A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the recently relaunched 11 Cadogan Gardens is a boutique bolthole brimming with character in the centre of affluent Knightsbridge.
The five-star 11 Cadogan Gardens is tucked discreetly away in Sloane Square. A place where London’s elite go to buy their designer glad rags and the deep growl of a supercar greets you on every corner. It’s the ideal location to the discover best of central London by day, while escaping the masses by night.
Take a short stroll to some of London’s most famous galleries and museums, or indulge in the iconic shopping of Sloane Square – all on 11’s doorstep.
Steeped in History
11 Cadogan Gardens certainly has a story to tell. This regal retreat was once four separate Victorian townhouses built by Lord Chelsea in the 19th century. It was also a popular jaunt among celebrities, politicians and aristocrats way back when.
The hotel’s unique heritage can still be admired today among its creaking staircases, narrow corridors, and hidden rooms. During its recent redesign, the architects took great care to preserve the hotel’s Victorian façade.
The décor is an eccentric mix of old and new. Dark walls are lined with large gold-framed paintings and ornate chandeliers swing from the tall ceilings. Ask nicely, and you can hitch a novelty ride to your room or suite in the renovated pre-war lift.
Bespoke Rooms and Suites
11 Cadogan Gardens has 56 beautiful rooms and suites. Each of the 25 suites has been individually designed to compliment the hotel’s unique character. I was lucky enough be staying in the luxurious Signature Suite, which I could liken to a small apartment with its hallway, lounge and desk area – complete with complementary bubbly. The quirky four poster bed was a delight to sleep in and the opulent marbled bathroom was simply stunning. The suite felt as cosy as my own living room with its light brown and rich gold colour scheme, and sumptuous furnishings.
Although the suite remains respectful of its Victorian roots, I still had access to all the mod cons today’s traveller could need – including an enormous HD TV, surround sound system, Nespresso machine, and free Wi-Fi.
Dine, Drink and Unwind
Breakfast at 11 Cadogan Gardens has a dish to suit any kind of traveller – all served in the airy conservatory. Start your day with a full English and all the trimmings, or opt for
something lighter with the unique healthy breakfast, including green smoothie, granola, and gluten-free toast.
In the evening, Tartufo Restaurant serves stunning modern-European cuisine in the decorative Victorian dining room. And for afters, you can sip on a classic cocktail in the hotel bar, stocked with exclusive vintages, limited edition champagnes and the finest spirits in town.
When it’s time to unwind, 11 Cadogan Gardens is your home away from home with plenty of places to explore. Enjoy coffee and cake in front of the roaring fire in the drawing room, or visit the library with its many leather-bound books and plush velvet armchairs.
Whether it’s the waiters and waitresses, or William the friendly doorman, the staff at 11 Cadogan Gardens have one aim: to make your stay simply unforgettable. Professional yet unreservedly friendly, the team is on-hand whenever you call and are the perfect complement to the hotel’s charming character.
11 Cadogan Gardens – Where and How?
11 Cadogan Gardens is located in Knightsbridge, London, SW3 2RJ, United Kingdom. The hotel relaunched on the 5 May 2016 following a year of extensive renovations. For more information or to make a booking, visit www.no11cadogangardens.com.
Prices start from £400 per night based on double occupancy in a Junior Suite.
By Leanne Kelsall
See more of the incredible interiors at 11 Cadogan Gardens below