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CHELSEA’S INCREDIBLE HOTELS

The Belmond Cadogan Hotel

With the pandemic continuing to disrupt travel plans, there’s never been a better time to enjoy London’s myriad attractions. With Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, the Natural History and V&A Museums, Chelsea Physic Gardens, multifaceted dining choices and a unique assortment of shops, boutiques and flagships on your doorstep, Chelsea is not only London’s most refined neighbourhood but becoming the hippest, too.

As one of London’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, Chelsea is naturally home to some of the city’s best and most magnificent hotels, including the seductive and intimate 11 Cadogan Gardens and the storied Belmond Cadogan Hotel, which reopened last year following a £39-million refurbishment with a restaurant by Adam Handling and a collection of over 400 pieces of art.

11 Cadogan Gardens

In addition to these long-standing hotel partnerships built and nurtured by Cadogan, which owns over 90 acres of land in Chelsea, the neighbourhood is soon to boast of two new must-book, world-class hotels that will redefine luxury travel.

Next year, both Hôtel Costes, Paris’ sexy and glamorous favourite, and Beaverbrook, the enchanting luxury country house hotel in Surrey, will open their second homes in Chelsea in joint ventures with Cadogan.

A room designed by Nicola Harding at Beaverbrook Estate, Surrey

Beaverbrook Town House will see two Georgian townhouses on Sloane Street transformed into the London extension of the country club, hotel and spa, with 14 luxury suites designed by Nicola Harding, who is renowned for her sophisticated use of colour and pattern, and exacting choice of antiques.

Set across from the Grade-II-listed Cadogan Place Gardens, there will also be a Japanese restaurant, adding to Sloane Street’s growing roster of destination dining spots.

A room at Hôtel Costes, Paris

Hôtel Costes will open at One Sloane Gardens, just by the Sloane Square tube station, a beautiful 19th-century building designed by architect Edwin Thomas Hall, the man behind London’s iconic and champion of the arts and crafts movement. If the infamously hedonistic scene at the Paris Costes is a barometer of things-to-come, the rooftop restaurant and destination bar atop the 40-key hotel is destined to become London’s hottest ticket.

Until Beaverbrook Town House and Hôtel Costes open their doors, here are the best places to stay now.

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The Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Belmond Cadogan Hotel

75 Sloane St, SW1X 9SG

The historic Cadogan Hotel was built in 1887 and played an integral role in Chelsea’s social history. This was the scene of Oscar Wilde’s notorious 1895 arrest, an incident which inspired Sir John Betjeman’s poem, ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel’.

After undergoing a five-year renovation overseen by luxury hotel group Belmond, it reopened in 2019 with a restaurant run by celebrated chef Adam Handling, and a bar that serves very notable cocktails.

11 Cadogan Gardens

11 Cadogan Gardens

11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ, London

One of London’s best-kept secrets, 11 Cadogan Gardens was built by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th Century and originally comprised four separate Victorian townhouses, explaining the labyrinthine layout. Despite a recent major refurbishment, all of its 56 uniquely decorated bedrooms are still as opulent and quirky as ever. The restaurant, Han’s Bar & Grill, is a fabulous spot for dinner, and the hotel’s the terrace is an idyllic place to enjoy an evening cocktail, and we the afternoon tea is one of London’s best.

The Sloane Square Hotel

The Sloane Square Hotel

7–12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG, London

Right on Sloane Square and just moments from restaurants and bars including The Botanist, Colbert and Tonteria, and the Sloane Square tube station, you couldn’t ask for a better location to explore Chelsea and beyond. The beds are made with luxurious 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linen, the softest pillows and there are total blackout curtains in all rooms, so you can count on a restful stay.

Blakes London

Blakes London

33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF, London

Among the sexiest hotels in London, the Blakes building was designed in 1978 by Anouska Hempel and is still beguiling guests and Londoners. There’s a gym and a beauty centre, a positively seductive bar downstairs, an intimate garden terrace and a restaurant beloved by locals and guests alike