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.
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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!