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Hans Town was the old name of Sloane Square SW1. Sir Hans Sloane was an 18th-century Irish doctor who owned land in the area. Henry Holland Snr. and Henry Holland Jnr. were the architects who designed the square in 1771.
One of two notable buildings at Sloane Square is Peter Jones department store. The flourishing business started as a small draper’s shop owned by Peter Rees Jones in 1871. The present construction, designed by Reginald Uren in 1936, is the first building in Britain that featured a curtain wall. It is for this reason that this building is now a Grade II listed building in the UK.
Royal Court Theater is a grade II listed building established in 1870. Notable productions include Look Back in Anger, The Rocky Horror Show, The Seagull, and Posh.
Another showplace of the square is The Venus Fountain located in the heart of Sloane Square. Designed by Gilbert Ledward, the sculptor, the fountain was constructed in 1953 and became a grade II listed place in 2006.
One of the landmarks of Sloane Square SW1 is Sloane Square Hotel. Most famous guests include The Beatles who also used the hotel for a photo shoot and an interview. It was at this hotel where Beatles member, Paul McCartney, met Jane Asher who would later become his muse.
This small hard-landscaped square situated at the intersection of Sloane Street and Kings Road borders on three districts of the Central London – Chelsea, Belgravia, and Knightsbridge.
The two largest and most beautiful aristocratic estates in London, the Grosvenor Estate and the Cadogan are neighboring the Sloane Square.
The other notable building is the Royal Court Theatre. It was founded in 1870 under the name The New Chelsea Theatre, later known also as the Belgravia Theatre. First opened in 1888 under its present name, it became a significant part of the English Stage Company in 1956. The Royal Court Theatre is a Grade II listed building since 1972.