Summer is a wonderful time of year to visit Kiki McDonough in Chelsea, especially when the weather is at its most beautiful (we can but hope!). “It all starts in May during the Chelsea Flower Show, when all the windows around here are decorated in flowers for Chelsea in Bloom”, explains Kiki. “This year’s theme was Under the Sea, and I did a giant pink octopus! It’s a really spectacular week, and that atmosphere continues throughout the summer months.”
If you’re visiting Chelsea for the first time, are new to the area or you’re just keen to explore, here’s a selection of Kiki’s favourite local restaurants, sights, shops and more.
Hans’ Bar & Grill on Pavilion Road, which can be found alongside great local food suppliers – there’s a wonderful cheese shop. It’s inspired by its namesake Hans Sloane and has an all-day seasonal menu, rooted in British produce and created by chef Adam England. I also love April’s nearby, which is great any time of day, for breakfast or lunch, cocktails or a glass of wine, and Manicomio on Duke of York Square for fresh Italian food.
Best Cultural Venues
Cadogan Hall has very interesting concerts, and at Pizza Express on the King’s Road they have a supper club called The Pheasantry; there’s live music, often jazz, every evening, and it’s really fun. If I go out in the evening I tend to be found at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, where I am a patron. I would definitely recommend seeing a performance – try to book tickets well in advance. The Saatchi Gallery, which used to be the headquarters of the Territorial Army, is also well worth a visit.
Saatchi Gallery Exterior © Matthew Booth
Champagne Life © Steve White 2016 – Alice Andersons with Arthur
I think Massimo Dutti is very good, in Duke of York Square, and Eric Bompard for cashmere. There’s also a Space NK there, and Ortigia Sicilia, which does the most delicious bath oils. And, of course, everybody goes to local institution and department store Peter Jones, for everything from shoelaces to china!
When it comes to flowers, I’m very lucky – around the corner is Moyses Stevens and the wonderful Jacques Flower Shop is just across the road at the entrance to Duke of York Square. For hats, it has to be Jane Taylor London on the King’s Road. She has the most beautiful hats and is so talented. I wouldn’t ever think of buying a hat anywhere else!
Favourite Local Sights
Anyone coming to this area should go to Royal Avenue – you can see straight down to Burton’s Court, which belonged to the Royal Hospital Gardens. Definitely visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea – it’s beautiful and was designed by Christopher Wren – and the Chelsea Old Church. You must see Albert Bridge too – it’s the prettiest bridge in London.
Visiting Kiki McDonough on Symons Street
You can expect to find an array of beautiful fine jewellery that you can wear every day! My staff, who wear the jewellery themselves all the time, are fabulous – they’re really helpful and can advise on what suits you, and where to start if buying for someone else. We look forward to welcoming you!