Our series editor Fiona Duncan was initially thrown by the dark and sultry interior of 11 Cadogan Gardens, seemingly out of step with its homely Chelsea address. However, its glossy opulence - all shadowy lighting and black wood pannelling - began to grow on her, while the impeccable service from William, and legendary concierge Richie was Chelsea through and through.

Where other top hotels standardize bedrooms, these are all individual: both stately and homely, with beautiful marble bathrooms. Downtairs you'll find the Mirror Room - a genius concoction of gilt-and-glass - as well as their glossy bar. The brand new restaurant, Hans' Bar & Grill is inspired by its namesake Hans Sloane, and is open daily, serving an all-day seasonal menu.