The company, which was recently acquired by LVMH (a big move for the luxury conglomerate, which has carefully expanded its hospitality footprint over the past decade), is no stranger to restoring historic gems back to their former glory.
Though there is a plenty plush lobby, guests will also have the option of using a private entrance, which was once the entry to Lillie Langtry’s home. Nods to the socialite-cum-actress are found throughout the property in the form of delicate gold-leaf wall sconces featuring her calling card of the royal feathers and her quarters now serve as room 106. But the hotel’s most famous dweller was perhaps Oscar Wilde, who was arrested at the Cadogan in 1895 for being gay, a crime in England at the time. His former pied-à-terre has been transformed into the Royal Suite and features high ceilings, separate living room and dining spaces, a balcony, park views, and an expansive marble bathroom with a tub that overlooks Belgravia.
In addition to its sumptuous accommodations, the property will also have a grand library filled with 600 books—yes, you can expect a few of Wilde’s tomes in the mix—and guests will have access to the private 93-acre Cadogan Estate Gardens, complete with tennis courts and a playground. And when you’re not out about town sampling some of the finest fare London has to offer—like Clare Smyth’s two-Michelin-star Core. Helmed by rising star Adam Handling, the signature fine-dining restaurant promises exceptional seasonal British cuisine with a sustainable and no-waste approach. For more casual options, there’ll also be a quaint terrace café starring freshly baked pastries; an elegant bar shaking up classic cocktails; and a lounge serving up lunch, afternoon tea, and nightcaps.