Sloane Square Hotel, London

Sloane Square was designed in 1771 and named after Sir Hans Sloane. It has long been one of the most exclusive areas in central London, situated between the Kings Road and Sloane Street. It’s the perfect address to thrill shopaholics, surrounded by the world’s most luxury boutiques.

Aside from the excellent retail therapy opportunities, the Square also has several historical buildings, including the Peter Jones department store, the Royal Court Theatre and the Sloane Square Hotel. 

Housed in a 19th-century building which was formerly The Royal Court Hotel, it has played host to many celebrities. Early in February 1962, The Beatles stayed for several weeks and in the following year they used the building as a venue for photographic sessions. The hotel also played host to the first meeting between Paul McCartney and his future girlfriend Jane Asher.

In 2005 the building was completely renovated and reopened as Sloane Square Hotel. The ideal location for my recent trip to The Glamour Beauty Festival at The Saatchi Gallery. The Gallery is conveniently just a two minute walk from the hotel. 

As per usual, I arrived at the hotel well before my scheduled Check In time. The intention was to drop my bags and grab some breakfast in the hotel’s French inspired Cote Brasserie. It was a nice surprise to be told that my room was ready, giving me the opportunity to have a quick freshen up before the Festival began. The staff at reception were all charming and extremely welcoming, setting the tone for the rest of my stay. 


I arrived in my room to find a handsome little fella sat waiting to greet me. We exchanged pleasantries while I inspected the room. 

The hotel’s rooms are elegant and luxurious, with bespoke ornate wallpapers and beds dressed with luxury 300-thread count Egyptian linens. Comfort is paramount with soft pillows on the huge King size bed.

My room had a lovely window seat looking out across the square and was pretty spacious, even by London standards.

After a quick spruce up, I bid my friend farewell and made my way downstairs to meet my (human) friend for some french toast before we set off for the Saatchi Gallery. 

The Glamour Beauty Festival is a two-day beauty event which launched in 2016 and returned to London for its second year.

The event was sponsored by Fiat, which staged a 'pool party', offering guests the chance to immerse themselves in a party experience with DJ music, a gelato van and parasols. We grabbed ourselves a prosecco sorbet and soaked up the party atmosphere.

The Festival is an opportunity to experience professional beauty treatments and gain expert advice, as well as watch talks with some of the industry’s leading figures. Brands supporting the festival included Nars, GHD, Garnier, Elizabeth Arden and Nails Inc. 

Youtube duo Pixiwoo kicked off the talks, followed by make-up guru Mary Greenwell and hair expert Sam McKnight. They spoke to presenter Angela Scanlon about how the beauty industry has changed and gave a fascinating insight into what it was like working with Princess Diana.

Fearne Cotton spoke all things food with celebrity nutritionist Amelia Freer. 

Dermot O’Leary was interviewed by Glamour Editor Jo Elvin on his new skincare range for men. 

Glamour’s Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr, interviewed a group of gorgeous ladies as to their Desert Island essentials. The group consisted of singer Frankie Bridge and bloggers In The Frow, Samantha Maria and Niomi Smart.

Winnie Harlow spoke to Erin O’Connor about working in the modelling industry. 

After all of the talks we had our hair done by GHD before heading next door to Gallery Mess for some much needed food. 

Gallery Mess has a beautiful setting within the grounds of the Saatchi Gallery. The decor of exposed brickwork, high ceilings and unique displays of art make for a lovely relaxing atmosphere. The perfect place for a long leisurely meal in readiness for some cocktails in Chelsea. 

Returning to the Sloane Square Hotel in the evening, we enjoyed a complimentary glass of prosecco in the hotel bar.

When I returned to my room a lovely little surprise awaited. The room had been turned down, with my bed made ready to slump into. A chocolate had been left on my pillow and a bottle of water on the bedside table. I’m can’t be sure who the kind and thoughtful person was who did this for me, but I have my suspicions. He’d even left out a mug for me to have a late night feast of hot chocolate and cookies. What a gentleman!

Colbert, Chelsea

There’s nothing I love more following a Cocktail Saturday than a Sunday brunch. During a recent trip to London, my friend and I went to Colbert in Chelsea for some much needed hearty food after one too many cocktails the night before. 

With its prime position on Sloane Square it is in the perfect spot. Inspired “by the great boulevard cafés of Paris”, it sits where Chelsea, Knightsbridge & Belgravia meet. Inside there’s a 1930s Parisian feel with monochrome tiles, dark wooden wall panelling and red leather banquettes.

We visited at 9.00am on a Sunday morning and it was already full. As soon as you enter you feel the buzz of the brasserie. It’s a very popular place, mostly with well-heeled Chelsea residents (I spent most of the meal admiring a beautiful Hermes Birkin sat next to me), although it still remains low-key and relaxed. 

The menu is simple and is split into breakfast, all-day dining as well as a lunch and dinner section. For breakfast, there is fruit, porridge, granola and various egg options as well as the standard French pastries. I chose poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and a pain au chocolat and my friend had an omelette as well as French toast with maple syrup and bacon. 

We also ordered a side to share of french baguette with butter although we didn’t even touch it, too full from devouring our meals. 

The food was simple but delicious and exactly what we needed to bring us back to life. My eggs were perfectly done and the pain au chocolat was buttery and flakey, washed down perfectly with a pot of tea.

I’ve read mixed reviews about the service but I have to say it was faultless when we visited. The staff were highly trained and efficient but also very friendly, which is quite unusual in London. The maître d’ spent several minutes chatting to us asking about our trip and suggesting places for us to visit. 

The food was reasonably priced, approximately £20.00 each which, considering the amount we ate, I think was great value. 

It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re wanting a relaxed Sunday brunch while reading the papers. Next time we visit London we plan to return to sit outside in the sunshine, to people watch across Sloane Square.  

Colbert Chelsea

50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, SW1W 8AX

Bluebird, Chelsea

Bluebird in Chelsea has become something of a Kings Road institution, set back in an old Art Deco garage which was built for The Bluebird Motor Company in 1923 to house old Bluebird cars. 

It is so much more than just a restaurant. Visitors can also choose from the café, outside courtyard for alfresco dining, bar, bakery, food store, wine cellar or one of the coolest concept stores in London. Bluebird really has everything you could possibly need under one roof.

The Shop, which is owned by Jigsaw, sells luxury fashion, books, homeware and even has its own Blink Brow Bar.

We visited last Saturday and, having been unable to get into the cafe, opted for a cocktail in the upstairs bar. Inside it’s very glamorous with a large metal bar, chandeliers and cherry-blossom sculptures dotted around to welcome the start of Spring. The bar is a destination in its own right, taking centre stage in the middle of the room. There was a steady stream of fashionable Made in Chelsea types sipping on cocktails. 

We chose a ‘Tiffany Rose’ cocktail each, rose petal vodka with fresh strawberries and line, sugar cane syrup served over Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne. It came served in a ceramic strawberry pot and was delicious. The thing that sets Bluebird apart is the laid back atmosphere. It really is the perfect sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road.

If you are planning to visit, it’s worth keeping an eye on the website as there are always seasonal events and pop-ups taking place, like an outside Creperie for pancake day or transforming the outside area with large tennis balls throughout Wimbledon.

350 King's Road, London SW3 5UU