Belmond Cadogan Hotel opens as the brand’s flagship London property following a multi-million-dollar historic renovation. 75 Sloane Street has played host to socialites, artists, and aristocrats throughout history and the stage is now set for a new cast of guests to play their part.
Today, Belmond celebrates the opening with a new film, ‘Cadogan Nights’ featuring a gathering of Chelsea’s most glamourous taste-makers, eccentrics, and bohemian spirits.
With a storied past full of glamour, intrigue, and at times, scandal, Belmond Cadogan Hotel is the place where London’s cultural and social calendars converge. From literary gatherings to curated art collections, the next act of this legendary hotel promises an enriching retreat in London’s most stylish neighborhood.
“Belmond Cadogan Hotel is a London legend reborn. Throughout the decades the hotel has always provided international travelers and Londoners alike with an impeccable retreat with a tradition of serving piping hot tea and an escape from the busy city. Today we provide our guests with a luxurious space to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Chelsea,” comments Klaus Kabelitz, General Manager, Belmond Cadogan Hotel.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel is now open celebrating British culture, design, and quirky eccentricity. The hotel’s 54 rooms and suites provide a stylish retreat in the heart of the city with spacious rooms that are a little ‘house’ in themselves. Many have views over Cadogan Place Gardens offering spacious living rooms with working fireplaces and dining areas as well as large bathrooms with deep, freestanding baths and a specially designed champagne and book holder for some ‘me time.’ Handcrafted in-room bars feature cocktails by Adam Handling and bespoke designed tea sets with traditional handknitted tea cozies.
With private access to the hotel through 21 Pont Street and a key to Cadogan Place Gardens, guests of the hotel can truly feel like a Chelsea resident. The enchanting gardens are tucked away from the busy city streets providing the perfect spot to unwind with a hotel picnic or a game of tennis. To truly discover the area, the hotel concierge has the best local knowledge with access to all the cultural hot spots including inside tips on the best local pubs and restaurants which are true Chelsea intuitions. For a quirky experience unique to Belmond Cadogan Hotel, guests can take a coffee with a London cabbie at one of the few remaining original Cabbie Shelters opposite the hotel.
DRAMA BY DESIGN
The scene is set for a dramatic entrance through the grand doors off Sloane Street, past the roaring fireplace, up the sweeping staircase, and through the bronze cast of 600 books to the 54 rooms and suites. A truly British residence, every detail of the hotel weaves the past together with the present, with carefully placed antique artifacts alongside commissioned modern art and bespoke, handcrafted furnishings.
Details such as the Prince of Wales’ feathers in Lillie Langtree’s original dining room, botanical mosaics on the floor tiles, and wood paneling preserve the historical fabric of the hotel while bold colors, lush fabrics, and bespoke furniture create a modern retreat. Playful elements such as ‘Oscar,’ the stunning peacock glittering with thousands of Swarovski crystals standing proudly in the entrance to the private dining room, is a cheeky nod to the eponymous poet and author. Meanwhile, personal pictures of Chef Patron Adam Handling are placed in the bar creating the feeling of being in a private home.
Chelsea is a hive of artistic endeavor, home to major institutions of contemporary theatre, art, and music. Belmond Cadogan Hotel will embrace this cultural enclave of London with events and activities throughout the seasons. The hotel opens with over 400 pieces of original artworks by predominately British artists, including a painting by Simon Casson taking pride of place in the hotel lobby depicting the history of Cadogan Estates. Five female British artists have been commissioned to create statement artwork in the guest rooms inspired by the botanicals in the private gardens.
In-room private libraries have been curated by family-owned Chelsea bookshop, John Sandoe, where guests can pre-order their favorite editions. A series of literary gatherings is also planned to take place throughout the year.
The ‘runways’ of Belmond Cadogan Hotel have always played host to London’s most fashionable guests; most notably, the socialite and actress Lillie Langtry who lived in the hotel where she famously met and entertained the Prince of Wales and became friends with the legendary and flamboyant Irish Playwright and author Oscar Wilde.
During the 1980s, the supermodels would seek sanctuary at Cadogan, far from the prying eyes of the media and comforted by endless cups of English Breakfast Tea. Today, Belmond Cadogan Hotel’s stylish house staff, dressed in uniforms inspired by 1960s King’s Road fashion, greet guests through the doors off Sloane Street inviting them in for a piping hot cup of tea, keeping fashionable traditions alive.
THE ART OF DINING
Chef Patron Adam Handling serves up traditional dishes using modern recipes at the destination dining room, Adam Handling, Chelsea. The open kitchen with chefs’ tables and ‘bar’ seating showcases the talented chefs at work as they add the final flourishes to theatrical dishes such as Highland Wagyu Beef with short rib and butter-poached King Crab. The menu encapsulates the very ‘Best of British’ cuisine with sustainability at the heart of the restaurant’s philosophy.