Old European Charm: Cadogan London
Built in 1887, the Cadogan retains the feel of a private townhouse with the kind of charm associated with old-world Europe. The hotel sits on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, providing easy access to the luxury shops and Haute Couture fashion, making this district London’s fashion hub.
The hotel has had its share of notable guests, including poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, who was arrested in his room in 1895. The event was immortalized when John Betjeman wrote a poem titled, “The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel.” Chances are guests are better behaved these days—most are travelers looking for an intimate and historic experience in central location.
You have a choice between rooms with contemporary or classic English Décor—either way, plush furniture is de rigueur. Many of the high-ceilinged rooms feature rounded alcoves leading to private balconies, and all provide standard modern conveniences such as cable TV, WIFI and air conditioning. The Oscar Wilde and Lillie Langtry suites are particularly well appointed.
Where To Eat
Yes, there is gourmet English cuisine. Mes’Anges, the Cadogan’s luxury restaurant, boasts glass chandeliers, intricate ceiling designs and a marble fireplace. The menu is equally lavish, showcasing steak, seafood and chicken dishes with imaginative ingredients.
What To Do
Guests access to the private gardens at Cadogan Square, directly across from the hotel. If you are looking to work off those extra pints, have the concierge book a tennis court for you—the hotel will provide the rackets and balls. After stretching your black card to the brink shopping, catch a double-decker bus (they run by the hotel’s entrance) to the Natural History Museum.
Rates: $280 to $1,040 per night depending on room. For reservations call (888) 452-8380 or visit www.cadogan.com