Cadogan Hotel

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Cadogan Hotel
General information
Location Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°29′49″N 0°9′33″W / 51.49694°N 0.15917°W / 51.49694; -0.15917
Opening 1887

The Cadogan Hotel /kəˈdɒɡən/[citation needed] is a hotel located in Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London, England that was built in 1887.

Overview[edit]

The Earls Cadogan, via their company Cadogan Estates, have owned Sloane Street and the surrounding area for many generations.

The area's private garden houses tennis courts, a jogging track, and a children's playground.

The Cadogan is in the heart of the city’s most affluent district and shares the surrounding streets with leading retail and designer names. Chanel, Hermes, Cartier, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, to name a few, are all within walking distance. The hotel offers a choice of bedrooms and suites, and access to the private Cadogan Gardens and tennis courts.

In July 2014 Cadogan Estates signed a management agreement with Belmond Ltd. to operate the hotel as part of its collection of luxury hotels and travel experiences. The hotel has now closed and will undergo a US$48 million renovation project. All public areas will be refurbished and the room count reduced from 64 to 54. The fully renovated and reconceptualised Belmond Cadogan will open in 2016.

Lillie Langtry[edit]

Blue plaque on the hotel commemorating Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry, famous actress and close friend of Edward VII, lived at 21 Pont Street from 1892 to 1897. Long after she had sold the house, Lillie would stay in her old bedroom, by then a part of the hotel. A blue plaque commemorates this.[1]

Oscar Wilde[edit]

Shortly after opening, the hotel became infamous for the arrest of Oscar Wilde[2] on 6 April 1895, in room no. 118. He was charged with "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" (a euphemism for any sex between males) under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. Despite pleas by friends to flee the country, Wilde chose to stay and was found guilty and served two years hard labour. The events in the room were immortalised by the poet laureate John Betjeman in his tragic poem The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Cadogan". The Handbook. May 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Neil Bartlett, Who Was That Man?: A Present for Mr Oscar Wilde, London: Serpent's Tail, 1988, p. 104

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°29′49″N 0°09′35″W / 51.4970°N 0.1596°W / 51.4970; -0.1596