Designed to appeal to a contemporary clientele, the quirky Artist Residence is a ten-room hotel that, unsurprisingly, dedicates plenty of attention to artistic endeavors. The best thing about the hotel is its rough around the edges charm, its style all about building on its gorgeous original features like the exposed brickwork and rustic wooden floorboards and pairing them with eccentric, creative details in a bid to inspire whoever stays here.
YOU SHOULD KNOW With no gym or pool, guests will have to make do with ping pong in terms of amenities.
Steel framed beds, framed graphic poster prints and salvaged furniture create a sophisticated yet youthful style in the individually designed rooms. Walls are left neutral in some rooms, while in others you’ll find exposed brick or rustic wooden panelling. Budding artists and writers will be encouraged to forge on with their masterpiece at the vintage desks in some rooms.
Keeping up with the rest of the hotel, the bathrooms are equally cool thanks to their array of subway tiles, gilt mirrors and luxe paint jobs. Where luxury is often spoken of in terms of price point, the Artist Residence manages to create its own opulence with well sourced antique finds and charming original details.
The check in desk may be cramped in a corner but once guests get past the formalities the hotel’s inherent hospitality appears in the shape of a basement lounge space filled with battered looking sofas and cozy armchairs. Oh, and ping pong too.
The trendy Cambridge Street Restaurant is an all-day space that serves an adventurous menu of modern European dishes. Book for brunch and eat ham hock eggs benedict bathed in the great light that floods through the large windows.
Saturday is Bottomless Brunch day, so make the most of bottomless Bloody Mary and mimosas—because you're on vacation, right?
Transformed from an old pub into its current form, the erstwhile beer cellar is now the hotel’s basement cocktail bar, the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar. Drinks are inspired by films, so this might be the first time you’ve drank an "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." However, don’t be fooled by the goofy names, these cocktails are of a serious standard.
Close enough to the West End sights to be convenient, yet far enough away to feel like you’re in an area of London with actual Londoners, the hotel’s position in Pimlico is extremely well connected. A short walk to Victoria grants access to a range of Tube lines, as well as national rail. The quiet neighbourhood is best explored on foot, with the twin brick towers of Battersea Power Station guiding you towards the River where evening strolls are certainly encouraged.
The Cambridge Street Restaurant is a great hang out spot but when it’s time to explore the area, About Thyme (6-minute walk) is a good place to find contemporary European cuisine in a relaxed, no fuss atmosphere. The Orange Public House (8-minute walk) is a good-looking gastro pub that does supreme classics and offers a nearby spot for a Sunday Roast.
Tartan banquets, chunky wooden tables and velvet clothed bar stools tell you that the Marquis of Westminster (4-minute walk) is a pub that knows what it’s doing. Go here for drinks at the end of a long walk and then keep the night going in the basement cocktail bar with dance floor. For something more refined, visit Scottish bar, Boisdale (8-minute walk), and sample from the vast whisky menu.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The artistic aesthetics and emphasis on style and creativity do nothing to divert from the Artist Residence’s quality as a great boutique hotel. Not overly fussy, this quirky residence is a big favorite in an underappreciated part of the city.