The transformation of The Duke of York Square now makes it a central feature of the Kings Road at Sloane Square. The restaurants have all embraced this little enclave as have the retail units and it has now really come together with a great atmosphere and buzz especially at the weekends when there is a steady flow of fashionista’s to watch as you sip on your cappuccino before embarking on retail therapy yourself. Admidst this is also a cultural opportunity in The Saatchi Gallery.Currently exhibiting here is a collection of memorabilia from the Rolling Stones, backstage and dressing room items as well as interactive activities and films and the exhibition spills over into the Duke of York Square with enormous vividly coloured lips great graphic sculptures to entice you into the gallery.
This magnificent site was sold in 2000 and redeveloped. The building which now houses this gallery was the old Territorial Army base it was originally built by John Sanders in 1801 (he also built the Sandhurst Military Academy). The Old Cavalry is occupied by Garden House School and the old chapel is now a retail outlet for Jigsaw.
Coming up in September 2016 is The Start Art Fair at the The Saatchi Gallery. This is aimed at emerging artists and new art scenes. A selection of galleries from across the globe are invited to showcase their latest talent and young artistic talent. This in turn enables collectors, curators and the general public to discover new up and coming creative talent. I have attended this exhibition for the last two years and it is always a interesting and enlightening collection of works and the international flavour of exhibitors is very refreshing. I recommend a visit. I do have some biase when visiting as my cousin also exhibits here during the Start Art Fair with her team supporting the young and emerging artists of Italy. Studio Pivot