In the heart of Chelsea within a traditional red brick Victorian townhouse (actually, 4 townhouses joined together), 11 Cadogan Gardens is a home-turned-hotel that confidently holds its own amongst the crowd of top-end London hotels due to its remarkable character and charm.
This is one of my favourite locations in London, close to the best designer shops and restaurants in Sloane Square and the Kings Road and Knightsbridge. It’s also very close to Victoria Station if you’re travelling up from the country for a city break, and well located to enjoy the West End or buzz and culture of central London, with a number of parks nearby and the Chelsea Physic Garden just a short stroll away.
There’s a real home-from-home atmosphere about 11 Cadogan Gardens and the décor throughout is tasteful and stylish. Traditional features include period details, antique furniture and an incredible collection of paintings, but the hotel doesn’t feel stuck in the past and puts real emphasis on fresh colours, real comfort and warm service – the concierge is particularly knowledgeable and helpful.
Bedrooms and Suites range in size and some of the suites boast wonderfully lavish interiors. Cosy ‘Petite Rooms’ are adorable, really comfortable and designed specifically for solo travellers looking for a great sleep on an overnight trip (Queen Beds). Superior Rooms are a little bigger, still with Queen beds and elegant interiors, so they’re great for 2 adults on a short stay. Whilst these rooms aren’t big, they’re bright and luxurious. Go for the Deluxe Rooms if you’re after more space and planning to stay a little longer – these are beautifully designed with high ceilings, fireplaces, king beds and classic décor.
Suites are the perfect option for families as they have more living space and can fit extra single beds for children (at no additional cost), with a couple of interconnecting options. Signature suites all have four poster beds and the Red Room is a must mention! It’s very regal in style with opulent interiors of sumptuous red and gold fabrics and a spacious separate living area. The four ‘Cadogan Suites’ are gorgeous and I’d really recommend these for a more private stay. Each suite has a private entrance and some are located in the original mews building overlooking Pavilion Road, so they’re ideal for those looking to enjoy discretion and a real sense of freedom.
Whether or not you’re staying at 11 Cadogan Gardens, it’s a great choice for an evening of fine-dining and delicious wine and an undeniably cool Chelsea atmosphere. Han’s Bar and Grill is open all day, so you can go for an indulgent brunch on the weekend, a stunning superfood salad at lunch or a spoiling dinner of seasonal British fayre. Wine tastings can be arranged in The Wine Room, or slink down to the Chelsea Bar for evening cocktails in a super seductive setting; all dark leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting, old-school trunks used as tables and a fab playlist.
After a morning of shopping, one of my favourite things to do is treat myself (and whoever I’m with!) to Afternoon Tea with Champagne in the Drawing Room. It’s a quintessential London experience that makes a day out feel even more special and the treats on offer are always delicious.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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