Pimlico’s passport to luxury, boutique style, Artist Residence is a seriously cool hangout. With impeccably styled retro bedrooms, delicious food and a subterranean cellar serving up some of the coolest cocktails around, we couldn’t say no to a one night stopover in this surprisingly affordable hotel. Here’s what we thought…
The vibe… An intimate offering but one that doesn’t lack in style and sophistication, Artist Residence is a beautiful ten-bedroom boutique retreat nestled in the heart of Pimlico. Taking influence from its flagship artist-designed venue in Brighton, this chic London outpost – the third of the acclaimed Artist Residence collection – retains the same sense of eclectic style. Everything is small, glam and well-curated with reclaimed woods, industrial lighting, unique artwork and bespoke, quirky furnishings to guarantee that winning Instagram money shot.
The location… The hotel occupies a five-storey, towering Regency terrace, conveniently located on Cambridge Street in Pimlico. Just a five-minute walk from Victoria Station, you’re within easy access of central London either by bus, by tube or by foot. Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey and the museums of South Kensington are all within easy reach, if you’re keen for a day of sightseeing.
The rooms… The chic, individually designed rooms (of which there are just ten, including two suites above) are as eclectic as they come, with distressed wooden floorboards offset against quirky artwork, exposed brick and shabby touches – think upcycled tea-crate drawers, retro phones and DAB radios, milking stools, and antler chandeliers – that all add to the eccentric charm. The suites are particularly breath-taking, with chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceilings and king-sized beds adorned with field gate headboards. The Grand Suite’s emerald sofa, leather armchairs and iron four poster bed adds an air of vintage romance, as does the carved wooden drinks cabinet and the Catchpole & Rye freestanding bath tub, strategically placed beside the Victorian sash windows, with views stretching over Cambridge Street’s quiet enclave.
The food… With an ever-changing, seasonal menu, Cambridge Street Kitchen – helmed by Elliot Miller – serves up a tasty menu of fresh, seasonal classics. It’s an open style kitchen where banquettes and reclaimed wooden tables are tightly packed into an intimate space at the front of the hotel, with a copper bar taking pride of place. The restaurant is bustling and with an energetic vibe where friendly waiters waft around with trays of carefully mixed cocktails, whilst the industrious kitchen staff whip up breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings – picture everything from BBQ glazed pork belly to creamy eggs Benedict. Dinner is laid-back with a classic selection of flavoursome plates – think Parmesan Gnocchi with asparagus, peas, morrels and wild garlic; and mouth-watering Tuna Tataki with wasabi and avocado. If you find yourself stuck with your breakfast choice, the enormous stack of pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup come highly recommended.
The drinks… The hotel’s enduringly popular underground Clarendon Cocktail Bar is tucked away on the ground floor of the building, and although small in size, it doesn’t disappoint. This hipster haunt is filled almost every night of the week. The interior is New York-inspired with exposed brick walls, tin ceiling tiles and quirky pop art adornments, whilst red leather stools and low lighting add to the ambience. Cocktails are inspired by cult movies, try Scream – a heady mix of mescal, lime and cassis; Titanic – a gin-based tipple served over hand-cut ‘icebergs’ with homemade hibiscus syrup and rose tincture; or Kill Bill – a heady mix of Canadian vodka, umeshu sake, fresh ginger and homemade honey soda. Each served up with a delicious bowl of salted popcorn.
Anything else? There’s a Club Room downstairs where you can challenge friends to a game of ping pong or curl up on the comfy sofas next to the fire to slowly work your way through Clarendon’s epic cocktail list. Alternatively, The Club Room can be hired out exclusively as a private space to throw an intimate dinner party or drinks gathering.
The verdict? Sassy, chic and cool, Artist Residence offers stylish, luxury lodgings on a surprisingly modest budget. Double rooms start from £180 a night excluding breakfast, which is great value for central London, particularly when they come kitted out in AR’s signature, artistic style. If you want to get more bang for your buck on your next hotel stay, you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere cooler than this trendy Pimlico outpost.
52 Cambridge St, Pimlico, London SW1V 4QQ