The Cadogan – Chelsea, SW1
A stand out on Sloane Street, The Cadogan’s sleek and glamorous good looks may recall well-heeled neighbouring Knightsbridge, but its many literary and artistic accents mean that boho Chelsea is in here too. There’s bold checked uniforms that reference Mary Quant, books and author talks curated by beloved Chelsea bookshop John Sandoe, specially commissioned art from young artists, and recollections of Oscar Wilde (famously arrested here) and his friend Lillie Langtry, whose adjacent house now forms a private entrance for hotel guests and a dining room of the restaurant. This is the domain of celebrated chef Adam Handling, who presides over a mouth-watering menu of modern yet imaginative British cuisine. The Cadogan first opened in 1887, but a recent makeover means bedrooms and suites are stylish yet homely, all velvet, silk, wood, marble and chrome, with circular tables that double as desks and statement paintings from female British artists. They took their inspiration from the private gardens opposite – and so can you, for guests get keys, a wonderful perk.
Doubles from £530
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