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September 2022

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My Favorite London Hotel I stayed at the Cadogan Hotel on my first visit to England as a travel writer. Even though that was many years ago, I remember the kind hospitality, the beauty of the leafy neighborhood, and the cozy pots of tea that were delivered to my room every morning. I've been back to the city a handful of times and tried other places, but on this special trip, I wanted my family to experience the hotel that still holds a place in my heart. From the taxi, I recognized the pleasant surroundings, but when I arrived at the hotel, I almost wondered if I was in the right place. "Yes," assured the staff member who greeted me, "we closed from 2014 to 2019 for a complete re-imagining." And oh my, what a difference. roughout the hotel — spacious foyer, tea lounge, restaurant, bar, spa, and 54 guest rooms — the décor is stylish, soft, understated, and elegant. Happily, guests still experience the same level of caring attention. I called the concierge from California to request help with theater tickets and he had them ready for me when I arrived. He and his team also provided sage advice on dining, shopping, and using public transport. And it wasn't just us. ey spent copious hours on the phone with airlines trying to track down guests' missing luggage (which made me glad I only had a carry-on). e Cadogan is an easy walk from Hyde Park, where families can rent pedal boats on the Serpentine or play in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Across the street from the hotel, guests have access to a private park with tennis courts, swings, and plenty of room to play. Nearby, the trendy shops on King's Road are popular with teen travelers. And, everyone enjoys London's magnificent cathedrals, palaces, world- renowned museums, enormous train stations, and concert halls located in the city's grand historic buildings. ELIZABETH HANSEN Detour destinations << Staff at The Cadogan Hotel go out of their way to make guests feel at home Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell in the clock at the north end of the Houses of Parliament

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