They’re generally excellent places for drawing attention.
Yet this boutique hotel is the definition of a hidden gem; planted inconspicuously amongst the lower-grade hotels of Pimlico, it’s a gloriously furnished bohemian bolthole tucked behind an unassuming facade.
You’ll recognise it by the striped awnings heralding the (fantastic) ground floor restaurant, but the upper floors are a private retreat, surprisingly well-placed for some of London’s best bits. Here’s how it all breaks down:
It may not be the most central of lodgings, but a few minutes of walking will take you right to Victoria station, and London’s speediest tube line. And while the surrounding area is fairly subdued – perfect if you’re after some proper R&R – venturing a little further, you’ll be met with some of London’s oldest and greatest museums, tourist spots like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, the brand spanking new dining complex that is NOVA, and various independent eateries, including the wine-focussed Lorne.
Each of the rooms has been given painstaking individual attention by the owners, each sporting sunlight-spilling sash windows, lofty ceilings and eclectic vintage furnishings picked up at antique fairs and flea markets. Depending on your budget, you could find yourself with anything from a reused field gate headboard to a free-standing, claw-foot bathtub – but they all come with the little luxuries of fluffy robes and slippers, Allpress coffee and Jing teas, and room service during restaurant hours.
THE FOOD AND DRINK
Said restaurant, the Cambridge Street Kitchen, is an intimate spot worthy of both candlelit date nights and al fresco brunches. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are plated up on a neon-lit dining counter overlooking the open kitchen, or on tables with plush banquette seating, where you’ll be able to tuck into full English breakfasts and shakshouka by day, and hearty dishes like venison haunch with salsify and chestnut by night. After which, you might care to stretch your legs, head downstairs, and sink a cinematically themed cocktail or two in the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar.
As one of their four hotels across England, the Artist Residence’s owners are clued up on what makes a good stay. It’s a sociable spot where you can while away an afternoon by the open fire in their lounge, hit the ping pong table, or sign up to one of their regular drinks tastings, craft workshops, or live music nights.
The only problem with Artist Residence?
It’s a place you could easel-y get used to…
NOTE: Rooms at the Artist Residence start at £230 a night (breakfast not included) – you can find out more and book on their website HERE.
Artist Residence | 52 Cambridge Street, SW1V 4QQ
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