The building housing London’s upcoming Belmond Cadogan Hotel has long played a role in the cultural history of the Kensington and Chelsea area. The $48 million, 54-room project will restore the bespoke heritage of the Queen Anne Revival property dating back to 1887, drawing inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood while adding modern style.
The hotel, set to open next year, is the first for the brand in London. Two-thirds of the property’s accommodations will be suites, with some showcasing original fireplaces. The hotel faces a private garden and each guestroom will have access to an entrance from 21 Pont Street.
Belmond held a contest to find designers to add their personal touches to the property. Mac Collins, a product and furniture designer, and Antonia Packham, a sustainable designer and recent graduate of Brighton University, were both chosen from more than 3,000 designers who displayed their work at the New Designers exhibition over the summer. The winners are learning from Belmond’s in-house design team, and they have been commissioned to create a bespoke design to be featured at the Belmond Cadogan.
Executive Chef Adam Handling will lead operations at the zero-waste Bar and Terrace, which will feature an open kitchen. Meanwhile, the Tea Lounge will offer a curated tea service from Handling.
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