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The Botanist
The Botanist

The Botanist Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thebotanistonsloanesquare.com
  • Phone: 0207 730 0077
  • Hours of Operation: Opening Times
    Mon-Fri: 8am-11.30pm Sat and Sun: 9am-11.30pm
    Food service times (Monday-Friday):
    Breakfast: 8am-11.30am Restaurant menu: midday-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, French
  • Executive Chef: Shannon Wilson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are happy to organise local canapés parties, cocktail parties and business lunch catering. Please call Jessica on 07900 677051 or email her on jessica@etmgroup.co.uk.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Botanist is ideally located for public transport. The closest tube stations are Sloane Square and Victoria and local bus routes include the 11,19,22,137,170,211,319,360,452 and C1.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: MONDAY TO SATURDAY During the day meters are available in all surrounding streets at a cost of £3 - £4 an hour. Free parking is available on Sloane Square and on the surrounding streets from 6.30pm each night. SUNDAYS Parking is free all day in the surrounding streets.
A word from The Botanist
The Botanist is a stylish, contemporary restaurant and bar on Sloane Square, open all day every day. The venue has an elegant look as befits its chic Chelsea location: the light and airy dining space has floor to ceiling windows; a stunning stripped oak floor and a beautifully lit display of botanical images. The menus offer a selection of carefully sourced, seasonal dishes such as Soft-poached Gull’s Egg with Chorizo, Alsace Bacon and Fresh Peas and Rare Breed British Lop Pork Cutlet with Pommery Mustard Mash and Black Pudding Stuffed Granny Smith Apple. Delicious desserts are also on offer: best sellers are Knickerbockers Glory; Roast Honey Almond Figs, Apple and Blueberry Compote and Devonshire Clotted Cream and Baked Lemon Tart. The gleaming pewter bar also offers a fantastic space for drinks. The extensive wine list features 150 bins and the cocktail list offers all the classics plus a selection of original, bespoke cocktails using of seasonal British ingredientsContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was a birthday lunch for 22 year old son. There were 4 of us. Both the food and the service were first class. Our waiter took it upon himself to present our son with a platter of sweets and a birthday cake candle without having been asked. The staff were exceptional. Thank you to everyone at the Botanist."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Two generations - my wife and I together with daughter and the new beau! Sunday lunch... the traditional roast (beef) and one Vienna Schnitzel. It was fabulous. A prime position close to the open window looking out onto a sun-kissed Sloane Square and impeccable, friendly service from everyone concerned. The food - top-notch! Everything about The Botanist reeks of pleasure. The portions were HUGE - No, seriously - HUGE. It meant there was no room left in any of the four stomachs for dessert and, my word, what a choice of dessert there was. I recommend The Botanist for any occasion and am currently working up my appetite for a return visit."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "We had friends visit from Derbyshire who drove straight to the Botanist for breakfast. It took 15mins to take our order, the food when it came was tiny portions and semi cold. I asked for condiments and they never came. We ordered extra coffee and waited 15mins before asking again and then it arrived cold with no apology. The entire restaurant seemed to be all abuzz with getting ready for lunch and ignoring the fact the place was full with people not there for lunch. There was ample staff and they were all just floating around chatting. It feels as if the food was pre-cooked and just warmed up so that they could concentrate on lunch. We will not be returning"
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "Apart from the convenience for pre-concert dining at Cadogan Hall, The Botanist continues to be one of our favourite restaurants. The menu is always very interesting and changes regularly, quality of the food is excellent making the choice difficult, and service is attentive without being invasive."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "This pub gets really, really busy, but the restaurant is a quiet sanctuary at the back. Good menu with some great seasonal dishes"
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Thank you to The Botanist for such a wonderful visit. I took my partner there for a birthday breakfast last weekend after our regular brunch spot gave us very bad service on our last visit. After searching far and wide for 'the best breakfast in London' I can safely say we have found a new home for our special occasions. I would highly recommend the sweetcorn fritters and the hot chocolate (the most delicious hot chocolate I've ever had). The service couldn't have been better and they even surprised my partner with a complimentary 'happy birthday' plate of fruit and chocolates. Overall, a wonderful morning."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Our choices of burger and mussels were unadventurous but they were nicely done... Peach millefueille was nice if a bit sweet. Service and pace as ever were great and well looked after - thank you!"
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "We had a family dinner with our grandsons. Nice atmosphere for them-crowded City- but perhaps a bit much for us oldies. That said a good meal with one exception (later). THe starters were excellent. Whitebait was crisp and tasty. Main courses- Dory was very nice: Sole nicely cooked. Boys enjoyed their Burgers. Puddings were OK but for sorbet which was totally lacking in any taste at all. Shame because it was well outside the rest. THat said they removed from the bill which was appreciated. We would go again. Expensive for us country dwellers but not London."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service recovered well from a mistake. The waiter did not put our breakfast order in, and when this came to light he made sure we were served quickly and did not charge us for all the purchases. Lovely place for a relaxed weekend brunch."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "It was as if we did not exist. Will not be going back."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Dined during a busy lunch service on Tuesday 1st July - the interior of the restaurant was fairly warm but with all the large windows open, there was a constant breeze which really helped. We had two courses and shared a dessert as well as sampled a couple of cocktails. Everything was presented well and tasted great [except the mille feuille which had collapsed sideways on the plate by the time it reached our table, and the fruit component was a little bit hard]. I'd definitely go again but probably choose a different dessert...or have another cocktail instead! I'd recommend the tuna carpaccio started and the toretellini main as standout dishes. Also the Garden Sling cocktail was perfect for the weather."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "The waiter took away our drink before it was finished. I was then told that I did not know what med-rare looked like for a rib eye steak (I eat out at least 3 times a week and often have rib eye). My collegueagues recieved their food 30 minutes before mine arrived (though I was told it would take 5). I would never recommend this restaurant esp when there are so many options close by. Even Cote is better and that is saying something!"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "I have been to The Botanist many times over the years and it continues to deliver. It is of course in a more expensive part of town and therefore prices are higher even though the food is not proportionately more exciting. But you pay partly for the location and the atmosphere, which are both lovely on a sunny Sunday afternoon when you're out and about on the Kings Road and looking for somewhere to rest your feet and enjoy a light lunch."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "The Botanist is in a very convenient location and full of 'beautiful people'. Ambience was great and we had a wonderful waiter. Menu and drinks are overpriced but I guess in line with the location. Food was very good, we had the fish with clam sauce and the mussels (great portion). The bread was delicious."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "Overpriced and poorly executed salade- a non event for £15 - patchy service. Tthe restaurant is so tidly packed with tables that getting in and out of your benchseat is a struggle. Bar area looking a bit tired."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "I took my mother and daughter to The Botanist for a mid week lunch. They ordered mussels and wiener schnitzel both of which were presented well and the portion size represented the price. However, I chose the goats cheese salad and was disappointed. There was one segment of orange and 3 small cheese balls on a pile of baby salad leaves- the making, preparation and presentation of this dish does not represent its price. Service was attentive and I would go back there."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I booked a night in a hotel on Pimlico Road and thought Sloane Square would be ideal for our dinner. We were right! The Botanist is right on the Square and, even with the windows wide open and people sat outside enjoying their drinks, the atmosphere was personal and intimate. The food was delicious (would recommend ordering a side to share, we ordered one each and had too much) and our waiter was chatty and attentive."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "I brought my father who was visiting from out of town for a nice catch up dinner on a Friday night. The dining room served more as an extension of the cocktail/bar area rather than as a dining area and we could barely hear each other talk. I appreciate that it's a busy venue on a Friday night, but the dining room really shouldn't have spill over from the bar, it makes for a lousy dining experience. Also, my fish (the cod) was flavourless and made my throat itchy! The smoked salmon was lovely and our waiter was very attentive and polite."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "Have eaten there many times when shopping in the city always great. On Saturday after day shopping with my daughter in law had great meal with great service from a delightful young Frenchman,only downside was our bottle of champagne was not cold enough when first served which we had in the bar. Great ambiance buzzy atmosphere."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Excellent, but very noisy. Service is friendly, very correct. Menú is superb. Esplendid location. Noise..."
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "great food, but don't go if you want a quiet evening, or even to be able to hear the conversation of your dinner partner; they really need to do something about the acoustics: all hard surfaces don't work "
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "Took my mum for dinner after chelsea flower show , the service was spot on as we didnt have much time because of our train back , the food was delicious and good portions , it was very bustly and busy in the bar but we thought it had a great atmosphere."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "We had an excellent lunch after the flower show which unfortunately was completely ruined by the nasty nasty chocolate served with coffee. I am not being fussy it was so bad it it left a sh## taste that lasted for hours . Real shame."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "superb breakfast. Very attentive service. Great value for money"
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to eat here. Has a good buzz about it. Good choice of dishes and wine. Service variable but this time excellent. Hard edges everywhere make it a bit noisy."
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "I booked for Brunch as my daughter and I were on a flying day trip from Newcastle and couldn't fit in lunch with shopping and a matinee show on our agenda! The staff were courteous pleasant and extremely friendly, with a special touch of 'Happy Birthday Chocys' with our bill... Many thanks, we'll definitely be returning soon."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "Brunch was lovely. We went from having four waiting staff asking us whether we had ordered drinks to then waiting 20 mins for a grapefruit juice. Very attractive and polite staff but could be better trained. "
    dined on 11/05/2014
  • "I think this place is alright but would not necessarily go again. Convenient if you're going to the theatre next door."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "For a breakfast meeting via commute to work via Victoria, The Botanist is a great option. Warm welcome, quick and polite service, decent coffee, I would recommend as an alternative to staying closer to Victoria station if you need a breakfast meeting on way in to work/wherever via Victoria. "
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "It is too noisy in the restaurant and it is hard to have a proper conversation. The service was ok but the waiter was surly and the food nothing special. A bit bland and unmemorable."
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "Friendly staff made for a relaxing atmosphere, wine selection was superb and just the right ambience for quiet conversation. Food was well presented and tasty only downside they have stopped putting tables outside, which limits the people watching opportunities"
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Very good restaurant,excellent and tasty food .good service,very nice waiters . will go back for another special occasion."
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "Went here for a 40th Birthday brunch and had the most delicious mussels, sides and wine. A great cheeseboard and a wonderful waiter. Highly reccommended!"
    dined on 29/04/2014
  • "We had a superb special of lamb served four ways. The service was excellent and it made our stay in London a memorable one! I recommend this restaurant highly. "
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Music far far too loud. Lighting so dim could not read tiny print on menu --- could use larger print or more light! Really, the thumping of the music in the bar spoiled an otherwise lovely evening."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Very nice ambiance and good vegetarian choice menù. Great service. I'll come back for sure!"
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal with a friend on Saturday. We booked 2:00pm for late lunch and restaurant really busy but service was prompt and with a smile. Shared whitebait which was delicious and fish very fresh and lots of taste. I had the mussels from Shetland which were delicious. My friend had the burger which she said was really tasty. Will return and would highly recommend."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Delicious food, good service - resulting in a lunch which was enjoyed by both ourselves and our guests - so much so that we left in a rush as the afternoon had run away with us. Tables were far enough apart to have a sensible business discussion."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "Nicely located next to Sloane Square station this restaurant has good food with a good service. Slightly over priced for the food that they serve however that is what to be expected for that part of London. If you want good food in a nice location go here."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Service was faultless. Our waiter was just fab. Helpful, friendly, generous and tactful. Food was great. Quick, easy and elegant. Do it again in a heartbeat."
    dined on 03/04/2014