20 March 2019
Inside The New Belmond Cadogan Hotel : Where History meets Modern Luxury
75 Sloane Street is an address rich in history and heritage. Having played host to countless socialites, artists and aristocrats over the years, the building has seen its fair share of glamour and intrigue – and even the occasional scandal. So when we were presented with the opportunity to look around the hotels multi-million-pound renovation not long after it’s launch earlier this month, we simply jumped at the chance.
Drawing inspiration from the buildings beautiful architectural character as well as that of the surrounding neighbourhood and the hotels own rich history, The Belmond Cadogan seeks to blend the spirits of Chelsea and Knightsbridge – it sits nestled between the two – creating a new kind of luxury hotel that is informed by both tradition and modernity.
The grand entrance on Sloane Street, where a suited & booted doorman beams his greeting, leads into the beautifully airy lobby, complete with pleasantly crackling fireplace, intricate mosaic floor and a grand wood-carved staircase that leads on up to the hotels 54 rooms & suites. At the foot of the staircase sits the elegant tea-lounge which continues the hotels fashionable tradition of providing sanctuary (and piping hot tea!) to visitors, much as it did to many a supermodel or socialite in the 1980’s. The room transforms into an atmospheric residents lounge by night.
Moving through the hotels evocative bar, which can also be accessed via its own entrance on Sloane Street, we arrive at the Cadogan’s restaurant, where guests enjoy both beautifully restored classic architecture and the inventive, best of british creations served out of Chef Patron, Adam Handling’s open kitchen.
The hotel proudly celebrates British design, culture & eccentricity throughout and is replete with playful nods to it’s heritage; everything from the staff uniforms, modelled as they are on the fashions of 1960’s King’s Road, to Oscar, the Swarovski-clad peacock proudly standing guard at the entrance to Adam Handling’s dining room – Oscar Wilde that is, who lived in what is now room 118, where he was famously arrested in 1895. The walls are adorned with over 400 original artworks by British artists, many specially commissioned, and the team plan to curate an ongoing series of literary and cultural gatherings throughout the year. The Cadogan it seems is once more taking it’s place at the point where London’s cultural and social worlds converge.
The residents’ rooms and suites too exude charm, with in-room libraries curated by John Sandoe, a family-run bookshop in Chelsea, and mini-bars stuffed with bespoke cocktails (courtesy of the aforementioned Adam Handling) and ‘truffled popcorn’. Beyond such thoughtful touches, many of suites also offer views over Cadogan Gardens (to which residents are given access), working fireplaces and luxuriously deep freestanding baths in generous marble bathrooms. The rooms blend classic British charm with a modern elegance, offsetting striking original artworks and bold motifs with luxurious neutral fabrics.
“The Cadogan Hotel has a colourful history (…) and a wonderful future” comments Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan who are responsible for the restoration. Hugh, we’re inclined to agree.
All Photo Credits to Belmond