day of Perrier Jouet Champagne tasting. Sample their latest product ‘Blanc de Blancs’ and sale by glass of cuvees and their famous ‘Belle Epoque’. Jonathon Simms (Champagne Ambassador for Pernod Ricard, owners of Perrier Jouet) will be on hand from midday to share his expertise, and their will also be mulled wine and cognac for those who feel the cold
  • Indulge with a Festive Afternoon tea from Hans’ Bar & Grill, available exclusively for £25, including a glass of champagne.
  • Picking up something cosy from The White Company, don’t miss out on a free gift worth £20 when you spend £100
  • Try something new this season and enjoy a complimentary scoop of an exclusive Christmas flavour when any ice cream is purchased at Ice Cream Union. Exciting flavours include Christmas pudding, brandy butter and mince pie
  • Refresh with radically seasonal Sicilian mimosas and festive treats from Violet cakes (of Royal wedding fame) and screenprint your own Christmas tote to take away at Natoora
  • Visit Sarah Chapman to be in with the chance to win a years supply of best-selling Overnight Facial, and as a thank you for entering, you will receive a complimentary travel sized product especially selected for your skin type (while stocks last)
  • Feast on complimentary festive pigs in blankets from Provenance butcher
  • Warm up with hot mulled mead at London Cheesemongers, try their Christmas themed tasting menu and complete the visit with mince pies
  • Book a blow dry at Salon Sloane and receive a complimentary hair treatment and Revlon Professional Hydro Nutritive conditioner
  • Enjoy festive sips and snacks at Kate Spade. The Kate Spade cookie cart will be in store from 11am – 6pm (and Sunday 12-3pm) where customers can personalise their bespoke cookies upon purchase. There will also be prosecco and festive snacks to celebrate
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Violante Nessi – Pop-Up

Violante Nessi, the Italian womenswear brand have landed on Ellis Street, for this winter only. The eponymous fashion designer seeks to celebrate the values of true Italian fashion and rediscover elegance in her designs, designing for women who are proud of their femininity and passionate about life itself.

Throughout November and December, they will be hosting a number of exciting events perfect for your diaries:

Violante Nessi & Raw Press Cocktails: 22 November, 5-9pm, hosted by Bianca Luna (from Grazia.it) & Annabel Maldomado (Business of Fashion)

Violante Nessi Christmas Cocktails partnered with Truffle Italia, The Good Life Eatery and Select.to, 27 November, 5-8pm, hosted by Violante Nessi and Fionna Benveniste

Violante Nessi Party Collection presentation, 1 December 10am – 7pm, hosted by Violante Nessi and Fiorina Benveniste-Schuler

Violante Nessi & Cipriano Cocktail, 13 December 10am-9pm, hosted by Olivia Innocenti-Buckley and Olivia Buckingham

Violante Nessi Holiday Cocktail, 20 December 5-9pm, hosted by Violante Nessi

Visit 4 Ellis Street, the first Violante Nessi boutique, for womenswear embodying pure elegance and made of impeccable quality.

 

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Modern British Art in Chelsea Discussion

The Sloane Club has collaborated with Apollo, leading international art magazine, to host an art panel on 9 October to discuss Modern British Art in Chelsea and the impact it has had on the art world through the ages.

Book your tickets to the evening conversation which explores how the surrounding area of the Sloane Club has provided inspiration, and entertainment, to artists from the fin de siècle to the present day. Join their expert panel to find out more about the lives of artists in Chelsea and how this distinctive part of London shaped their work, from Whistler to Sargent in the  late 19 Century to Francis Bacon in ’30sa, and from the artists and designers who congregated around the King’s Road in ’60s to the contemporary artists who still have studios in the area today.

Please contact events@sloaneclub.co.uk or 020 7730 9131 to reserve your spot. Tickets cost £30pp and include a drinks and canapés reception.

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NYO Jazz

A concert forming part of the first ever European tour by Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra musicians aged between 16-19. They will showcase the fantastic American music for big band from Basie and Ellington to today’s Jazz greats and include special guest singer Dianne Reeves. Enjoy some of the Jazz classics from five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves, whose vocal power and big personality has been compared to the likes of Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.

Celebrate jazz and incredible talent, both established and developing at this wonderful concert. Tickets and further information available here.

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Where to celebrate World Chocolate Day

7th July brings one of the happiest days of the year, World Chocolate Day. Chocolate is known for releasing endorphins, so feel no guilt as you indulge on this special day. Make sure you explore Chelsea to see what sweet treats you can find.

Salted Caramels, Artisan du Chocoalt

 

Sample chocolates of every flavour at Artisan du Chocolat on Lower Sloane Street. This institution is a haven for those with a sweet-tooth where you can spoil yourself with the most luxurious chocolate sweets from ‘milk salted caramel honeycomb’ and ‘pistachio pearls’ to ‘Rosé & Strawberry Truffles’ which must all obviously be consumed in mass.

Belgian Chocolate Brownies, Bread Ahead

 

As you wonder the artisan street, grab a tea-time treat from Bread Ahead. Their chocolate brownies are so indulgent and moreish, you sure to be back the next day… and the next!

Sloane’s Dark Chocolate Fondant with Cherry Sorbet, Hans’ Bar & Grill

 

The latest restaurant on Pavilion Road is Hans’ Bar & Grill and it’s namesake is Sir Hans Sloane, the man credited with bringing the Cadbury’s drinking chocolate recipe we know and love today to the UK.  Enjoy a feast of fine cuisine, but make sure you save room for when the desert menu appears which will have you swooning as you catch sight of the chocolate puddings on offer. The salted caramel cheesecake pot with vanilla ice cream will have your tastebuds dancing with delight and the dark chocolate fondant with cherry sorbet is the most exquisite end to a fantastic meal.

Make Your Own Magnum, Magnum Pleasure Store

 

Do not miss the Magnum Pleasure Store on Duke of York Square this summer; the ultimate destination for those who prefer their life on the sweet side. Create your own Magnum masterpiece, choose your chocolate flavoured shell and watch the masterpiece materialise in front of your very eyes. Flavours include coconut, fudge, honeycomb, pistachio, popping chocolate balls, crushed raspberry – the list could go on!

 

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Chelsea’s Coolest Ice Cream Spots

With the beautiful sunshine looking like it’s going to stay, everyone is after an ice cream and ice cream cravings cannot be taken lightly! So we’ve put together a list of the coolest local ice cream spots, so you will be s’creaming for more…

 

Head to Amorino on the King’s Road for an authentic gelato experience. This hotspot does remind you that ice cream really can make you happy. from sorbet, smoothies, grozen granitas, milkshakes, ice creams and ice cream macaroons, their offering is extensive. The highlight is their handcrafted floral shaped ice cream. Enjoy blooming marvellous flavours of strawberries and cream, blueberry cheesecake, tiramisu, lime and basil, and more!

Venchi, a tiny bit further down the King’s Road, has over 140 years of Italian heritage and expert gelato making experience. The ‘Cuor di Cacao’ is a must trya; a frozen gelato served with an extra dark chocolate base, milk, cream and devilishly delicious chocolate sprinklings.

Duke of York Square’s latest arrival is the Magnum Pleasure Store. Head in to create your Magnum masterpiece with experts on hand to dip in an outer shell of your choice and colour and cover it with toppings galore. Don’t forget to Instagram before you demolish it!

The Pan N Ice pop-up is a must-visit too, up on the 5th floor in Harvey Nichols. Making ice rolls in front of your very eyes, these unique creations need to be tried this summer – heatwave or not. On 7 July, they will also be offering 100 free ice creams to lucky shoppers, so don’t miss out!

 

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Afternoon tea, Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Jumeirah Carlton Tower wins Afternoon Tea of the Year

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, just off Sloane Street, has one the coveted prize of Afternoon Tea of the Year 2018 and Harpers Bazaar agrees too!

Competing in a live cook off against 100 other hotels, their task was to create the most delicious afternoon tea in 30 minutes as if preparing for a guest. Their ‘Symphony’ afternoon tea was the winning entry; inspired by the movements of a Symphonic orchestra and from the resident harpist which serenades diners throughout the afternoon. Their contemporary take a on a classic saw judges try savoury brioche treats of smoked salmon with duck egg mayonnaise and on the sweeter side, a mini tiramisu with whipped coffee ganache, a Sicilian pistachio éclair with cranberry compote and a coconut and lemongrass sorbet to cleanse the palette.

For the summer months, the pastry team have created a British Summer Season Afternoon Tea to celebrate the special events which take place across the country including Royal Ascot, The Proms, Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon. Enjoy spinach bread with asparagus, basil and rosary goats cheese. For something a little sweeter, enjoy treats from the Season, “The Perfect Serve”; a Wimbledon white chocolate crema tart with apricot compote and lemon truffle tennis ball or maybe “The Bookies Favourite” will take the top spot for you; banana and chocolate brownie with peanut butter cream top hat, inspired by Royal Ascot.

Afternoon tea is served in the Chinoiserie Lounge daily at £45 per person or £55 with a glass of Champagne. Book your table here.

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