Luxury boutique hotel No.11 Cadogan Gardens is tucked away just behind Sloane Square, in the opulent residential streets of Chelsea. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, No.11 Cadogan Gardens is a decadent and eccentrically designed property that more than lives up to its 5-star status.
When we entered the hotel, we were amazed at it's dark atmosphere and busy Victoriana-style furnishings. There are hidden corners, obscured staircases and narrow corridors filled with photographs and antique treasures just waiting to be discovered. It has all the looks of a very exclusive establishment; but has very friendly and welcoming staff; especially the doorman.
We settled down for Afternoon Tea (£22 per person) in the Drawing Room just off of the reception. It's opulent cream decor was a marked contrast to the deep reds and blacks of the foyer rooms and corridors.
After choosing our teas (we opted for the non-adventurous; but delicious English Breakfast Tea), our cake and sandwich stand arrived.
The top layer had cupcakes, miniature chocolate cakes, and the highlight of the whole event- miniature creme brulees. Underneath were the most amazing freshly baked scones in both fruit and plain. It is so good to see this option being given; as so often it is just fruit scones (the curse of a sultana-hater). Along with the scones came a nice selections of jams and clotted cream.
The bottom layer of the stand contained a large selection of delicious sandwiches; including smoked salmon and cream cheese, mature cheddar, and ham with mustard. The sandwich selection varied quite considerably from what was advertised on the menu, and were presented without warning of this, so be aware if you are hoping to experience a particular variety.
We were suitably stuffed and could not finish everything. The baking is of excellent quality, and we would most definitely return- even just for the creme brulees alone. Afternoon Tea is served in the hotel from 3pm-5pm, and more information can be found on the hotel's website www.no11cadogangardens.com.