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Hattie Lloyd 02/03/24

Your Guide To Chelsea's Pavilion Road

Our favourite food quarters…

…are the ones you get from cakes.

But when in West London, it has to be Pavilion Road; a little mews street that had a big reboot in 2016 as Chelsea’s gourmet quarter.

Parked just off Sloane Square, Pavilion Road stretches all the way up to the back door of Harrods – but the Chelsea end is where you’ll find a neat row of independent shops, cafés and grocers; well worth a nose around before you drop £15 on a bottle of artisanal olive oil and spend the rest of the day feeling sick about it.

Here’s the highlights reel (and here’s the Instagram reel):

Bread Ahead

bread ahead pavilion road

One of London’s eminent bakeries, Bread Ahead’s been slinging dough since 2013. They started out in Borough Market and now have a couple of branches to their name. Their Pavilion Road store is both a bakery (where you can pick up sourdough loaves, sandwiches and donuts to take away) and a baking school, with half-day cookery classes in mastering everything from New York bagels to Japanese melon pan, as well as festive Victorian bakes, flatbreads, and donuts. Seriously, get the donuts.

Details: Open daily 7am-6pm 249 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP


papersmiths pavilion road

Very much not a food shop, but very much worth a mention – Papersmiths is a stationery buff’s paradise. Shelves are stacked with beautifully crafted pens, notepads and workplace nick-nacks designed in Japan, Scandinavia and California. If you can resist the strangely potent urge to buy a rubber in a clickable steel casing, you can browse the curated collections of travel guides, coffee table books and luxury zines lining the walls.

Details: Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm 170 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London SW1X 0AW

Ice Cream Union

ice cream union pavilion road

Ice Cream Union say they want to “radically change people’s expectations of ice cream.” So they’re serving it hot they’ve developed over 50 different flavours, including banana split, cornflake, Granny Smith, rhubarb ripple, spiced delica pumpkin, root ginger, smoked sugar and Pimm’s sorbet. And they’re all excellent.

Details: Open daily 11am-10pm 166 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London, SW1X 0AW

Granger & Co Chelsea

granger co pavilion road

The late, great Aussie chef Bill Granger – aka “the egg master of Sydney” – put his name to four Granger & Co restaurants in London. What makes the Pavilion Road one so special – besides the elegant but laid-back interiors, suntrap terrace and delicious, globally-inspired all-day menu – is that it takes reservations, even for brunch.

Details: Open daily 7am-11.30pm (8am-10.30pm Sundays) 237 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP

The Sea, The Sea

pavilion road the sea

By day, this softly lit space is a high quality fishmongers, selling shellfish and catches of the day fresh off the boats, as well as all the stocks, sauces and marinades you could need to go with them. But by night, lauded chef Leandro Carreira takes up the reins and serves a Japanese-Portuguese menu of pescatarian delights, from squid with sake to rice milk-poached scallops.

Details: Fishmonger open 9am-4pm Mon-Sat; restaurant open Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes 174 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0AW

Ottolenghi Chelsea

Sure, with six London delis (and counting), Ottolenghi isn’t exactly a unique find. But nowhere else nails the recipe of smart interiors, delicious Middle Eastern-styled dishes and an easy-going atmosphere quite like it. The Pavilion Road deli has some of the most striking interiors of them all, with sweeping tangerine banquette seating hugging the bare plaster walls, making it a highly stylish choice for a catch-up. And with Ottolenghi’s famously fresh and flavourful salads, soups and bakes stacked up on the counter, your plate will be looking pretty good too.

Details: Open Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm | 261 Pavilion Road, London SW1X 0BP

London Cheesemongers

london cheesemongers pavilion road

The London Cheesemongers started out as a humble market stall before finally landing a bricks and mortar spot in Pavilion Road. Wheeeey. Passionate about cheese of all kinds, they only ever stock 30 types at any one time, piled up alluringly on their counter. The mongers will be able to talk you through the provenance and technique of each one, and will be more than happy to let you sample – but if you’re really serious, you should book in a session at their tasting room upstairs.

Details: Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm 251 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP

Mother Vine

pavilion wine

According to an inexorable law of the universe, where there is cheese, there must be wine. Pavilion Road’s Mother Vine duly delivers, with 250+ bottles of grape hooch, hailing mainly from France with a smattering of New World picks. You can take them home by the case or the bottle – or take a seat outside in the mews and have a glass there and then.

Details: Open Tues 11am-6pm, Wed-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 12-6pm | 255 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP



For context, fruit & veg specialists Natoora supply restaurants like Lyle’s, Koya, Hawksmoor and Core by Clare Smyth, as well as Momofuku Ko over in New York. So yes, it’s kind of a big deal that they’ve popped their flagship grocery here in Chelsea. Pop into their Pavilion Road shop and leave laden with globe artichokes the size of a football, fuzzy flat peaches and 16th century French plums.

Details: Open Mon-Sat 8.30am-7.30pm, Sun 9.30am-6pm 245 Pavilion Road, London SW1X 0BP

Provenance Village Butchers

pavilion road butchers

Provenance works directly with family-run, award-winning farms to stock their shop with ethically sourced meat. The animals are all grass-fed and free range, and you can taste the difference in the cuts they produce. Swing by for your Sunday roast, or book in for an intimate masterclass to learn your way around beef, pork or lamb cuts.

Details: Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm 247 Pavilion Road, London, SW1X OBP


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