“An irresistible rustic-luxe city enclave with a buzzy restaurant and cool cocktail bar”
Oodles of theatrical dining fun soon followed in the ground-floor restaurant, where we watched the chefs prepare flavourful fusion dishes. Of course, London’s shops and sights are all within easy reach, but on this particular winter’s night, as we explored the well-researched wine list, we couldn’t think of anywhere else we'd rather be...
- Stylish and indulgent rooms - spring for a suite or The Loft to get a huge tub, too!
- The restaurant and bar are destinations in their own right and great fun
- A handy location just 5 minutes from Victoria Station (but tucked away on a peaceful sidestreet)
- The genuinely warm and friendly staff made us feel instantly at home
- Happy hour at the bar is a treat: £5 cocktails and free nibbles - a real bargain for London
- Better suited to couples than families - though all are welcome
- The Small rooms are just that - best for budget-minded or solo travellers
- Some may find the restaurant a little loud or informal, but we loved its energy!
- There isn't a lot going on around the hotel, so it's not ideal for those that want to be in the heart of the action
- Full payment is required upon reservation
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
Regency meets rustic in the bedrooms, where Farrow & Ball greys sit alongside exposed brickwork, and battered leather armchairs hold heritage check cushions. Most rooms are fairly compact, crashpad-style spaces, but indulgences come in the form of other-worldly kingsize mattresses, 100% cotton 400-thread-count bedlinens and brick-tiled bathrooms with plate-sized rain showers.
We’d be perfectly happy in any room, but The Loft and the 2 suites are where it gets really fun! We burrowed away in the former: a pitch-ceilinged, rooftop-gazing nest with an in-room 1930s French-style tub accompanied by Bramley bath products and fluffy robes. The gentle hum of the Roberts radio and a refresher from the Smeg minibar ensured we felt instantly at home. The Club Suite veers more towards the Art Deco, while the largest and most refined of all the rooms is the Grand Suite. Here a bespoke four-poster and cast-iron tub are framed by ornate cornicing and grand sash windows. If you’re after a romantic bolthole that shows thought and flair, you won’t do better than this.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Safe box
The welcoming chic retro-loft-style restaurant, complete with exposed brick walls and copper lights, Cambridge Street, serves simply delicious fusion fare all day every day, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too. For dinner, we enjoyed scallops and miso-glazed cod, and burrata and beetroot salad, followed by chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream - the star of the show in our opinions. The wine list was both well-priced and well-researched, which we very much appreciated.
To round off a decadently delightful evening, we descended to the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar for superb cocktails. You're in safe hands with the resident mixologists, who expertly assessed our likes and dislikes before presenting a deliciously sweet yet fresh Pisco Sour. After a night of alcoholic experimentation, we were galvanised next morning by an irresistible stack of pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast, with oodles of very necessary tea and toast.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Set on a quiet residential street in Pimlico, Artist Residence is just a 5-minute walk from Victoria Station, which in turn is just 2 stops from the retail hub of Oxford Circus
- Buckingham Palace, the Tate Britain, Hyde Park and Westminster Abbey are all within a 20-minute walk of the hotel
- For evening entertainment, the Apollo Victoria Theatre is just 10 minutes away
- London is, of course, a vibrant and exciting city awash with many more things to see and do - check out a few of our favourites on the destination guide
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Although all ages are welcome, we feel the cool city vibe and stylised restaurant and bar are best suited to adult guests.
Babies (0-1 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Medium rooms, The Loft and the suites can hold a baby cot, but no extra beds are available. Children must be aged 12+ to stay in their own room.
Artist Residence London is in Pimlico, central London.
Most scheduled airlines fly into London Heathrow (25km) or London Gatwick (48km). London Stansted and London Luton are also well serviced. You could take a taxi from all airports, but it's expensive and London has excellent public transport links from all airports (see below).
Artist Residence London is a 5-minute walk from both Victoria station and Pimlico tube station, and 15 minutes from Sloane Square. International Eurostar trains arrive at St Pancras station, an easy tube ride from the hotel.
Coach services usually arrive at Victoria station, just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. These are often much cheaper - but considerably slower - than the train.
Driving around London is generally best avoided, however, car hire is possible. There are car parks near the hotel but be aware that they incur a charge and you may also be affected by the London congestion charge.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to the UK and getting around
- London Heathrow 25.0 km LHR
- London Gatwick 48.0 km LGW
- Beach 90.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km