Chelsea has gone alfresco
Chelsea is home to some of London’s finest restaurants, bars and cafes and, this summer, Chelsea has gone alfresco. Our door spaces across Chelsea have been transformed to ensure your favourite eating and drinking hot-spots were able to reopen safely post-lock-down. Here’s what you need to know:
Duke of York Square has taken on a continental al fresco atmosphere, inspired by the terraced squares of Paris and Italy with seating for 120 additional people. The running track in front of the Saatchi Gallery opens each Saturday for socially-distanced picnics. Marked picnic bubbles help visitors picnic safely whilst enjoying delights from the Duke of York Square Fine Food Market, nearby Pavilion Road artisan food quarter, or local restaurants – many of which introduced takeaway options. The Fine Food Market, curated by Partridges each week, now hosts over 20 stalls offering artisanal and locally produced meat, game, fish, bread, cakes, chocolates and more. Vardo, situated at the heart of the Square, features the UK first fully retractable 360-degree wall to floor windows. Naturally conducive to social distancing, the lines are blurred between the outside and in, delivering visitors a unique dining experience with extended outdoor seating.
Throughout the summer months, Sloane Square has been transformed into an outside restaurant, bar and leisure area. Royal Court Theatre has created a “Court on the Square”, an outdoor pop-up bar and cafe. Colbert has partnered with Pernod Ricard to deliver a ‘Pastis and Petanque’ themed bar and cafe. Who can resist a spritzer and came of French boules?
Pavilion Road, the picturesque mews and recently completed artisan food quarter, is now car free and pedestrian friendly – lined with outdoor tables and chairs which can be enjoyed by diners of The Sea The Sea, Granger & Co and Hans’ Bar & Grill. For oyster lovers, visit The Sea, The Sea’s Oyster Terrace Bar which is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 1-9pm, offering champagne, wine, oysters, sashimi and other light bites. Pavilion Wine have also introduced tables and chairs for conoissuers to enjoy their favourite wines in the sunshine.