Artist Residence London

Pimlico, London, United Kingdom Book from

MOST DIVINE FOR DRINKS MOST DIVINE FOR DRINKS
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 from our bar-style seats. 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

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!
  • A sizeable deposit 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

Artist Residence London is the third venture from hoteliers Charlie and Justin, and we'd recommend checking out their 2 more bohemian branches in Brighton and Penzance. A slight departure from the understated artwork on show in their London outpost, these great-value siblings feature colourful mural walls created by various local artists.

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • 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: Medium

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. For dinner we enjoyed pickled herring with pear and yuzu, and duck egg on oyster mushrooms, followed by crispy quail egg on soba noodles and radish, and Dover sole. Buttermilk pannacotta and rhubarb crumble were savoured for dessert. 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 me with a deliciously sweet yet fresh Pisco Sour - easily my new favourite tipple. After a night of alcoholic experimentation, we were galvanised next morning by an irresistible egg benedict and poached eggs with avocado and chilli on rye 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:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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