Cadogan Hotel

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Cadogan Hotel

The Cado­gan is a lux­u­ry hotel in Hans Town, fill­ing the block bound­ed by Sloane Street, Pont Street, Pavil­ion Road and Pavil­ion Street.

Built by the lit­tle-known archi­tect HB Brace, the Cado­gan opened at 75 Sloane Street in 1887. Eight years lat­er the hotel acquired and incor­po­rat­ed the gabled man­sions imme­di­ate­ly behind it, which had been built a lit­tle ear­li­er in the style that Osbert Lan­cast­er nick­named ‘Pont Street Dutch’. One of these hous­es, 21 Pont Street (the upper cor­ner of which is shown in the pho­to below), had been home to the actress and roy­al mis­tress Lil­lie Langtry.

Oscar Wilde was a fre­quent guest at the Cado­gan, usu­al­ly stay­ing in room 118. This was the scene on 6 April 1895 of his arrest for gross inde­cen­cy, com­mem­o­rat­ed in verse by John Bet­je­man:

“To the right and before him Pont Street
Did tow­er in her new built red,
As hard as the morn­ing gaslight
That shone on his unmade bed.”

‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cado­gan Hotel’ (1937)

The hotel was bought by local landown­er Earl Cado­gan in 2011. This is the first time in its his­to­ry that the Cado­gan has been owned by the fam­i­ly whose name it bears. In July 2014 the hotel closed in advance of a very expen­sive ‘recon­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion’ pro­gramme, which took more than three years to com­plete.