Since the historic Cadogan Hotel closed its doors to the last of its guests in July 2014, it has undergone a £39-million renovation under the scrupulous eye of luxury hotel group Belmond as part of their global collection of luxury hotels and travel experiences, and is set to open its doors once again on February 28th 2019.
Built in 1887, The Cadogan has played an integral role in the social history of the Kensington and Chelsea area. Oscar Wilde was notoriously arrested there 1895, an incident which inspired The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel, the poem by Sir John Betjeman who happened to be among those present at the arrest.
Lillie Langtree, once the lover of kings and princes, is a former resident. After she sold her house at 21 Pont Street in 1885 and it was absorbed into the Cadogan Hotel, she would stay in her old bedroom. In fact, she was so attached to the rooms that her ghost is said to haunt her old living quarters.
The Cadogan Estate funded the redevelopment, working in partnership with Belmond and Blair Associates Architects on the complete refurbishment the Cadogan, reducing the number of rooms to accommodate demand from luxury travellers for larger rooms and suites from 64 to 54, with a night starting from £470, B&B.
The hotel is comprised of five adjoining townhouses and has retained its characteristic Queen Anne Revival–style architecture and original design elements like working fireplaces, mosaic floors, and original old wood paneling, and new elements drawing inspiration from the hotel’s architectural character and rich heritage, as well as the surrounding neighbourhood, creating a stylish retreat and meeting place for international visitors and the local community.
Luxury furnishings, huge baths with reading stands to encourage lingering soak, and its unique history make the Cadogan utterly perfect for a romantic visit or prolonged stay in the heart of London’s most beautiful neighbourhood and guests will be classified as Cadogan Estate residents for the duration of their stay, meaning privileged access to the private Cadogan Place gardens, one of Chelsea’s largest garden squares and formerly the site of the 18th-century London Botanic Gardens.
And the new restaurant will make the address just as appealing to Londoners. Sensational rising star Adam Handling, lauded for his Frog restaurants in Covent Garden and Hackney, is in command of the kitchen at his eponymous restaurant, where he will employ a sustainable and no-waste approach to his menu of British cuisine, and create a special afternoon tea that will include sweet treats prepared in the in-house bakery.
As for the seductively decorated bar, with its entrance on the corner of Sloane Street and Pont Street, it promises to become a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike, with classic cocktails served by skilled bartenders.
Cadogan Hotel, 75 Sloane St, Chelsea, SW1X 9SG.