In a nutshell…
It’s a Grade II-listed church that’s been revamped into a classy concert venue. The London Philharmonic calls Cadogan Hall home, but it’s also become a prime spot to catch pop icons and avant-garde innovators.
Where is it?
In the heart of Belgravia, dahling. Turn right out of Sloane Square station, go past the Royal Court theatre, down Sedding Street and you can’t miss it.
What’s the vibe? It’s a world away from venues where punters are elbowing their way to the front. Cadogan Hall is entirely seated, and its high domed ceiling creates a sense of occasion. Expect pitch-perfect acoustics, and look out for the intricate stained-glass windows – they were designed by Baron Arild Rosenkrantz, an artist who trained under Tiffany.
What makes it a great venue?
Cadogan Hall’s grandeur makes any trip here a treat, but eclectic programming has cemented it as one of London’s most special venues. St Vincent recently sparked a fan frenzy when she announced a last-minute gig here, while cult heroes like Patti Smith and The Magnetic Fields have packed out the space for intimate shows. Expect the unexpected: everyone’s dream uncle/boyfriend Jeff Goldblum is swinging by for a jazz piano set with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
What’s the booze situation?
A very reasonable £4 for a glass of house wine, or £5.50 for a spirit with mixer. Feeling fancy? A bottle of prosecco will set you back £30.
Can I expect to rub shoulders with other fancy folks?
Oh definitely, judging by the lost property punters leave behind, which tends to be a cut above – staff often get diamond earrings and wedding rings handed in, as well as the usual brollys and backpacks.