Walking through the discreet doorway of 11 Cadogan Gardens is the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re entering your Victorian-era home right in the heart of West London. Discover a unique place, where neighborhood friendliness and old-world charm meet.
It’s a grand townhouse nestled between Sloane Square and Knightsbridge: 11 Cadogan Gardens, one of those places that make you feel like a resident of London the moment you arrive. Behind the hotel’s impressive red-brick façade lies an oasis of calm to retreat to after a busy day exploring. Built by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th century, the 56-guestroom property brims with historic charm, complete with fireplaces, four-poster beds, and antique portraits on the staircase.
Upon arrival, the best thing to do is cozy up on a sofa in the drawing room and treat yourself to the hotel’s signature afternoon tea: a feast for the eyes and stomach with finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones lashed with clotted cream, homemade patisseries, and fine traditional English teas.
Outside, in the streets surrounding 11 Cadogan Gardens, past and present-day London come together. The hotel sits behind the picturesque Pavilion Road, which immerses visitors in the much-loved village feel of the Chelsea neighborhood. Once a Victorian mews and later the center of Swinging-Sixties London, the thousand-yard-long pedestrian street now teams with artisanal bakeries, cheesemongers, cafés, boutiques, and the in-house restaurant of 11 Cadogan Gardens, Hans’ Bar & Grill, which opens out onto this local hub.
Seasonal British produce is the order of the day at Hans’. The all-day menu, designed by Chef Rowen Babe, offers popular comfort-food classics and finer dining options, ranging from chickpea burgers to Dover sole meunière. Drawing in a mixed crowd of locals and in-the-know visitors, the atmosphere inside the inviting, brightly decorated dining room feels more like a vibrant neighborhood eatery than a hotel restaurant.
Local sourcing and an intrinsic respect for the environment are just as important elsewhere in the hotel as they are in the kitchen of Hans’. The toiletries inside the guestrooms are sourced from eco-friendly supplier Noble Isle, featuring natural fragrances from the British Isles. As a property belonging to the sprawling Cadogan Estate, 11 Cadogan Gardens forms part of an estate-wide pledge to eliminate all landfill by 2030. Numerous initiatives have already been taken to achieve this goal, from boosting recycling to implementing LED lighting throughout.
The care put into every detail at 11 Cadogan Gardens reminds you of the kind of old-world service you rarely find these days. It’s no surprise that the property was already a magnet for epicureans during the Victorian era – and what you’ll find today at 11 Cadogan Gardens comes pretty close.