Cadogan HotelEdit profile
The Cadogan Hotel (pronounced /kəˈdɒɡən/) is a hotel located in Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London, England that was built in 1887.
The Earls Cadogan, via their company Cadogan Estates have owned Sloane Street and the surrounding area for many generations.
The private garden houses tennis courts, a jogging track, and a children's playground. Its restaurant offers modern British cuisine with a French influence. There is a cocktail bar and afternoon tea is served in the drawing room.
Lillie Langtry, famous actress and close friend of Edward VII, lived at 21 Pont Street from 1892 to 1897. Long after she had sold the house, Lillie would stay in her old bedroom, by then a part of the hotel. A blue plaque commemorates this.
Shortly after opening, the hotel became infamous for the arrest of Oscar Wilde on 6 April 1895, in room no. 118. He was charged with "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" (a euphemism for any sex between males) under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. Despite pleas by friends to flee the country, Wilde chose to stay and was found guilty and served two years hard labour. The events in the room were immortalised by the poet laureate John Betjeman in his tragic poem The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel.