SLOANE SQUARE is a small hard-landscaped square on the boundaries of
the central London districts of
Chelsea , located 2.1 miles (3.4 km ) southwest of
Charing Cross , in
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea . The area forms a
boundary between the two largest aristocratic estates in London, the
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The square lies at the east end of Kings Road and at the south end of the more conventionally smart Sloane Street linking to Knightsbridge . In the early 1980s, it lent its name to the "Sloane Rangers ", the young underemployed, often snooty and ostentatiously well-off members of the upper classes. On the northern side of the square is the Sloane Square Hotel .
The square has two notable buildings. Peter Jones department store designed by Reginald Uren of the firm Slater Moberly and Uren in 1936 and now a Grade II* listed building on account of its early curtain wall and modernist aesthetic, pioneering in the UK for a department store . The building was carefully restored 2003-2007 with internal upgrading in line with the original designs by John McAslan and Partners . This included making the three storey atrium full-height. Peter Jones now operates as part of the employee-owned John Lewis chain.
100m from the Square in Sloane Terrace, the former Christian Science Church was built in 1907 and converted in 2002 for concert hall use as Cadogan Hall . It is now one of London's leading classical music venues.
In 2005 revised landscaping of the square was proposed, involving a change to the road layout to make it more pedestrian friendly. One option was to create a central crossroads and two open spaces in front of Peter Jones and the Royal Court. The pedestrian area leading to Pavilion Road now houses the flagship stores of many luxury brands including Brora and Links of London. This option was put out to consultation, and the results in April 2007 showed that over 65% of respondents preferred a renovation of the existing square, so the crossroads plan has been shelved. Since then, independent proposals have been put forward for the square.
A short walk down Kings Road from the Square is the National Army Museum .
Also in the square, positioned slightly off-centre, is a stone cross
that is known as Chelsea
“ INVICTIS PAX IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF CHELSEA WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR MDCCCCXIV MDCCCCVIII AND MCMXXXIX MCMXLV THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY THEIR SOULS TO THEIR GOD. ”
The monument has also been Grade II listed , since 2005.
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Authority . 2011. p. 46. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
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