The illustrious corners of Chelsea have long charmed the world with their art, luxury, and affluence. Commanding an enviable address just off the storied Sloane Square, One Sloane is the brainchild of an unparalleled collaboration between the legendary hotelier, Costes, the master of design, François-Joseph Graf, and the Cadogan Estate, with its majestic legacy spanning three centuries.
The hotel’s façade at 1 Sloane Gardens is a historical passage that takes you back to 1889, bearing the blueprint of architect Edwin Thomas Hall. Yet, behind this time-honoured facade lies a modern marvel. An ambitious six-year architectural undertaking has melded history with luxury, preserving the timeless exterior while gifting the interior with an edifice that matches the modern-day renaissance of luxury hospitality.
A spectrum of 700 lights, a blend of original Benson lamps and meticulous replicas, cast a warm glow over the property. Antique furniture, painstakingly restored, sits proudly amidst the contemporary, paying homage to a bygone era while embracing the future. A particularly delightful touch is the whimsical naming convention for certain elements, such as the ‘Mistress Door’ or the ‘Love’ switch controls. These playful monikers, juxtaposed against the grandeur of the establishment, infuse the space with an air of whimsy.
Graf’s vision is palpable in every nook and corner. His dedication to marrying the historic elements with modern enhancements is evident in the myriad designs sprawled across the establishment. A tapestry of 21 carpet designs, 19 curtains, and a spectrum of 50 custom-made fabrics–each room, each corner, and each vista in One Sloane is a testament to bespoke luxury.
The pièce de résistance, however, lies atop the magnificent structure. The top-floor restaurant, a luminous tribute to the ‘Peacock Room’ by the renowned local artist Whistler, promises a culinary and visual feast. From the elegant cupola to the panoramic views of Chelsea, it is poised to become the new epicentre of culinary excellence in London, with Parisian culinary masterpieces on the menu.
Yet, for those seeking a slice of Paris in the heart of London, the downstairs lounge beckons. With a ‘speakeasy’ vibe and an exclusive entrance on Holbein Place, it promises nights of lavish cocktails, exquisite wines, and enchanting melodies from the resident DJ–all illuminated under the gentle glow of soft lighting and flickering candles. Graf has a simple vision for One Sloane: to transform it into the epitome of an English guest house, reminiscent of the grandeur of British aristocracy yet intimate like a private dwelling.
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