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The Botanist
Venue says: "If you are lucky enough to be catching a show at Cadogan Hall then we will treat you to a special discounted rate on our pre-theatre menu."
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Sloane Square’s Botanist is one of the upmarket ventures of gastropub-meisters the ETM Group, the force behind the Gun, the Well and other fashionable venues. In accordance with the location, however, it eschews any pubbiness in favour of a cocktail-bar-cum-restaurant feel.

Shining metalwork and creamy leather dominate in the buzzy bar, while tall windows and subtle lighting make the dining room an airy, comfortable space, artfully decorated with images of botanical specimens. Service was bright and charming.

The menu makes an appealing read, and our meal was, well, pleasant, yet nothing more: the kind of thing you’d expect in any half-decent gastropub, but at a substantially higher price. Fresh asparagus came with a ‘vinaigrette’ that was really a bland herb dressing, while a prawn and herb cocktail – one of a few retro-Brit favourites on the list – was, again, inoffensive, but served too cold. Duck confit with bacon and puy lentils had decent flavour, and a rather potato-heavy salmon fishcake with spinach and beurre blanc was unexceptionally enjoyable too.

The hefty flash-the-cash wine list adds substantially to the bill, although prices don’t seem to deter the area’s recession-proof clientele.

 

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Botanist says
Chic, elegant and ever so stylish – stepping foot into The Botanist on Sloane Square, Chelsea will make you feel that little bit like royalty. From the botanical images thoughtfully dispersed around this refined venue, to the magnificent selection of seasonal cocktails and the well-groomed waiters at your beck and call – every aspect of The Botanist screams character and taste. And that’s before you even open the menu.

Glorious floor to ceiling windows, creamy leather upholstery and subtle lighting make for a bright and positive ambiance perfect for any occasion – and if you enjoy people-watching then you’ve undeniably struck gold. Sit and watch the world go by whilst sipping on a signature champagne cocktail out on the buzzing street terrace. For a more intimate party, an area known better as ‘the snug’ can be privately hired and a bespoke canapé menu designed personally for your group.
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Venue name: Botanist
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Address: 7 Sloane Square
London
SW1W 8EE
Opening hours: Breakfast served 8-11.30am Mon-Fri; 9-11.30am Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat, Sun. Tea served 3.30-6pm, dinner served 5.30-10.45pm daily
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square tube
Price: Main courses £15-£46. Set dinner (5.30-6.30pm, 10-10.45pm) £21 2 courses, £26 3 courses

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Joseph Miller

Charming staff! Great food! I tripped over whilst walking outside the botanist and was helped up by the manager on duty whose name was Karen I believe. I took a seat inside to check my ankle out and she returned with a complimentary coffee. It's the little things! I stayed on too have Lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! Will definetley be returning to The Botanist to enjoy more food and more friendly service from managers and staff.

Sara

My husband and I popped in to The Botanist last night for a quick bite to eat. What was going to be a main course and a glass of wine turned into a three course extravaganza with after dinner cocktails (not unusual for us!). My dinner was lovely with scallops to start, steak for main and crème brulee to finish. Not cheap but then again so is nowhere in Chelsea!

Magggie

I went to the Botanist for the first time this week, and it was a poor, poor experience|! This was a Wednesday evening, and even though we had a reservation, we didn't get seated until 40 minutes later. The service was incredibly slow, in fact our waiter ignored us to the fact that I had to get up twice, once to remind him we we were waiting for bread, and the second time to ask if we could order our mains. I ordered the Wiener Schnitzel, and the meat was so chewy that I left half of it on my plate. Sorry, but the Botanist is completely overrated, and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody!

Hannah Kumari

Popped into the Botanist for a quick after dinner cocktail and was very impressed! I went for the Kings Road Buchaneer as I love rum and it was delicious. My friend decided on the espresso martini and said it was equally as good. Will definitely go back!

EHS

Loved dinner at The Botanist on Monday. Super slick service, amazing food. Really fun atmosphere. Can't wait till the next time and will be having cocktails in the bar too!

Jonny Wright

Love the cocktails at the Botanist. Just amazing. The bar is always buzzing with beautiful women!

Catherine

I absolutely love visiting The Botanist. The friendly attentive service and buzzing atmosphere make the place so inviting. And the food is delicious, the fish cakes are a personal favourite!

Ann

Quite disappointed by my last meal here, since I was going to the Cadogan Hall with my partner and we wanted a nice dinner before we thought we should give it a try. We could have had better service at a kebabs place. Firstly, even they were almost empty they played hard to get in, once seated water was brought to the table promptly, unfortunately we can't say the same for any server, we had to wait well over 20 minutes and it wasn't until my partner called one of the many wandering servers who seemed lost on the floor that we were able to order. Two tables next to us were served way before even though we were there half an hour before them. Food was nothing amazing and we had zero contact from any server to ask for more drinks or even if our food was OK. Given the fact that they weren't even busy and yet we had such a lousy service, I'd never recommend it.