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Gardens has been refurbished to combine the lat- est facilities and technologies with the architec- tural features and style of a romantic, bygone era. The gym is fitted with high-performance physi- cal fitness facilities, and all equipment have touch screen TVs and radio monitors. There is a lovely library off the main lobby, where you can enjoy a drink before dining at Tartufo, the hotel’s signature restaurant. Chef Manuel Oliveri offers an exquisite contempo- rary menu which is light and inventive. He uses the freshest ingredients, from seasonal truffles and homemade breads to Wiltshire cured ba- con served at breakfast. For those who wish to shop, the fashionable houses of Tom Ford, Alberta Ferretti, Prada and Club Monaco line Sloane Street. Harrods Department Store, the Saatchi Gallery, the Victoria and Albert and Natural History and Science Museums are all a short distance away. 11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, London. www.no11cadogangardens.com THE LONDON EDITION The Edition group of hotels is the creation of Ian Schrager, a constant trendsetter in the hotel industry. Schrager has partnered with Marriott International to create an expanding group of

Thierry Despont, each of the hotel’s guest- rooms is immaculate and spacious, with such amenities as freestanding showers and mirror- mounted TV screens. If you’re lucky enough to book the 9 th floor Penthouse Suite, its Art- Deco design and wrap around balcony featur- ing panoramic London cityscape views, will make for a memorable experience. For your enjoyment, a yoga DVD and mat are provided in every room, or you can work out with fitness guru Matt Roberts in a series of in-room fitness videos. The hotel also has a Fit- ness Studio open seven days a week. For those who prefer to get their exercise jogging, just walk across the street to Hyde Park for access to prime jogging terrain; for bicycling through the park, Brompton bicycles are available. If you would like a pre-dinner cocktail, head for Bar 45, and if you’re looking for a light dinner, ask for the bar menu of “Rough CUTS” by Wolfgang Puck, where you can choose from mini Kobe beef sliders to spicy tuna tartare cones. However, during your stay, you will want to sample the menu of famed restaurateur Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in Europe, CUT, with its enticing menu and vibrant interior, overseen by executive chef David McIntyre. The walls are covered with prints by British artist Damien Hurst, and the menu with its large range of offer- ings of steak, includes Wagyu/Black Angus beef from Queensland, Australia, topped off with such exquisite sauces as shallot and bor- delaise, Armagnac and green peppercorn, or creamy horseradish. The menu also includes

pan-roasted lobster, sautéed whole fresh fish and seasonal salads. The outstanding cuisine is accompanied by an exceptional wine list of over 600 wines.

45 Park Lane, London www.45parklane.com 11 CADOGAN GARDENS

Tucked away off fashionable Sloane Street in the Knightsbridge/Chelsea section of London, 11 Cadogan Gardens has a unique history dat- ing back to 1717 when Charles, the second Baron Cadogan, married Elizabeth Sloane, the daughter of Sir Hans Sloane, who had pur- chased the Manor of Chelsea in 1712. Three hundred years later, the family still owns the Estate, presided over by the present Viscount Chelsea, who succeeded his father, Earl Cado- gan, in 2012. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, behind its classic Victorian façade, 11 Cardogan Gardens resembles a grand private residence. On ascending the stairs, guests are greeted by many gilded oil portraits of distin- guished royalty and aristocrats, reminiscent of days gone by. The hotel is very English in feeling with lifts that open with old-fashioned wrought iron gates. Upon entering one of the 54 elegant rooms or suites, which incorporate an array of rich colors throughout, one’s eye is drawn to the plush brocade fabrics, gilt edged mirrors and Murano glass chandeliers that add to the glamorous ambiance of this historic building. For those who wish to work out, 11 Cardogan


ultra-chic Edition Hotels, a lifestyle brand that offers guests a chic and modern space that just feels right, whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure. The rooms are luxurious, modern and outfitted with marble baths and the most in- spiring mini bar ever. The London Edition has a fascinating backstory beginning in 1854, when the property was developed into a row of luxury houses. At the height of the Edwardian era, 50 years later, the houses were converted into the luxurious Berners Hotel, becoming the center of London’s nightlife. Luminaries such



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