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Nestled away in the heart of the bustling Royal Borough lies the idyllic and charming Sloane Square. While for many, central London may not be the obvious choice for a peaceful staycation, the Capital’s famous Sloane Square surprisingly feels like a world away from the bustle of the city centre. Situated on the edge of Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea, Queen Anne-style architecture, cobbled streets and a plethora of independent boutiques gives Sloane Square a village-like feel.
For those who aren’t familiar with the concept of UnderTheDoormat, the award-winning company deals exclusively in short term rentals, giving guests the chance to enjoy hotel service in a luxury apartment space.
The apartment has a number of services traditionally offered by hotels such as a ‘live-in’ service manager, reception and luxury linens and toiletries.
3 Sloane Gardens is the company’s latest venture – and they have spared no expense on the apartment’s tasteful décor.
We stayed in 3 Sloane Square’s top floor apartment which was comprised of a double and master bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and spacious living room, complete with a beautiful writing desk overlooking the street’s grand Victorian architecture.
Plush velvet chairs, marble tables, soft cream carpet and a Nespresso machine are included in each apartment along with paintings by established artist Neil Douglas.
At least one of Douglas’ pieces can be found in each of the nine apartments while others are placed around the building’s vast yet bright stairways and halls.
The simply stunning paintings are mixed media impressions of cityscapes and blossoms which are also available to purchase so you can take a small piece of your memorable weekend home.
Each apartment is light and tasteful without feeling imposing and feels like a home from home.
A drench shower, fluffy white towels, individual electric heaters, Scottish Fine Soaps and a fresh coffee from the Nespresso machine make those crisp autumn mornings worth getting up for.
We were also kindly given a welcome pack which included salted caramel truffles by Love Cocoa (which were consumed within minutes), and English Breakfast Tea by Whittard of Chelsea.
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FOOD & DRINK
Being in the heart of London means you are never more than a stone’s throw from restaurants, cafes and bakeries.
But while eateries may be in abundance, it’s often difficult trying to choose, especially over one weekend.
UnderTheDoormat recommended a delightful independent Italian restaurant called Enoteca Turi, located just ten minutes away from 3 Sloane Gardens on Pimlico Road.
Walking through the door of this family-run restaurant, we were immediately greeted with warmth and a reassuring commitment to the government’s face mask policy.
Everything about the meal and the experience was flawless from start to finish.
The hosts were attentive without being overwhelming, allowing my partner and I to enjoy intimate moments while offering us in-depth knowledge of the best wine that would compliment our dishes.
It’s often very difficult to find restaurants that offer alcohol-free options without alienating the person who has chosen not to drink.
Considering Enoteca Turi specialises in award-winning wine with a notable cellar, the non-alcoholic options were equally as impressive.
Me and my other half opted for the set menu which at £39 each for three courses didn’t break the bank.
To start I had Italian sausage with lentils, while my partner tried the mussels – both of which were delicious.
We both opted for the same main and dessert which was the braised beef cheek with polenta gnocchi followed by a classic tiramisu.
One of the restaurant owners, Pamela, informed us that the beef cheeks had been braising for around six hours that day – and you could certainly tell.
The meat fell apart and melted in the mouth while the gnocchi was an inspired take on the classic “meat and potatoes”.
If you don’t fancy eating out, however, each apartment at 3 Sloane Gardens also has a kitchen to cater for guests who want a more independent stay and perhaps don’t feel comfortable dining out during the current climate.
Enoteca Turi also has a ‘dine at home’ menu, for those who want a night-in but still want to sample this delicious fare.
The Orange Public House & Hotel Victoria which is also located on Pimlico Road is a lovey spot for a post or pre-dinner drink.
Duke of York Square has a food market on a Saturday which is worth checking out too along with Maitre Choux and PAUL if you fancy something a little sweeter.
UnderTheDoormat has a 10-point Hygiene Promise across all of its properties, including 3 Sloane Gardens.
With cleanliness being a top priority for many guests during the coronavirus pandemic, I was especially impressed with 3 Sloane Square’s hygiene standards.
In fact, one of the reasons 3 Sloane Square is so appealing is the way in which guests can thoroughly enjoy their own space and privacy without sharing the common areas with hundreds of other people.
For those wishing to know more about UnderTheDoormat’s hygiene measures, the 10 points are as follows:
1. The home meets independent global and UK standards, including the Cleaning Protocols set by STAA and Quality in Tourism
2. Our homes are annually inspected and accredited by Quality in Tourism for their Safe, Clean and Legal™ assessment scheme
3. Every home is professionally cleaned before and after each guest stay, using Virucidal products that are proven to kill 99.999% of virus germs and bacteria
4. Our professional cleaners follow a strict cleaning checklist and guidance of sanitisation and disinfection before and after every guest stay
5. We disinfect every high-touch surface, such as remote controls, flushes, handles and switches
6. Keys are disinfected between guests and placed in a sealed bag
7. Our linens are professionally laundered at over 60 degrees with disinfectant detergent
8. Our Guest Relations Team will have double checked the home prior to your arrival and will follow social distancing guidelines when welcoming you
9. Your Welcome Pack will now include antibacterial wipes in addition to all the other helpful extras
10. We will always be operating to the current UK government advice
Guests are required to download and check-in on the NHS test and trace app when they enter the building.
We were also provided with two disposable masks, a pocket-size hand sanitiser, alcohol wipes and plastic gloves which came in handy when we were out and about.
The aparthotel is on the doorstep of the King’s Road which is famous for its boutique shops, designer clothing stores and snapshots from Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea.
While flocking to more touristy attractions like Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum (both nearby) is tempting, Sloane Square has plenty on offer for those who want to avoid public transport.
Duke of York Square and the Saatchi Gallery are just a minute’s walk from Sloane Square while Battersea Park is just a mere 20 minutes on foot.
But if conceptual art and long walks aren’t your bag, then try the Albemarle Gallery at 43 Cadogan Gardens.
Here, we met with Gallery Director Alessandro Lorenzetti who talked us through some of the exhibitions which included work by the talented Kyle Barnes and Christopher Thompson.
The gallery is bright and clean, letting the art speak for itself while the streets of Chelsea hum gently in the background.
Unlike other galleries we’ve visited in the past, Alessandro immediately put us as ease, explaining the finer details without seeming patronising. His presence was warm and attentive without being intrusive.
We were also lucky enough to meet with Neil Douglas, the artist behind 3 Sloane Gardens’ magnificent collection of work.
The gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, A Solitary Man by the acclaimed painter Iain Faulkner, begins on October 15.
Sloane Square tube station, which serves the Circle and District Line, is less a two-minute walk from 3 Sloane Gardens.
There are also several bus stops outside the station which go directly to Victoria, Knightsbridge and White City.
For those who don’t mind walking, Victoria train and coach stations are just a 20-minute walk away.
Heathrow Terminal 5 is around 30 minutes by car and around 40 minutes to an hour via public transport.
For £40 off any stay use code 3SLOANE20. Go to UnderTheDoormat.com/3sloanegardens and quote the code with your enquiry to redeem.
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