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THE FESTIVE
GETAWAY GUIDE

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Once Upon a Time, a wonderful stage

Once Upon a Time at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel. A place abounding in history and social buzz, our enchanting hideaway in the heart of Chelsea is the perfect place to wrap up the year in style. Watch as the doors open magically for you and follow our guide — this winter, The Cadogan is setting the stage for a wonderful festive getaway.




ACT I, PICTURE THIS

At first sight, The Cadogan embodies discreet luxury. Cosily nestled in the corner of Sloane Street and Pont Street, our Chelsea residence blends in with the area’s signature refined architecture. Walk by peacefully, and you might actually miss the white columns of our main entrance — especially if you keep musing over the Cadogan Place Park’s foliage on the other side of the street. But one glance at the gentleman in a bowler hat, smiling at you knowingly, and you know you have arrived at your home away from home.

Enter The Cadogan, a legendary place where Oscar Wilde once shared ideas and drinks with witty intellectuals, and where influential socialites initiated trends and hosted endless parties. In Chelsea, past and present are intertwined: the chic, vibrant soirées of the last two centuries still resonate within the walls of the hotel to this day.

ACT II, ADD SPARKLES

At The Cadogan, every detail is an invitation to experience the magic. The first taste of your festive getaway starts with the hotel’s Christmas tree, reigning supreme in the lobby. A studied assemblage of several hours, it welcomes every single guest to a world of fantasy where polished trinkets and majestic ornaments set the decor. You will be forgiven if, on your way to your festive dinner at The LaLee, you’re caught glancing down under the tree, checking if your gift has arrived yet…

And at the restaurant, the festive feeling remains. Whether you indulge in a four-course Sicilian menu by Roberto Toro, relish the flavours of European classics, or feast on a sumptuous New Year’s Eve menu, paired with a selection of wines and bubbles, The LaLee offers nothing but distinguished festive meals. All you need now is your favourite people around the table, and a few hours to revisit cherished memories or listen to new, lively stories.

ACT III, TIME TO PARTY

Back to your room? It’s time to prepare for the unforgettable party that awaits. Dress to impress and capture these behind-the-scenes moments while you get ready. Take a moment to sit by the window and glance outside: the pace is quicker, and the noises are louder. Just like you, London’s most stylish neighbourhood is getting ready for a night of delights.

Downstairs, subtle jazz music notes are slowly coming together — someone’s already sat at the piano in Maison Lounge, inviting you to join them. At 6 o’clock, the room used daily for our literary afternoon tea delicacies converts into the cosiest of salons, ready to serve exquisite cocktails. Watch as our barman pours in each drink, regaling you with the unknown stories behind your favourite cocktail. And, if you pay attention, he might disclose an anecdote or two about a legendary name...

With your glass in hand, sit back and relax. Allow the room’s colourful details to reflect in the glistering drink of your choice and listen as giggles and murmurs — and a gentle seventies-inspired playlist — create the perfect soundtrack for the festive season. Wherever you decide to settle for the rest of the night — a plush seat at Maison Lounge, back at The LaLee’s bar, or nestled on the cosy sofa in the intimacy of your suite — every detail will turn your festive getaway at The Cadogan into a magical story. Cheers to that.

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