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 excited to come here after the refurbishment & we decided to come for pre-drinks on my wife’s birthday, My wife pass’s each day on her way to work in central London & was also curious...
We had no complaints the service in general, the new interior was excellently designed and you walk past the open kitchen into the restaurant, good as I have previously been in hospitality for 30yrs, I was curious to visit the restaurant...
The only negative as a friend pointed out when I mentioned it to them recently and I have to agree, was the price of the virgin cocktail or non-alcoholic cocktail....
How can they charge the same price as my cocktail with alcohol.....?
My Mojito was a sugar syrup as opposed to grinding the sugar with the limes and mint so not the original one/style so in my opinion not so tasty...
This wouldn’t stop me coming back to the restaurant and for a drink in the future but we certainly wouldn’t be having non-alcoholic cocktails...
The Belmond Cadogan Hotel in London is now our favorite hotel in the world. Seldom have we experienced such an outstanding combination of location, room design, staff, and dining options. The hotel is in Chelsea within a ten minute taxi ride to the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall, the Mayfair shopping district, Trafalgar Square and many fine restaurants. The location was perfect for our couples holiday. Have you ever stayed in a hotel room and thought "I wish the thermostat or shower were easier to adjust, I wish there were more drawers and a more spacious closet, more counter space in the bathroom, or more convenient lighting controls and charging stations? Whoever designed the rooms at this newly remodeled hotel knew exactly what travelers need. Every staff person was friendly and gracious. By the second day, they all knew our names. Jamie and Toro, the concierges, made every arrangement we requested and offered helpful and detailed guidance. The Adam Handling Restaurant far exceeded our expectations: variety, flavor and presentation of the food and attentiveness of the servers were great. To top it off, the hotel is filled with beautiful paintings by contemporary British artists. London is an expensive vacation destination. But we didn't mind paying for the excellence of accommodation that contributed so much to the pleasure of our experience. We look forward to returning again and again.
I’m writing this review whilst finishing my afternoon tea at the Belmond Cadogan. I’ve been to nearly all the five star hotels in London (Claridges being my regular hotel) and I can honestly say that this hotel ranks amongst the best! I didn’t feel rushed at any stage of my stay and the staff were wonderful. My dietary request was met, sandwiches fresh as were the scones and the ambiance excellent. I’ve been to this hotel many times in the past (before the renovations) and this is a vast improvement. Excellent!