The Cadogan Hotel
What We Love
- Within walking distance of leafy Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and South Kensington’s museums
- Classic British cuisine served at the Cadogan Bar
- Traditional afternoon tea in the oak-paneled drawing room
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Superior Double Rooms are a compact 182 square feet
- Access to a private garden on Cadogan Place
- Continental breakfast costs $27 per person, and full English breakfast costs $43 per person
- Free WiFi
An elegant townhouse hotel brimming with Edwardian appeal, the Cadogan has a central SW1 postcode that puts you in possibly the classiest part of town — sandwiched between ritzy Knightsbridge, quietly wealthy South Kensington and Sloane Square (an area so posh its name has become a synonym for young aristocratic types). The genteel atmosphere in the hotel, meanwhile, evokes the sophistication of days gone by. A great base for anyone looking to get to the (gold-plated) heart of the capital, the Cadogan avoids the en vogue contemporary look and sticks to its roots with a grand portico entrance, oak-paneled walls, wingback chairs and low chandeliers.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s famed past hangs heavy in the hallways. It was here that Lillie Langtry courted the future King Edward VII in the 19th century, and later, in Room 118, that Oscar Wilde awaited his arrest for “gross indecency.” Today that famous suite bears the playwright’s name, but all of the 64 guestrooms and suites have unique features. On the lower floors, Superior Double Rooms have a pattern-heavy, feminine look, while Deluxe Doubles offer more space and garden or street views. The spacious suites can accommodate families, with large sitting areas in Junior Suites and completely separate living rooms in the One Bedroom Suites. All have LCD TVs, WiFi (included in the rate) and top-notch toiletries from Plantation in the bathrooms.
Tuck into a traditional afternoon tea in the grand Edwardian dining room, complete with velvet chairs, a Carrara marble Louis XIV fireplace and dozens of flickering candles. The Cadogan Bar serves an impressive selection of English wines and classic British dishes (beer battered fish and chips, shepherd’s pie). Although there’s a fully equipped gym, you’re more likely to build up an appetite with a day of shopping and sightseeing. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and the museums of South Kensington. For shoppers, the King’s Road and the irresistible Harrods and Harvey Nichols are all nearby.
In the Area
Three of London’s most iconic museums are within easy reach: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They’re all free to enter seven days a week and open until 10:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. Built in 1871 for Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, the Royal Albert Hall is a grand concert venue with a domed roof, tiered seating and fantastic acoustics. The eclectic lineup includes big name stars as well as quirkier acts such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Pick up posh treats at Harrods’ opulent food hall. Fill your basket with fancy teas and biscuits and browse the impressive deli counters. Dining highlights include Ladurée, for Parisian macarons, a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and a steakhouse where you can preselect a cut from the in-store butcher. Head to the Saatchi Gallery for a contemporary art fix. Housed in the former Duke of York’s HQ on Chelsea’s King’s Road, this vast 70,000-square-foot art space features modern art exhibitions that change every three months. Entrance is free seven days a week.
How to Get There
I was upgraded to a lovely quiet room on the ground floor--roomy, comfortable bed! there is a new restaurant in the hotel called "Hans" that is terrific---very good and I ate there several times even though there are lots of good restaurants in the area.
Hotel staff is friendly and welcoming but the icing on the cake was when they called to alert me that I had left jewelry in the safe and said "not to worry" --that they would take care of getting it back to me in the United States...and they did! that is over the top! very grateful for this great service!
I will definitely return--it is a really special hotel!
If it wasn’t for the big flag outside you could easily miss this hotel, just two minutes walk from Sloane Square and the Kings Road.
We were super lucky to be upgraded to a beautiful room on the third floor, and although you’d be forgiven for thinking you were staying at a fine gentleman’s residence rather than a hotel the ever helpful staff were never far away.
I’m usual a big fan of up market modern hotels such as the Accor Pullman’s, but think I might be a convert to the more relaxed understated approach from now on!
When I was a little girl I imagined every hotel in London would look like this one....with it's large burgundy flag flying high outside and the eloquent doorman eagerly awaiting to take your bags, first impressions are 5 star.
Quintessentially British, and steeped in History this hotel made you feel like you were privy to something very special.
Famously frequented by the beautiful Lily Langtry - it was easy to see this hotel was a very 'royal affair'. We also had the pleasure of being shown room 118 - where Oscar Wilde was arrested (and gave me goose bumps) before being taken to our own suite which was even more spacious and airy.
The room was decorated very traditionally, and had mostly antique dark wooden furniture. If you love modern and contemporary this might not suit you. Interestingly, the lounge area downstairs is bright and much more modern, (and served the best bloody Mary's). I absolutely loved the feel to our room though, and felt it represented exactly what I'd imagine the hotel to be like.
Finally the staff, who were totally on the ball - and greeted you everytime you came into the hotel. One lovely doorman even ran after me with an umbrella as it had started to spot with rain - a true gentleman and very thoughtful. His kindness and consideration just reflects everything this hotel poses to be. I look forward to returning soon.
A weekend in london. Hotel clean with friendly helpful staff. Enjoyed the spa facilities..nice location and nice rooms. Although on a very busy road it wasn't noisy at all. Only downfall is our room had what looked like a small balcony with French doors, but these doors were locked shut
Hadn't booked, just called in whilst passing looking a tad scruffy and amazingly, treated with the utmost of courtesy.
Seriously wonderfully 'old school' and given a traditionally perfect room, far better than I am used to. Very comfortable bar even had Real Ale which was a surprise and dinner just superb.
Had reservations about the bill next morning, but on a value for money basis, was not
that surprised! Next time in London with my wife for a special occasion, will definitely be staying again.