11 Cadogan Gardens – Chelsea, SW3
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Discreet on the outside, dramatic and decadent within, 11 Cadogan Gardens, a member of Relais & Châteaux, is formed of four interconnected Victorian townhouses and was built by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th century. With a fabulous location in such a prestigious area, the hotel became vastly popular as a home for travelling Victorian aristocrats, politicians and bon viveurs. The entrance to this distinctive Chelsea hotel has a sense of theatre with its leather and dark wood panelling and low lighting. The drama continues up the portrait-lined staircase to 56 individually-decorated bedrooms and suites, some opulent and elegant, others more contemporary and feminine. The hotel still has the exclusive feel of the private members’ club it once was; the sophisticated Chelsea Bar can be enjoyed by residents until late and the fabulous gilded Mirror Room is perfect for private events. Its restaurant, Hans’ Bar & Grill, offers an all-day seasonal menu, rooted in British produce. After dining, step out onto Pavilion Road, a wonderful mews street lined with artisan food, and luxury boutiques.
Doubles from £295
+44 (0)20 7730 7000; 11cadogangardens.com