The Lillie Langtry Suite at The Cadogan Hotel
March is a month that celebrates women. The 8th marked International Women’s Day and the 30th honours Mothers in the United Kingdom.
Our leading lady Lillie Langtry was certainly a woman to be celebrated. When she left the island of Jersey, the place in which she was born, and made her way to London she quickly became the toast of the town – strong-minded, strong-willed, smart and beautiful.
She lived in a property at 21, Pont Street in Knightsbridge, before it was absorbed into The Cadogan Hotel. In true Lillie style, she sold her home to the hotel owners, on the understanding that she could keep her bedroom, room 109, entertain guests and eat free of charge in the hotel’s restaurant.
A famous actress of her time and many an artist’s muse, her sense of humour, intelligence and striking violet eyes quickly and somewhat unsurprisingly caught the attention of the Albert Edward ‘Bertie’ the Prince of Wales, son of Queen Victoria. Although she was married at the time to Edward Langtry, a wealthy land-owner, upon meeting Lillie the Price was captivated by her. It is said that he stated she was ‘unlike any woman he had met before’.
The Prince was well-known for his philandering and it was common knowledge that he only kept married women as his mistresses. With Edward Langtry otherwise engaged on trips away, planned cunningly by the Prince’s friends, Lillie became Bertie’s mistress exclusively.
During her time at The Cadogan Hotel, where she entertained the future King of England, Lille Langtry became close friends with Irish play write and author, Oscar Wilde, whom also stayed at The Cadogan frequently in room 118. Wilde said of Lillie, “I would rather have discovered Lillie Langtry then America”. In his typical flamboyant fashion, he would walk the streets with bunches of Lillies declaring he was going to meet the new Helen of Troy.
Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to a special evening, living like Lillie in her old bedroom.
Rates in The Lillie Langtry Suite from £290 inclusive of Champagne afternoon tea for two and full English breakfast in Salon Langtry.
Call our reservations team on +44 (0)20 7235 7141 and quote ‘Spring Promotion’.