11 Cadogan Gardens

A London charmer brimming with personality
11 Cadogan Gardens blends so well into its affluent residential surroundings, you could easily walk straight past and miss it, unbeknownst that what lies behind the unassuming façade is something quite special — a boutique hotel brimming with warmth and personality.

Originally built as four townhouses by Lord Chelsea in the 19th century, this luxury hotel is located moments from Sloane Square, with Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Victoria within close proximity.

Spread over four floors, it is a warren of eclectic spaces in which to relax, drink, eat and sleep: a bright conservatory, perfect for perusing the morning newspapers; a dark and moody bar made for late-night cocktails; a theatrical mirror room, where you can play “spot the hidden door”; and a cozy library to while away an afternoon with one of the well-thumbed, vintage books.

Fresh from a yearlong renovation, 11 Cadogan Gardens is a prime place to book for a stay in the capital.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Post-renovation, this Chelsea retreat has managed to retain the exclusive feel of its former members club persona, while projecting the air of a private Victorian home.
  • A spiral staircase, dotted with oil paintings of regal-looking people with a tale or two to tell, takes you up to the guest rooms.
  • The welcome you receive as you walk through the front door is akin to being greeted home for the holidays — it makes you feel warm and taken care of — before you’ve even made it through to a relaxed check-in area.
  • This London hotel adds thoughtful touches, such as little treats left in your room on special occasions
  • 11 Cadogan Gardens boasts two Golden Keys concierges who have the knowledge, connections and can-do to help you make the most of your stay in the city.
Things to Know
  • There’s a gym in the basement, but with 350 acres of green space to stretch your legs out in Hyde Park, a walkable 15 minutes in one direction, and the just-as-close River Thames in the other, you’d be forgiven for ignoring the hotel treadmill.
  • The covetable interiors, pulled together by JSJ Design, have made it a popular choice with the fashion set, with the luxury hotel frequently used for glossy magazine shoots.
  • For a equally sumptuous and sensual getaway, opt for a stay in the ridiculously romantic Velasquez Suite, where almost everything, including the Murano glass chandelier, is red.
The Rooms
  • Each of the 56 rooms and suites offers something unique. The only shared traits are sleek marble bathrooms, Nespresso machines, LCD TVs and daily replenished complimentary still and sparking water.
  • The 25 suites serve up an extra-special dose of fun. We like the four Mews Suites, each with a separate living room and private entrance onto Pavilion Road.
  • At the top of the scale, there’s the Sloane Suite, a high-ceilinged, 1,292-square-foot space swathed in a regal palette of black, gold and cream, an abundance of luxurious fabrics and a grand four-poster bed fit for a king.
  • Equally as comfortable are the Junior Suites, Superior and Deluxe Rooms, all combining touches of luxury, with a classic airy decor, custom-made furniture and Cadogan Garden, Pavilion Road or Mary Poppins-esque rooftop views.
The Restaurants
  • Tartufo, under the helm of chef Manuel Oliveri, serves the kind of Italian food that gives you a hug and leaves you wanting to come back for more (the tortellini al tartufo nero — a rich pasta with walnut, mascarpone and a generous shaving of black truffle — is particularly good).
  • For truffle enthusiasts, the themed tasting menu (also available as vegetarian option) is worth a look.
  • The 11 Cadogan Gardens twist on the afternoon tea offers a seasonal menu inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show, all displayed on pretty Wedgewood crockery, accompanied by a selection of loose-leaf Jing tea.
  • The cocktails in the bar follow suit, with a seasonal red-leather-clad menu of delicious and decorative floral concoctions.
24-hour room service
Getting There
11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2RG, United Kingdom
LHR (28-40 min)   LCY (30-45 min)   LGW (50 min-1 h 10 min)  
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