It’s been quite a few years since my last staycation in London. It was our first Christmas with Little Man and we relished the idea of going away but without the hassle of getting on a plane, train or even in a car. It was just a walk away and it felt like a real luxury on Christmas Eve.
Flash forward to 2019 and the new opening of Sloane Place, Chelsea’s new boutique hotel on Lower Sloane Street. When I was invited for a stay, I confirmed with enthusiasm and booked one night in the middle of the Easter holidays. That’s right, I was being strategic. As much as I love the holidays, juggling them with work means stepping up the self-care. And while during the holidays I relish the chance to spend more time with Little Man, to get to see sides that I don’t see when he’s at school, have conversations that are not about what he needs to do for school and focus on interests that nurture his passions and curiosity, I also want to make sure I enjoy every minute of it which means having the energy.
Staying at Sloane Place gave me the chance to recharge and to also discover a new local gem off Sloane Square. If anyone stays here from out of town, they’ll have a perfect location for shopping at Duke of York Square, King’s Road and of course Sloane Street. And Sloane Place is also very close to the big events in the area such as Chelsea Flower Show, Masterpiece and BADA.
There are 27 rooms at this hotel which you access through the new Sloane Place café bar. There is a refreshing informality when checking in that’s inviting while the surrounding elegance tells you this is a place of comfort.
After a day at work, it was a real luxury to be able to enjoy a long uninterrupted bath. It was a treat to feel my body unwind naturally at a relatively early hour. And after some FaceTime with Little Man and the OH, I headed downstairs to the café bar to meet up with a mummy friend who was also taking the night off.
I had the beef teriyaki gyoza while my friend had the crispy squid and we were both very happy with our choices.
For mains, I had the lobster and prawn burger while she had the pan-roasted monkfish kebab.
And for dessert we both had the matcha green tea crème brûlée, which I loved.
The evening we were there was during the soft launch for the café bar and there was already a great atmosphere. It really felt like somewhere for locals to pop in. I’m guessing that some of the members from the Sloane Club next door will also be popping in here too.
Overall it was a great night catching up with a friend without the entertainment of our kids’ playdates. It was great to have uninterrupted time together.
And the next morning I had one more moment to myself before heading back home for plenty of cuddles.
Sloane Place, 62 Lower Sloane St, Chelsea, London SW1W 8BP