There’s a hidden gem in London’s Chelsea. Amongst the sophisticated style one can peruse on the King’s Road and the copious eateries and bars that line the squares, you will find 11 Cadogan Gardens. A boutique hotel tucked away on a tree-lined street of red-brick townhouses, just off Sloane Square, it could well be the perfect staycation.
A cosy welcome greets you as you enter the hotel; wooden floors, high beams and all the original features of a glorious period property. Hammering the point home are paintings of key historical figures scattered across the otherwise ornate walls, giving guests a real sense of culture and a historical tour as they make their way through the premises.
The rooms boast an old English feel to them, with four-poster beds, living area complete with sofa and blankets and more paintings framed on the walls. The most interesting feature, I found, was that the marble bathrooms managed the fine balance between incredibly lavish and stylishly modern, in comparison to the straight traditional feel of the rest of the hotel.
We had dinner at the newly-renovated Hans’ Bar and Grill. The private dining space with glass cabinets displaying the wine selection is impressive, but wherever you dine the service is faultless. They were friendly, informative but also allowing us to enjoy our meal once we had ordered. Speaking of which, we opted for crispy squid and seared beef with a beetroot and horseradish mayonnaise – the latter being a must-order. Following this, juicy and flavoursome scallops. But it was the ham hock, chicken and leek terrine that truly stole the show. The rest of the meal included a perfectly medium-rare rib-eye and a meaty monkfish dish, followed by a decadent raspberry and salted caramel chocolate pot, the definition of indulgence.
A peaceful night’s sleep had us awake readily for breakfast, which we had brought to our room. With a myriad of options to choose from, pancakes, an eggs benedict croissant, fresh juices and Hans’ signature hot chocolate made the cut. As we ate the perfectly-prepared dishes, I thought that the croissant was a great revision on the classic eggs benedict breakfast. Bread is so overrated these days…
Elegant and full of history, 11 Cadogan Gardens is quintessentially British and full of charm. Whether you’re visiting London and want a traditional experience or are looking for a weekend away but don’t really want to leave home, 11 Cadogan Gardens will leave no guest disappointed.
For more information and bookings visit Cadogan Garden’s website.