Belmond Cadogan Hotel
What We Love
- An in-house bakery that preps all the treats for the hotel’s gratis breakfast service
- The reading stand—with a dedicated champagne flute holder—in guest bathtubs
- The hotel’s grand library, stocked with 600 tomes
- Contemporary art from up-and-coming female artists in each of the 54 guest rooms
What To Know
- The hotel’s former incarnation served as Oscar Wilde’s pied-à-terre
- Staff uniforms (crimson overcoats, bold check prints) are inspired by Kings Road’s royal history
- Hotel guests can enter through a private entrance, once the doorway to the residence of British-American socialite Lillie Langtry
- Guests have access to the tennis courts and playground at the neighboring 93-acre Cardogan Estate Gardens
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Five rebooted Queen Anne–style manses with exclusive entry to one of London’s largest garden squares
Preservation and renovation are of equal importance at this stately 57-room hotel, a historical heavyweight and the site of Oscar Wilde’s well-documented 1895 arrest. Today, the reincarnated British icon, following a four-year, $48 million overhaul, showcases a host of 19th-century details such as wood paneling, stained glass windows, and working fireplaces alongside chic Chelsea accents like botanically-minded guest rooms, inspired by their lush and leafy environs. Whimsical flourishes, including a Swarovski crystal-studded peacock in the hotel’s private dining room and green velvet armchairs in the bar, are playful hat-tips to a certain Irish playwright. In contrast, the fine-dining joint captained by Scottish MasterChef Adam Handling is sustainable, sexy (butter-poached king crab; Highland wagyu beef), and decidedly of-the-moment, as is the tea lounge, a stylish setting for house-made crumpets and bottomless cups of English Breakfast that becomes a private residents’ bar after sundown. If you’re hankering for heritage, sprawl out on one of the red leather banquettes at the bar, where classic cocktails, cheese, and charcuterie boards await.
In the Area
The Belmond Cadogan is comfortably sandwiched between London’s two most luxurious areas. Old-money Knightsbridge is synonymous with a duo of world-famous department stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols; nearby Sloane Street makes an opulent home base for designer labels like Prada and Dior, while Maseratis and Ferraris roll the streets. On the other side, there’s Chelsea, equal parts bohemian and business, with a rock-and-rolling past and a cosmopolitan present. Must-see stops here include the Saatchi Gallery, a haven for contemporary art, and the sleek Philippe Starck–designed Taschen bookstore. You can also hang with locals at The Phene, a three-story clubhouse-style pub with a secret garden that dates back to 1853.
How to Get There
Average. Improve the quality of the food and service and delete the music. I wrote this all earlier in the review. What was most upsetting was the loud music that was everywhere. During lunch in the bar I asked if they could turn down the music which they did for about 10 minutes. The club sandwich we had was about the sorriest example for one that I have ever seen. We cancelled our reservation for our return visit to London and are staying elsewhere.
Having seen quite many hotels in almost all cathegories T H I S is it!
perfectly located, freshly renovated, great style and most important: phantastic people!
We arrived from another hotel close by, that was too terrible to stay at. Same day booking was easy, confirmation via email in a few moments, arrival super friendly: front office talked to our kids first ???? and we were brought to our rooms quickly!
dinner and lunch reservations for upcoming days were quickly done by concierge - whow!
Thanks to Mr Neulinger and all other great people who have made our stay so rememberable!
We will come back - 100% - this is our NEW HOME @ LONDON !
We had a quick lunch here in the bar.
Delicious coffee and food!
And thank you to Matt for amazing service! You made our experience! And we loved learning about the concept and all the details you explained to us!