Belmond Opens Chic Chelsea Digs

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There’s no place quite like London. Yes, the sun only seems to shine for a few days a year, but the city’s boasts a rich history as well as a contemporary edge that ensures it remains a destination close to many gent’s hearts.

 
 

After a multi-million-pound renovation, Belmond Cadogan Hotel has opened on Sloane Street, an address that has played host to socialites, artists and aristocrats throughout history. 

One of the city’s most iconic houses of slumber, the Cadogan has been lovingly refreshed and reinvigorated as a new stage for many of the city’s cultural and social events, from literary gatherings to curated art shows, while also offering luxurious digs at the heart of the British capital. 

 
 
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Belmond Cadogan Hotel celebrates British culture, design and quirky eccentricity across its 54 spacious rooms and suites, many of which feature working fireplaces, separate dining spaces, in-room libraries curated by Chelsea institution John Sandoe, and views over Cadogan Place Gardens. 

Details such as the Prince of Wales’ feathers in the original dining room of Lillie Langtree (one of the hotel’s many famous past-residents), botanical mosaics on the floor tiles and wood paneling, preserve the historical fabric of the hotel whilst bold colours, lush fabrics and deeply relaxing furniture create a modern retreat. 

With spacious bathrooms replete with free-standing soak tubs, a specially designed house champagne, and handcrafted in-room bars featuring cocktails by Adam Handling you’d be forgiven for rarely venturing out.

 
 
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However, if you do, you’ll find yourself at the heart of Chelsea, with great restaurants and pubs nearby, and the Gardens coming to life during the fleeting but glorious summer months. The hotel can also tee you up with a host of exclusive experiences, including tours of the hotel’s 400 piece-strong art collection (many having been created by five female British artists who were commissioned to create eye-catching works for guest rooms), in-room bespoke tailoring experiences, and even taking a cuppa with a London cabbie at one of the few remaining original Cabbie Shelters in the city. 

You’ll also dine well thanks to traditional dishes like Highland Wagyu short rib and butter-poached King Crab given a contemporary twist by Chef Patron Adam Handling at his eponymously-named dining room, while the hotel’s bar serves up classic libations laced with craft spirits sourced from across the British Isles. 

 
 
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TravelFred Kirby