Sloane Square Area Guide

Brief history to Sloane Square

Even in early London, diversity and multiculturalism thrived; this is most evident today in the incredible old and new architecture the capital has to offer. Sloane Square, formerly known as 'Hans Town', was named after Sir Hans Sloane. Irish born, Sloane had descended upon London to form part of his education, studying at the Chelsea Physic Garden, he was set to become a botanist.

Sloane later went travelling to Jamaica as the physician to the 2nd Duke of Albermarle. It was during this adventure he began collecting samples of plants and animals. He made a nation changing discovery – chocolate. He insisted it had 'health giving properties' and invented the recipe for drinking chocolate. This was later bought from him by no other than Messers Cadbury.

Returning from worldly travels in 1683, and having passed his medical doctorate, he returned to Chelsea. He soon made friends with John Ray and Robert Boyle two older contemporaries and it has been recorded that it was this trio of characters who were to have the biggest influence in the development of Sloane Square.

Still fields and market gardens mostly, Sloane Square began its process of transformation from the 1770s. Henry Holland, a builder and his son Henry, an architect, proceeded plans to develop the area into residential properties similar to that of neighbouring boroughs, this was later to form part of the Cadogan Estate.

Today Sloane Square is a hive of activity, with the famous King's Road and home itself to the large department store Peter Jones; it really is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood. With bright lights and dazzling displays, this is definitely an area of affluence and exclusivity.

Types of Property in Sloane Square

There are varied property types in the Sloane Square district. Typical to this unique area of Central and West London are the rows of white stucco fronted Georgian townhouses. There are studio flats and larger converted apartments, stunning mews houses and contemporary luxury developments. Pretty pastel painted terraces and Victorian villas are all to be found within the Sloane Square district.

Average rental prices

There are a varied amount of properties in the Sloane Square area many of which have been converted into studio flats, you would expect to pay in the region of £222 per week for something of this calibre. For a one bedroom apartment you would expect to pay in the region of £723.25 per week and a two bedroom you would expect to pay in the region of £1,022.75 per week.

Council Tax banding in Sloane Square ranges from A – £711.19 to H – £2,133.58. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Sloane Square

With many properties divided into studio apartments Sloane Square is highly attractive to the young professional types. Within the streets leading away from the square you will find larger houses enjoyed by young families and an older professional resident.

It has attracted many well-known people to reside within in its boundaries, most notable the ruling family of Dubai the Al Maktoum's have been known to live in the area.

What to do in Sloane Square

There is the most enormous choice of things to do in and around this bustling part of Central and West London. The famous Venus Fountain is featured in the centre of Sloane Square, constructed in 1953 and now Grade II listed it depicts King Charles II and Nell Gwynn by the Thames. It's a stunning feature and definite contrast to the busy bustle of the square.

Shopping is in abundance, the Royal grocers can be found at Patridges and Jago the butchers is situated on Elystan Street. For those seeking less formal market wares then the Farmer's Market is held every Saturday in the Duke of York Square. You will find beautiful boutiques, top design houses and vintage wonders down the King's Road, you can't help but enjoy its diverse, vibrant with an electric atmosphere.

The Chelsea Flower Show is held in the grounds of the stunning Royal Hospital during May, frequented by the Royals it has been running for over a century. For more beautiful plants and flowers Garden Square in Chelsea is open during June. Never miss a moment of Wimbledon again, you can catch it live on the big screen in the Duke of Norfolk Square throughout the season.

Fine dining at Gordon Ramsay's on the Royal Hospital Road or Sushini on the trendy King's Road are most certainly two of the most taste-bud tempting restaurants in town. For that gastropub experience, The Phoenix on Smith Street or The Thomas Cubitt on Pimlico Road is highly recommended by locals.

Transport

Brilliantly situated Sloane Square has superb public transport links, tube stations at Sloane Square or South Kensington bring you into the area. Victoria Train Station is nearby for national rail links out of London. Victoria Coach Station is located in this area of Central and West London and there are multiple London buses to and from the district.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

For outstanding primary schools Marlborough Primary School and the Knightsbridge School are in walking distance. The top secondary schools in the area include Eaton Square School and the Garden House School.

For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.