Cadogan hotel sold; new owners plan upgrade

By Lorraine Heller

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The Cadogan Hotel: permission sought for new restaurant
The Cadogan Hotel: permission sought for new restaurant
The Cadogan Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge has been purchased for £15.4m by the Cadogan family Estate, which plans to refurbish the site and open a new restaurant in the hotel.

Located in Sloane Street, the Cadogan Hotel includes 65 rooms and suites, and currently contains the Langtry’s restaurant, named after the famous actress and friend of King Edward III, Lillie Langtry.

Cadogan Estate, which bought the property from US-based Trinity Hotel Investors, said it plans to upgrade and refurbish the hotel throughout the forthcoming years.

Hugh Seaborn, chief executive of the Cadogan Estate, said the acquisition of the hotel’s share capital has been a long held ambition of the group.

“Earl Cadogan is delighted that the hotel bearing his family name has been returned to the family estate,” he said, although the Cadogan Estate has never owned The Cadogan Hotel as a business, making this the first time in the hotel’s history that Cadogan Estate will own it.

Cadogan upgrade

“Our intention is that the hotel will continue to operate as it is for the time being and in due course it will be upgraded so as to better reflect the elegance of Sloane Street,” said Seaborn.

The hotel’s interior currently has a focus on historical and ornate features, and is decorated with ‘decadent velvets’ and furniture with ‘luxurious textured materials’.

Its Bar and Drawing Room has original stained glass windows and wood panelling. Langstry’s restaurant has high sculptured ceilings, a marble fireplace, oversize mirrors and chandeliers.

A spokesperson told BigHospitality that the group is looking to gain planning consent to open a restaurant which leads into the hotel from the property adjacent to the hotel. It also hopes to be able to develop unutilized space underneath the hotel.

The hotel, which has been in operation for 124 years, is a converted townhouse built in 1887. It is best known for its association with Oscar Wilde who was arrested for ‘gross indecency’ in room 118 in 1895.

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