How to live your best bouji life (without the commitment)

Get yourself down to 11 Cadogen Gardens stat…

Get yourself down to 11 Cadogen Gardens stat…

Why go?

We all know that Instagram life isn’t actual real life. Settings are faked, filters are used, those new designer bags are probably just ‘loans’ about to be returned to store, but, if you want to live that bouji lifestyle IRL, may we suggest checking in to opulent surrounds of 11 Cadogen Gardens where you can live out your ultimate baller lifestyle in the heart of Chelsea.

The room

If you want to feel like you’ve walked onto the set of a period drama, check in to the Sloane Suite – it’s 120sq metres of pure Downton Abbey opulence; think tall ceilings, white and gold panelled walls, a separate drawing room and bay windows overlooking the leafy streets of Chelsea.

If you’re staying with a group and don’t want the faff of having to pace the halls to find your friends, there’s the option to be connected to two suites on the ground floor - with a private entrance - so that you can pretend that it’s your very own pad. See? Fancy.

Pop open the bottle of complimentary Taittinger and nestle into the huge sitting room, furnished with sofa seating for seven and dotted with antiques, books and some rather unique mirrors.

Then saunter down your own hallway (yes, there’s an actual hallway) to the double bedroom filled with ornate furniture in a gold and black palette. Chandeliers, a canopied four poster bed and more room than a one-bed flat in London, it’s luxurious to say the least.

It boasts the usual mod cons (a Nespresso machine, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary WiFi and 24 hour room service), but, most importantly, it’s the perfect backdrop for an impromptu Instagram shoot. Settle in and get ready to capture a LOT of content for your feed.

The bathroom

Yep, the bathroom's that good that it deserves its own section. It is contrastingly modern, complete with a double sink, free-standing bath and rainfall shower. You know you’re in luxury when you’re surrounded by this much marble. Swathes of black and white marble cover the entire room save for the huge mirrors which, not that it's needed, give the illusion of much more space. If that wasn’t enough, the highlight would be the rather fabulous toiletries by way of British luxury fragrance house Ormonde Jayne, the scent of which "Isfarkand" a heady blend of pink pepper, moss and vetiver, just so happens to be our Associate editor's favourite fragrance ever. We implore you to visit the boutique in Mayfair’s Royal Arcade.

The food

Let's be real here, when you're in a room that's that amazing (and has fluffly robes), you're really not going to want to leave. The only solution: room service. It might come as a shocker to you that the food is also excellent. Whether you're in the mood for healthy food or something a little naughty, there is something to suit everyone. We tried the hot salmon with goat's cheese emulsion, burrata, the burger with chips and the cheese platter and can confirm it was all excellent. If you have space for desert (there's always space), then the chocolate tart or the churros get our vote.

You can also sample the lovely food in the restaurant and sip a cocktail at the bar, should you wish.

How to book

Rooms from £250 per night (includes complimentary WiFi, nespresso machine, still & sparkling water). Book online or by calling 020 7730 7000. Address: 11 Cadogan Gardens, Sloane Square, Chelsea SW3 2RJ

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.