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Fodor's Expert Review The Draycott

26 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3 2RP, England

A luxury boutique property in the heart of Chelsea, the Draycott Hotel is a gorgeous redbrick Victorian mansion located in the middle of well-heeled Chelsea. The hotel is bordered by quaint streets to the front and a bucolic private square at the back, finding itself in a quiet spot close to the appealing Sloane Square. Inspiring a loyal following, the hotel is the quintessential home away from home, promoting a warm relationship between staff and guests.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Going the extra mile, the hotel serves complimentary tea, Champagne and hot chocolate to guests at intervals throughout the day.


Tastefully styled rooms are decorated in warm tones with heavy pleated curtains and antique furniture. Expect to find a teddy bear on your bed — just another example of the hotel’s knack for details.

Larger suites are great for families and the hotel has a selection of in-room toys and games consoles to keep children entertained.


Smart tiled walls are brightened up by vintage patterns and antique vanity basins. Dual shower tubs are the perfect place to relax before the 6pm call for Champagne in the drawing room.


Ornate cornicing lines the drawing room that acts as the hotel’s main public area. Recline on one of the sofas with a book from the small library or simply enjoy the regal interior with your complimentary tea and biscuits.


Breakfast is an additional charge and you can order from a choice of continental or cooked breakfast. A room service menu serves a selection of dishes to the bedrooms, and the hotel hosts daily afternoon tea for those in the mood for finger sandwiches, cake and scones.


Getting Around

Close to some of the most stylish boutiques in the city, there’s plenty of opportunity for shopping in Chelsea. You can walk to any of Harrods, the Conran Shop or Sloane Square from the hotel in minutes. Sloane Square Underground Station is home to the District Line which will take you into Central London in 12 minutes. If you need a car, the hotel runs a luxury chauffeur service for some guests. If you’re travelling a little further, Black Cab is the way to go and there are always plenty to hail on King’s Road.


Baker & Spice (6-minute walk) is a great bakery and deli with a café for simple patisserie and sandwiches. The best thing about it is the chance to sit outside and watch the people of Chelsea pass by. Serving some of the best Italian food in West London, Il Pampero (10-minute walk) in the Belgravia Hotel is a must-visit for a good pasta supper.


It might be a seafood café but you can always visit the Bibendum Oyster Bar (10-minute walk) for a glass of Champagne and forgo the shellfish. And it’s worth doing because the Michelin building is a sight worth seeing. Once a classic old Chelsea pub, The Hour Glass (11-minute walk) has upped its game and turned itself into a chic bar where the Chelsea crowd go for beer, wine and — if you can get a table — refined pub grub.


If a hotel can be labelled discerning, then that’s what we’ll call the Draycott Hotel. Refined, cozy and traditional, this once former private home offers vintage Chelsea living. We love the warmth here, from the friendly service to the small touches like the teddy bears. And then there’s the evening Champagne ritual, a social gathering that makes this the type of hotel where you’d love to get snowed in — if only it snowed in London.


Family, Service
35 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes


Phones: 020-7730–0236

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