New this year in all but name, the Cadogan first opened in 1887. It stands in Sloane Street, midway between Chelsea and Knightsbridge and while its sleek and glamorous good looks may recall well- heeled Knightsbridge, its many literary and artistic accents mean that boho Chelsea is here too: in bold check 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 Chef Patron Adam Handling, who presides over classic yet imaginative English cuisine. The 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 artists. They took their inspiration from the private gardens opposite – and so can you, for guests get keys: a wonderful perk.
Guests of Belmond Cadogan Hotel can access the private Cadogan Place Gardens opposite the hotel, or Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanical garden, is a short walk away.
Dine at Adam Handling Chelsea, serving contemporary British in the heart of Chelsea, located in Belmond Cadogan Hotel. Classic cocktails with a modern twist are served in the Bar, the design inspired by some of the building’s illustrious historical occupants.
Visit John Sandoe Books on Blacklands Terrace, just off the Kings Road. This family-run business is Chelsea’s most loved bookshop and in-room libraries curated in partnership with John Sandoe Books feature in each guest room.