A high-end retreat in upscale Chelsea, the Belmond Cadogan is one of London’s most luxurious hotels. The famous and the privileged have frequented the place since it opened in 1887. Lillie Langtry’s house next door was integrated into the hotel in 1895, on the understanding that she could stay put; now, it’s a private entrance for guests. That same year, Oscar Wilde was arrested here; in today’s hotel his love of peacocks manifests itself in a glittering piece of artwork that graces the private dining room. Imagine the stories that could be told – except, of course, that discretion is guaranteed within these walls. Blending this colourful heritage with all the mod-cons you’d expect from a 21st century establishment, it’s no wonder that this remains one of the finest hotels in the UK capital, intimate, soothing and above all, stylish.
Many of London’s most exclusive squares boast private gardens; at Cadogan Place Gardens guests are permitted to join residents. Elegant planting – this was once the London Botanic Garden – and tennis courts provide the al-fresco magic. Pull a deckchair under the shade of an old mulberry tree, grab a lap blanket and a book and lose an afternoon to the great art of doing nothing at all.
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