Experiencing the Cadogan Estate in Autumn – a property lawyer’s perspective
Last month I was invited, along with some of the other new members of our real estate team, to participate in a tour of the Cadogan Estate. The Estate covers 93 acres of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and includes residential properties, offices and retail space. As legal advisers to Cadogan, it is important for our team members to experience the sights and sounds of this historic estate first-hand and hear from Cadogan’s asset management team about their vision for the future.
Heading from the north-end of Sloane Street, a sought-after location for high-end fashion brands such as Versace, Valentino and Tom Ford, we learned how Cadogan has been attracting visitors post-lockdown and creating new vibrancy.
The Estate already boasts an impressive array of restaurants, cafes and bars but ‘The Village’ recently opened by Anya Hindmarch on Pont Street has introduced a complete destination for visitors. One that stood out for me was The Plastic Shop which focuses on sustainability and the reduction of plastic consumption through various collections that demonstrate the circularity of materials.
The team at Cadogan plan to broaden the food and drink offering available on Sloane Street further, as it recognises the importance for residents and visitors to have places to relax, come together and enjoy delicious food. As well as improving the look of the street and creating a more enjoyable experience for pedestrians by resurfacing and widening the pavements, the Estate is also keen to reduce its environmental impact by tackling local issues such as air pollution and plans to line Sloane Street with many more trees.
As we made our way towards Sloane Square and Duke of York Square, it was interesting to see how well Cadogan have adapted and transformed space to create pleasant outdoor areas where people can come together. Pavilion Road just off Sloane Square has been pedestrianised and transformed into a vibrant and bustling hub lined with rainbow bunting, outdoor seating and filled with independent artisan food outlets as well as restaurants and cafes.
Finally, we approached the King’s Road where I was very impressed by the sheer range of businesses which call this famous street home including those in the food, beauty and fashion industries.
The tour was a fantastic and interactive way to learn more about the Estate and Cadogan’s visionary plans for the future. Thank you to Lorna Pepper, Luke Hamilton Jones, Sophie Coghlan, Pablo Pimienta, Louisa Holmes and Nadia Loza for showing us around and explaining their fantastic work securing the future of this unique area of London.