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A classical stay at 11 Cadogan Gardens


11 Cadogan Gardens

London has a wealth of literary-leaning hotels perfect for anyone with a penchant for books, complete with everything from suites named after erudite authors, to resplendent libraries groaning with tomes. One such belletrist gem is Chelsea’s 11 Cadogan Gardens; a hotel whose address is as regal as its history. Offering the sort of second-to-none service that includes cold champagne served in the sumptuous library, attentive doormen and an exclusive gentleman’s-club feel to it, 11 Cadogan Gardens is old school London at its bookish best.

11 Cadogan Gardens


11 Cadogan Gardens inhabits a quintet of red-brick townhouses on a leafy Chelsea street, just a stone’s throw from both stylish Sloane Square and the bustling boutiques of King’s Road. A predominantly residential road, 11 Cadogan Gardens sits in harmony alongside the adjoining elegant townhouses, making it a discreet destination in the heart of Chelsea. With a rich history dating back to the 19th century, this regal red-brick was built by Lord Chelsea and features whitewashed arches and stained glasswork on the outside, while inside you’ll find a fine-tuned fusion of traditional detail and contemporary design, perfect for the modern luxury traveller, with nods to its Victorian adventurer roots. A former members’ club and haunt of the elite upper classes, the hotel is the true quintessence of true British heritage.

11 Cadogan Gardens


A hotel whose stories seep from every nook and cranny of its higgledy hallways, the rooms have long been the go-to destination for artists and aristocrats after a stylish stopover in Chelsea. A recent makeover has seen a new chapter for 11 Cadogan Gardens, while the hotel has still managed to retain its much-loved history and heritage. With 56 boudoirs on offer for all types of traveller, my bedroom was beautiful and spacious with a large bedroom, living room with office and an art-adorned hallway which opened to the marble-clad bathroom that not only had an oversized shower but also a gorgeous period bath which I used almost exclusively during my stay. The bed was by far the most sumptuous I’ve slept in, and the hotel’s eclectic past is evident through its glamorous decor, antiques a-plenty and collection of curiosities.

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Food and drink

The dining experience at the hotel’s Hans Bar & Grill was exceptional. A stylish space with exposed brick walls, green leather lounges and marble-topped tables, the restaurant’s contemporary edge – while a slight diversion from the hotel’s signature history – offers an unrivalled spot for would-be city diners.  Their dinner spread was one of the best I’ve had in London, with lots of emphasis placed on the quality and presentation of the food, while the portions – albeit not American in size – were more than sufficient. The main highlight for me were the scallops, but every other dished followed in a close second place. The breakfast menu was also incredible, and the staff were more than happy to make any adjustments to the menu items I requested; yet further evidence of their eagerness to always go above and beyond.

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With subtle lighting, plush sofas and historic portraits, the hotel’s well-stocked library has a wonderfully relaxed environment and offers the perfect place for bookworms to while away the hours with a heavy tome, totally undisturbed. Not dissimilar to an elegant sitting room in a well-heeled country house, there are boundless books to choose from and it’s dreamily quiet space, with walls lined with old books and tables stacked with newspapers, making it a true oasis for the freelancer or aspiring novelist – especially with a pot (and then another) of English breakfast tea, or a glass (or two) of chilled champagne.

11 Cadogan Gardens

Near-by bookshops

Just a fifteen minute stroll from 11 Cadogan Gardens, you’ll find Kensington favourite, South Kensignton Books. Nestled in the heart of Kensington, close to the V&A and the Natural History Museum, this perfectly formed bookshop is a must-visit for all bookworms staying at 11 Cadogan Gardens. With a rich literary history dating back to the 1940s, South Kensington Books specialises in visual arts, architecture and photography and also stocks plenty of titles on history, music, biography, cookery and fiction.

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Words by Nikos Giannakaros + Lucy Pearson

Useful information about 11 Cadogan Gardens

11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2RJ

11 Cadogan Gardens is an iconic English boutique hotel situated near Sloane Square in the heart of Chelsea, and bordering Knightsbridge, London’s most aspirational shopping district. The world’s top brands and fashion powerhouses such as Prada, Chanel, Tiffany’s and Hermes, as well as Harvey Nichols and Harrods are a short stroll for guests exiting 11 Cadogan Gardens onto Sloane Street.

Valet parking is available to all guests. Overnight secure parking is charged at £70.00 per 24hrs. The nearest secure public car park is located nearby to the hotel on Cadogan Place.


Rooms at the 11 Cadogan Gardens start at £266 per night.

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