A quintessential English experience awaits you at the elegantly refurbished, Chelsea-based Draycott Hotel, which tastefully blends traditional features with contemporary touches. Close to Sloane Square, King’s Road, and Knightsbridge, the five-star hotel, housed within a striking 1890s red-brick building, has an A-List address where refined British sophistication and hospitality feature in abundance. It also has the air of a private club: there are only 35 guestrooms, and a chauffeur available should you need one.
- The hotel offers complimentary afternoon tea, early evening champagne reception, and hot chocolate before bed
- Unwind in a bedroom or suite inspired by the hotel’s Edwardian heritage
- The hotel offers a highly personalized 24-hour concierge service
- Host a drinks reception in the beautiful Chelsea room that opens to the garden
- Gather friends for a private dinner for up to 12 people in the Draycott room
Cadogan Gardens and the genteel surroundings of the hotel offer the perfect base for venturing around the King’s Road, South Kensington, and Knightsbridge. Spend time meandering around the designer shops before escaping back to hotel for afternoon tea in the Drawing Room or garden.
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The 35 guestrooms and suites — including six singles — some of which overlook the leafy garden square, reflect the hotel’s Edwardian heritage with antique furniture, plush, traditional décor and, occasionally, original fireplaces with gas burners and four-poster beds. Designed by Rupert Lord and named for actors and writers like Noël Coward, George Bernard Shaw, and Agatha Christie, each room draws on the personality of its namesake. Look forward to beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and a teddy bear sitting between the pillows to welcome you.
All rooms have bars, iPod docking stations, and Wii consoles, and you might even find homemade shortbread on the table when you arrive. If you’re traveling as a family, the hotel will happily provide a cot and toy box in your room. Service is informed and friendly, with the 24-hour concierge offering advice and a comprehensive guide to the area.
There is no formal restaurant at the Draycott Hotel, but it does serve buffet breakfast, and the staff is more than happy to cook up a classic English breakfast or hot dish. It has an imaginative room service menu — which you can also take in the breakfast or dining room if the mood takes you — loaded with creative British-influenced dishes including Gloucester Old Spot pork belly or harissa-spiced Welsh lamb salad.
However, the jewel in the Draycott Hotel’s crown is the sumptuous afternoon tea it lays out in the refined Drawing Room that opens to the beautiful garden. Work your way through finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and raspberry mille-feuille with a choice of teas, a glass of Champagne, or very British gin and tonic.
Should you want to venture out for a meal, the Botanist in Sloane Square is a gem of a place with a modern British menu and it’s open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. For an excellent bistro menu, try the Royal Court Bar & Kitchen, also in Sloane Square, while The Antelope on Eaton Terrace is a well-known traditional English gastropub.
Wander down to Harvey Nichols department store and Harrods, just 10 minutes away, while the boutiques of the King’s Road are even closer.
If shopping isn’t your thing, explore the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum — one stop on the London Underground — and go to the Victoria & Albert Museum with its world-class art and design collections and exhibitions. The Draycott Hotel is the closest five-star hotel to May’s Chelsea Flower Show, and if football (American soccer) is more your thing, Chelsea FC plays at Stamford Bridge — only a short tube or bus ride away. Also, be sure to explore Hyde Park at the top of Sloane Street.
The Draycott Hotel’s location is one of its main attractions — in the heart of one of London’s smartest districts, with high-end shops and designer boutiques on its doorstep. Sloane Square Underground Station is just around the corner, and there are several bus routes to take you to the West End.
Heathrow Airport is 8 mi / 12.8 km away from the hotel.
Gatwick Airport is 30 minutes by train from Victoria Station.
The nearest main railway station is Victoria — it is just 1 mi / 1.6 km away from the hotel.