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Belmond Cadogan Hotel

75 Sloane St, Chelsea, London SW1X 9SG, UK
+44 20 7048 7141
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Belmond Cadogan Hotel London

What we love: A modern-British hideaway just off Sloane Square

The Highlights:
--Intimate, residential feel
--Gourmet eats from one of London’s rising star chefs
--Access to the private Cadogan Place Gardens and other “residents-only” perks

The Review:
Over the last 130 years or so, the five red brick Queen Ann Revival townhouses that make-up this revived Knightsbridge/ Chelsea-area hotel have pretty much seen it all, from the comings and goings of an American actress/ royal mistress (whose former home now makes up part of the property) to the arrest of writer Oscar Wilde, who frequented room 118 of the original Cadogan Hotel, which opened in 1887. Following four years and $48 million of renovations, the luxe Belmond brand launched this new Cadogan incarnation—its first hotel in London—in early-2019, filling the spaces with nods to the buildings’ history while also ensuring modern-day travelers aren’t in a time-warp. The initial impressions are all classically British, with bowler hat-topped doormen, a fireplace-equipped library, and decadent afternoon tea served in an elegant tea room. Many of the 54 accommodations—of which two-thirds are suites—also have fireplaces or other original architectural touches, but the design mixes nods to the Victorian heritage with things like chic furnishings, on-point technology (including TVs in the bathrooms), and bottle cocktails in the mini-bars. Rising star chef Adam Handling brings his sustainably-minded (and often playful) Modern British culinary philosophy to his eponymous on-site restaurant (he also oversees the afternoon tea and light bites served in the lounge), while the clubby bar serves creative cocktails and high-end spirits—but seems made for classic G&Ts. With its intimate atmosphere and residential feel, the hotel wants guests to feel like locals, so to that end, it offers each guest perks typically afforded only to Cadogan Estate residents, like access to the private Cadogan Place Gardens and tennis courts (as well as preferred status are key galleries and museums.) You’ll also get a key to a more discreet side street entrance to the townhouse—so you can pretend like you actually live here.