Member of the Week | Cadogan
Cadogan is a property manager, investor and developer with a 300-year history that informs its dynamic approach to estate management.
The foundations of the estate were established in 1717, when Charles, Baron Cadogan married Elizabeth Sloane, daughter of Sir Hans Sloane, who had purchased the Manor of Chelsea in 1712.
Today, it spans a 93-acre area of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, and the family’s stewardship continues in the hands of the present Viscount Chelsea. London’s most stylish neighbourhood, it is renowned for its mix of world-class flagships, characterful independent shops, thriving arts scene, restaurants, great pubs, iconic hotels and stunning homes –against a backdrop of rich history, elegant architecture and beautiful green spaces.
Chelsea is the epicentre of high-end London shopping. Commissioned by Charles, 1stEarl Cadogan in the 18thCentury, Sloane Street has evolved into one of the most exclusive retail destinations. Impressive flagship stores –including designers Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Emilia Wickstead, Giambattista Valli, Balenciaga and Hermès–line a catwalk stretching from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square. In partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, an enhancement of Sloane Street’s public realm is proposed, creating a greener, even more elegant streetscape.
From the dazzling international flagship stores lining Sloane Street, to buzzing Sloane Square, Duke of York Square and along the iconic King’s Road, Cadogan manages its retail and leisure portfolio in the context of the wider community, continually evolving the area’s vibrancy and charm for those who live, work and shop here.
One of the most recent developments was the creation of the gourmet food haven on Pavilion Road, tucked away behind Sloane Square. Following a local consultation, a ‘village heart’ featuring independent artisans has been established. Among the highlights are a cheesemonger, butcher, baker, greengrocer, fishmonger, ice-cream shop, wine merchant, general store, barber, stationer and three new restaurants including Wulf & Lamb, a vegan restaurant that won a Time Out Love London Award for Best Restaurant in Chelsea, voted for by local people.
Plans are also afoot to energise the world-famous King’s Road even further, including a major new development opposite Chelsea Town Hall, which will complete in 2022 and include an independent cinema, large pub, rooftop bar and retail space for both flagship brands and community use.
Chelsea has a rich cultural heritage as a haven for artists, authors, musicians and designers, from Dante Gabriel Rossetti to The Rolling Stones. Thanks in large part to Cadogan’s long-term commitment to protecting the area’s heritage and character, Chelsea remains a hive of world-class artistic endeavour, home to major institutions of contemporary theatre, art and music, among them the Saatchi Gallery, a world-leading gallery housing one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in a beautiful listed building. The Royal Court Theatre pioneers new work by innovative writers, and Cadogan Hall, a converted Byzantine-style church, is now one of London’s leading concert venues and home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. An active community events programme includes Chelsea in Bloom, which extends the famous Chelsea Flower Show out into the local neighbourhood; Strawberries and Screen, Wimbledon screenings at Duke of York Square; and a colourful annual Summer Fete.
Stewardship and community are the watchwords of the estate. Over the years, the Cadogan family has donated millions to local and national charitable concerns, along with land and buildings around Chelsea for schools, social housing, churches, the Town Hall, fire station and a hospital. For 300 years, Cadogan has been at the heart of Chelsea, contributing to a vibrant and inspiring area through active stewardship. Over the next 300, Cadogan aims to encourage its evolution, while preserving the rich heritage and identity that makes Chelsea unique.