Right on Sloane Square, this beautiful restaurant is worth the visit if not for the charming décor alone. The Botanist is named after Sir Hans Sloane, the pioneering naturalist and Chelsea Physic Garden benefactor, and the interior pays homage to the great master with scientific wall drawings by Adam Ellis, based on Sir Hans’ original illustrations.
As you enter the bright and breezy space, you’ll be mesmerised by the lightshow of collector’s curiosities displayed on the far wall. The space is complemented a trinity of glittering halo chandeliers, and a natural colour palette is stylishly set off by white leather chairs and benches.
Sage green leather banquettes, chocolate-coloured armchairs and floor-to-ceiling mirrors making this a sleek, unique and timeless cocktail lounge a place you may never want to leave – especially once you’ve tried the cocktails!
I fell for the Tea House Martini (Earl Grey-infused gin shaken with orange-flower water and finished with a knotted bamboo leaf served in a Martini glass). The exotic Lucky No.7 cocktail (fresh kiwi ‘muddled’ with lemongrass and vodka and ‘lengthened’ with apple and lime) was also rather delicious.
The menu, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, is also a feast for your eyes (though not so easy on the wallet). Following Sloane’s adventuring spirit, Head Chef Andrew Beddoes has ‘drawn together inﬂuences from far and wide’. I chose the buttery Stilton and white onion tart, with roast pear and rocket salad and the cutlet of rare breed British Lop pork, with Pommery mustard mash. One word: Yum.
7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE