July 24, 2024

London Hotels for Couples Trips and Staycations

Why we love it: Belmond Hotels are honestly the best in the world and if you’ve been fortunate to stay at one, you’ll be in the know. That’s exactly why The Cadogan, the group’s offering located between Chelsea and Knightsbridge, is a must-stay. Located a stone’s throw from both bustling Knightsbridge and chilled Chelsea, The Cadogan is the perfect spot for a romantic city break.

With 54 impeccably designed rooms (two-thirds of which are suites by the way), cosy interiors such as fireplaces, stained-glass windows, gold-leaf wall sconces and incredible art, it’s the perfect spot for holing up for a celebratory night of romance. You may be in the centre of town but the hotel also benefits from its fantastic position overlooking the private Cadogan Palace Gardens, which guests have exclusive access to.

History buffs will fall in love with the place. It dates back to 1887 and is made up of restored Queen Anne-style buildings once home to the super chic socialite Lillie Langry (her original floorings have been restored and make for perfect ‘from where I stand’ Insta pics). The charming property was also a firm favourite hangout of Oscar Wilde so expect to see nods to the poet and playwright at every turn (look out for the crystal-embellished ostrich named after him). Oscar’s room of choice —room 118— where he was arrested with a bottle of something alcoholic in hand (! ) is now the hotel’s Royal Suite, complete stunning views, an epic corner bath and personal butler service.

The food is also fantastic so you won’t need to leave. Kick off proceedings with a cocktail (the bartenders will surprise you with something deliciously strong) before dinner, which is under the culinary direction of celebrated chef, Adam Handling. Fans of Adam will know he’s all about the seasonal, sustainably sourced ingredients and giving his own take on British classics.

Belmond Cadogan Hotel, Chelsea

The homemade bread and cheese doughnuts with sinfully salty butter are next-level, beef tartare with crispy shallot and oyster makes the perfect starter and the steaks served with onion rings are out of this world.

When you’re ready to retire to your room, drifting off to a blissful night’s sleep won’t be a problem because the hotel has launched The Sleep Concierge — a brand-new service in partnership with esteemed Harley Street Hypnotherapist and Sleep Expert, Malminder Gill. You get a pillow menu with a choice of luxurious pillows and a weighted blanket, a bedtime tea developed by The Cadogan that’s perfect for sipping in the bath, a dreamy scented pillow mist and a sleep-inducing meditative recording by Malminder. Sweet dreams.

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