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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

rediscovering chelsea



maybe it's because i try to avoid caggie & co, or maybe it's because any more than fifteen minutes on the district line is much too much, but sloane square is largely uncharted territory for me. i've been to the saatchi gallery of course, i've eaten at partridge's food market and i think i even spent a few hours in a pret off the kings road with a fellow blogger, after dodging out of a really awful event. when i met with the lovely jess from halpern pr, i was completely unprepared for the fact that i too, might fall for chelsea. jess, who knows the area fantastically, showed me a whole host of things i didn't know about; the kate spade flagship store, the rag & bone flagship store, the incredible and innovative gallery mess for cocktails...this little pocket of chelsea has an almost village-y feel to it; we spotted kids playing croquet on the lawn, couples taking in afternoon tea, mothers and daughters shopping and just an incredible amount of variety. london is fast losing many independent eateries, but sloane square is holding on to them; we visited cocomaya, a cafe by the people who make that brilliant, mental chocolate they sell in liberty. the place was fantastic; it smelt all cake-y and warm, and they even had a flourless chocolate cake and some gluten free cupcakes, not to mention countless types of tea. pavilion road, where cocomaya is situated is just a stone's throw from duke of york square, with even more independent cafes and places to eat, drink and be merry. sure, there's all your bond street type flashy designer stores who need a west end presence, but there's a lovely selection of places where i'd happily pass an afternoon - and oddly, given the SW postcode, not break the bank.