Once the playground for London socialites and bohemians like Oscar Wilde and Lillie Langtry, the legendary Cadogan Hotel, which first opened in 1887, has now been reincarnated. Perched midway between Chelsea and Knightsbridge, at the junction of Sloane and Pont streets, the property, which has been entirely rebuilt, now incorporates a former bank on the corner and, of course, the home of Langtry, which she sold to the hotel in 1895 and that now serves as the private entrance to hotel guests.
The 54 rooms and suites are filled out in a fresh palette of calm neutrals: royal blue and mustard yellow accents in rich materials like velvet, silk, wood and marble, and plush finishes from padded headboards to textured, panelled walls. Above each bed is a statement painting that takes its cues from the nearby Cadogan Place Gardens and the room in which Oscar Wilde was arrested, in 1895, now serves as part of the Royal Suite.
As part of the Belmond group service at the hotel is as expected: intuitive and professional. The doormen in their bright red overcoats summon taxis with the click of a finger and the concierge team – a few previously from The Savoy – rustle up restaurant reservations at short notice.
Overlooking the huge private Cadogan Place Gardens to which guests get exclusive access, escape the bustle of London and take a stroll, have a picnic or play on the tennis courts. Following that with a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where chef Adam Handling serves up elevated fresh and seasonal British fare, is a must.
Belmond Cadogan pairs the sparkle of Knightsbridge with the exclusive artistic vibe of Chelsea. This, along with the brand’s signature sumptuousness, service, exclusivity and immersive experiences, means you get to experience London at its ultimate best.
Date visited: April 2019