Artist Residence London

Pimlico, London, United Kingdom Book from Book from £140 per night

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An irresistible rustic-luxe city enclave with a buzzy restaurant and cool cocktail bar
Have you ever tried avocado lemonade? No, neither had we until we stayed at Artist Residence London. Given the name, you might expect a focus on creative décor - and with original Eine artworks, bespoke beds and vintage-inspired bathrooms, there is - but there’s more to this proud Georgian townhouse than looks. Soon after check-in we descended to the basement cocktail den where the resident mixologist matched us to our ideal tipples before regaling us with tales of his latest infusion experiments. Peking duck whiskey, celery bitters and the aforementioned avocado lemonade - honestly the most refreshing aperitif we’ve ever tasted!

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...

Highs

  • 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

Lows

  • 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

You don't need us to tell you that London is a hive of activity all year round, but we will say that Artist Residence is a particularly great winter hideaway thanks to its cosy bar and restaurant, and excellent shopping year-round. That said, if you're hoping for good weather, aim for late spring or summer.

Our top tips

If you're staying at the weekend, there's a delightful little farmer's market that takes place in nearby Orange Square every Saturday morning. Pick up gourmet treats such as artisan breads, tarts and seasonal fruits.

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

The welcoming chic retro-loft-style restaurant, complete with exposed brick walls and copper lights, The Cambridge Street Kitchen, 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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Although all ages are welcome, we feel the cool city vibe and stylised restaurant and bar are best suited to adult guests.

Best for:

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.

Kid Friendly: Small Plus

Location

Artist Residence London is in Pimlico, central London.

By Air:
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).

By Train:
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.

By Coach:
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.

By Car:
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

Airports:

  • London Heathrow 25.0 km LHR
  • London Gatwick 48.0 km LGW

Other:

  • Beach 90.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
8/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
Overall

The room was really nice and our dinner was excellent but we left feeling quite let down. The milk was off in our room so although we were gasping for a cup of tea we had to wait 30 mins.
All in all, for the money it cost, I wouldn't recommend it.

6/10,

Wonderfully designed room. Excellent shower. The division between the two mattresses in the king bed could have done with a top mattress to lessen dent. But that was a minor discomfort which was made up for by all the rest.

9/10,

Great, stylish hotel, friendly and helpful staff and excellent food.

9/10,

Very nice room and bathroom with it's products. The location is quite far from anything interesting but nice and quiet.

8/10,

Only minor negative was a slamming door which kept us awake a little, but otherwise a great hotel with very helpful staff. The food was fab, as were the cocktails.

9/10,

Reception staff were a little cold but restaurant staff were much more engaging. Staff left a little box of Rococo chocolates on our bed as it was our wedding anniversary - a nice little surprise. A beautiful room; far too good to be described as shabby chic. Easy to park car at weekends as free, lots of spaces and parking permit not required. Restaurant in the hotel is excellent. Pimlico is a great location - easy access to the heart of London whilst the area itself is quiet. You can walk to Tate Britain - a great gallery.

8/10,

An amazing hotel. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. A lovely lively vibe in the bar and restaurant and the décor / rooms are beautifully done. Also a very good location in a quiet area. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

10/10,

Friendly and helpful front desk. One of the most beautiful rooms we've ever stayed in and the cafe downstairs is lovely, serving an excellent breakfast and good coffee. Excellent on all accounts. Our expectations were high, and we were not disappointed. Thank you for a lovely stay!

10/10,

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