The historic estate shaping a 21st-century Chelsea
Cadogan is a property manager, investor and developer with a 300-year history that informs its dynamic and modern approach to estate management.
The Estate’s 93 acres span an area that encompasses Chelsea and Knightsbridge. One of London’s best-loved neighbourhoods, Chelsea has a rich cultural heritage as a haven for artists, authors, musicians and designers, from Dante Gabriel Rossetti to The Rolling Stones.
Turner and Whistler both settled here to paint the picturesque riverside (the latter also founded the raffish Chelsea Arts Club), while writers who made their homes here include Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula.
Thanks in large part to Cadogan’s long-term commitment to the management and success of the area, Chelsea remains a hive of world-class artistic endeavour, home to major institutions of contemporary theatre, art and music, among them the ground-breaking Royal Court theatre and the celebrated Cadogan Hall, which Cadogan converted from a dilapidated church in 2000, creating a subsidised home for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The area is also renowned for its unique mix of international flagship designer stores, independent boutiques, high-end restaurants, cultural attractions, iconic hotels and stunning houses, all set against a backdrop of elegant streets and beautiful green spaces. Stewardship and community are the watchwords of the Estate: both the family and the company take an active interest in its welfare.
Over the years the Cadogan family has donated land and buildings around Chelsea for schools, social housing, churches, the Town Hall, fire station and a hospital. Duke of York Square was the first new public square to be opened in London for a century as a massive undertaking to redevelop Ministry of Defence land and buildings. The square now hosts a fantastic selection of shops and restaurants, alongside a weekly Fine Food Market. The project also created a new home for the Saatchi Gallery. One of the most recent developments was the creation of a gourmet food haven on Pavilion Road, tucked away behind Sloane Square, where you can find fresh coffee, fruit and vegetables, artisan bread baked in-store, a family butcher, cheesemonger and a fine wine shop, all independently owned.
Chelsea has also become the epicentre of high-end London shopping. Originally commissioned by Charles, 1st Earl Cadogan in the 18th century, Sloane Street has evolved into one of the world’s most exclusive retail destinations.
Here, impressive flagship stores – including designers Tom Ford, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Chloé, Emilia Wickstead and Giorgio Armani – line a high-fashion catwalk stretching from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square. In partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, an enhancement of Sloane Street’s public area is proposed, which will give it wider pavements and a greener, even more elegant streetscape. For 300 years, Cadogan has been at the heart of Chelsea, contributing to a vibrant and inspiring area. Over the next 300, Cadogan aims to encourage its evolution, while preserving the rich heritage and identity that make the area so unique.
THE CADOGAN ESTATE 10 DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, LONDON, SW3 4LY +44 (0)20 7730 45
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