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WHERE TO STAY FOR A PERFECT CHELSEA STAYCATION

The Cadogan, a Belmond hotel

With uncertainty surrounding the possibility of travelling abroad this summer, now is the perfect time to fall in love with Chelsea, with a staycation in London’s most beautiful neighbourhood.

As one of London’s most exclusive destinations, peppered with luxury boutiques, some of the most exceptional and multifaceted restaurants in the capital, a rich history and world-class museums, Chelsea is naturally home to some of the city’s most magnificent hotels.

The seductive and intimate 11 Cadogan Gardens, which was built in the 19th Century by Lord Chelsea, and the storied The Cadogan, a Belmond hotel, which reopened after a £39-million refurbishment in 2019 with a restaurant by Adam Handling and a collection of over 400 pieces of art.

The Mirror Room, 11 Cadogan Gardens
The Mirror Room, 11 Cadogan Gardens

Overlooking Cadogan Place Gardens, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah is set to reopen in June 2021 after an extensive, £100 million renovation, and will feature London’s largest naturally lit swimming pool at the three-floor Peak Health Club.

And the neighbourhood is soon to boast of two new must-book, world-class hotels that will redefine luxury travel.

This summer, Beaverbrook, the enchanting luxury country house hotel in Surrey, will open its second home in Chelsea in two adjoining Georgian townhouses with 14 luxury suites and a Japanese restaurant.

A room designed by Nicola Harding at Beaverbrook Estate, Surrey

Next year will see the arrival of the legendary Hôtel Costes, the sexy and glamorous Parisian favourite, at One Sloane Gardens with a 40-key hotel in a beautiful building designed by architect Edwin Thomas Hall, the creative force behind London’s iconic Liberty department store.

A room at Hôtel Costes, Paris

If the infamously hedonistic scene at the original Costes is a barometer of things to come, the rooftop restaurant and destination bar atop the new 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.

READ MORE: THE BEST PLACES TO DINE AL FRESCO IN CHELSEA

The Cadogan, a Belmond hotel

The Cadogan

75 Sloane St, SW1X 9SG

The historic Cadogan 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.

Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens 1
Apartments by 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 terrace is an idyllic place to enjoy an evening cocktail, and we the afternoon tea is one of London’s best.

Signature suite, 11 Cadogan Gardens
Signature suite, 11 Cadogan Gardens

The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens

11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ, London

Boutique hotel 11 Cadogan Gardens has expanded into a neighbouring six-floor, red-brick Victorian townhouse, and now offers a tranquil home-away-from-home experience in six elegant apartment suites managed by Iconic Luxury Hotels, the group that owns Cliveden House and Chewton Glen. 

Situated at 20 Cadogan Gardens, the apartments range from one to three bedrooms, each occupying one floor of the townhouse. Designed by East London-based architecture and interior design studio Atellior, each apartment is decorated in serene tones, with ash herringbone flooring, marble bathrooms and a smattering of brass accents. 

Design inspiration came from the annual Chelsea Flower Show, with botanical wallpapers and aptly themed Taschen books throughout. All kitchens are fully equipped with Bosch appliances and fridges will be stocked with essentials and home comforts prior to your arrival.

The Royal Suite, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah
The Royal Suite, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah

The Carlton Tower Jumeirah

1 Cadogan Place, SW1X 9PY

After an 18-month, £100-million refurbishment, the 17-story Carlton Tower Jumeirah will reopen this summer. The new iteration of the hotel features more suites and 87 rooms with balconies that overlook Cadogan Place Gardens. There’s an all-new lobby, restaurant, bar and lounge, ballroom, and a 20-metre pool inside the three-floor Peak Health Club, which will also house a state-of-the art spa.

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