11 Cadogan Gardens
What We Love
- Eccentric, no-method-to-this-madness mélange of styles in the guest rooms
- Plenty of places to relax, from the small library to the bright lounge and warm conservatory
- Guest access to the beautiful private gardens opposite the hotel
- Rabbit warren layout – the place is big, but feels cozy
What To Know
- The property still has the feel of a private members club rather than a hotel – staff are happy to help, but you have to ask them, rather than expect them to anticipate your every query
- The extreme variation of style through the public areas and the guestrooms won’t be to everyone’s taste
- The corridors and staircase are extremely dark, though the rooms are flooded with light
- Free WiFi
Tucked just round the corner from posh Sloane Square, and within walking distance of Knightsbridge, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens is a London hotel like no other, a former private members club that still carries that rarefied, members-only atmosphere. Head up the gloriously fusty, painting-heavy staircase and along dark, Gothic corridors towards to heavy wooden doors that open into one of 54 airy, stylish bedrooms (some have garden views). Every room is different here, and it’s this individuality that makes it one of the capital’s most enchanting stays.
In the Area
Sloane Square— the place so posh that “Sloane” is shorthand for “upper crust”—is an incongruous setting for the Royal Court Theatre, which produces some of the UK’s finest new writing. Caryl Churchill, Joe Orton, David Hare and Christopher Hampton all cut their teeth here. The area around Sloane Square is packed with tiny, traditional pubs that eschew gastropub food and serve Scotch eggs and pork pies. The Antelope is a friendly place to start. At the end of the street is Peter Jones, department store extraordinaire to the well-heeled and a microcosm of Middle-to-Upper England. Drop in for a browse and look out for the likes of Kate Middleton and her friends. Knightsbridge—shopping heaven—is also just five-minute walk away, while the King’s Road is at the back of the hotel and Elizabeth Street in Belgravia has lots of gourmet food stores. The best Sunday roast in the area is at the Thomas Cubitt, on Elizabeth Street. Arrive early to beat the crowds, and start with an eye-opener cocktail.
How to Get There
Luxurious surrounds, attentive staff and such a friendly and caring experience, I shall be back. Every little detail was thought of and catered for. I am so glad I found this hotel and will put it at teh top of my list for the future.
terrible restaurant, poor menu, poor and scruffy staff, very noisy, does not match the elegance of the hotel, very rushed, food just OK, nowhere 5* rating it should be, not sure how a hotel gets 5*s with such a poor restaurant
We stayed overnight at this hotel in a Cadogan suite. When we arrived, there was no one to greet us or direct us to check in, so we had to find someone. The concierge then showed us to our room, allowing us to carry our own bags.
The suite was very disappointing for the price. If you want a great suite, try The Zetter or Batty Langley or The Rookery- all the same price and far far superior.
We went to the bar and they forgot half our order.
We ordered room service for breakfast and they rang back twice as they could not understand our order- one cooked breakfast (we ended up with 2) and yogurt! Not that hard. When it arrived it was still wrong.
Great location for Chelsea but otherwise, little to recommend it.