The front façade of the Cadogan Hotel in London // (c) 2012 Cadogan Hotel
The front façade of the Cadogan Hotel in London // (c) 2012 Cadogan Hotel

The London Underground is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

When the London Underground opened on Jan. 9, 1863 locals wondered how a train would be able to run underground. Today, London’s tube network transports more than 1.2billion passengers each year.

To celebrate the worthy accomplishment, the Cadogan hotel has created a special drink, the ‘Piccadilly Line’ cocktail.

The Cadogan, one of London’s prestigious Knightsbridge hotels, also has a long and distinguished history (although the tube was already firmly established by the time the Cadogan opened in 1887.)

The front façade of the Cadogan Hotel in London // (c) 2012 Cadogan Hotel
The front façade of the Cadogan Hotel in London // (c) 2012 Cadogan Hotel

The hotel was once the home of Lillie Langtry, the famous actress and close “friend” of King Edward VII.  Additionally, Oscar Wilde was a frequent visitor to the Cadogan, and he always stayed in room 118.

Built by William Willett, the hotel features 64 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a restaurant, and private meeting rooms.