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
What an absolute gem this newly opened hotel is. Belmond is usually associated with excellence and the Belmond Cadogan proves this again & again. Wonderful friendly and very helpful staff and service in every discipline, delightful accommodation with every need satisfied to the very highest of standards. Great bar and lovely gardens to walk in too. Everything in Chelsea & Knightsbridge on the doorstep. Just wonderful. Top quality in every possible way
It seems it’s a new hotel ( new management!) needs some work to boost up its services ! No business center , housekeeping ? Fire alarm was off one day for more than five minuets and all guests were out without finding a person down there at the front desk to guide - IT WAS A FALSE ALARM - no apology received neither verbal nor written!!
As there is no lobby, the bar is usually with RESERVED signs for visitors ( what about residents ?? ) .
Needs some management boosting.
Fantastic weekend, with five stars plus to the concierge - Jamie for his grand efforts especially the tea experience :-)Thank you again! We enjoyed our short stay in beautifully restored & spotless surroundings. Friendly, attentive staff. As mentioned by previous reviewers, breakfast experience could be improved.
All in all a great stay, for our next visit we will definitely consider Belmond Cadogan again. Thank you to the whole team for making our London stay a memorable one.
The hotel has been beautifully refurbished. The staff is very helpful. The garden across the street is beautiful and the tennis courts are immaculate!!! My only complaints are with the breakfast Buffett which was woefully short on variety and the bar. The bar menu is a little over the top and they need to have a better drink selection. Also, the bed in my suite was a little lumpy in the center. My room had a nice little balcony but didn’t have any chairs ! I enjoyed the hotel but don’t think I would stay again..there are much better options for the money.
An excellent choice to stay before setting off on the Belmond British Pullman and avoid the rush hour congestion in the morning or even perhaps on your return.
Many years ago we had Sunday lunch there with some American friends and enjoyed the traditional London Edwardian scene .Now it has undergone a space age transformation. It has been enlarged by taking over a former bank and shirt shop and emerged like a moth many months later from the chrysalis. What a beautiful moth it has become .the rooms are very tastefully furnished and equipped with the latest technology....mood settings for the lights and as for the bathroom all the paraphernalia that goes with heated loo seats. Teenagers could get up to endless mischief!!
At first sight on paper this hotel looks expensive but there are many options on the menus.Breakfast has been quoted at £50 each but you can pick a breakfast for much less the same goes for afternoon tea ....the share of two scones and a pot of tea for two £26 ( formal tea £70ea). Everything is just spotless. The staff are all helpful and cosmopolitan and the hotel is geared to international customers who will appreciate the twenty odd different languages available on the mega room tv.
In modernising the Edwardian flavour has been diluted some what and replaced with international cheque ...well worth sampling . Only one niggle the unexpected service charge added to your bill.