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Artist Residence London

London, United Kingdom

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

Even casual doodlers are welcome at boutique hotel Artist Residence London, a rakish 10-bedroom retreat in prim Pimlico. One could well imagine Francis Bacon or Lucien Freud spattering paint on the cosy rooms’ reclaimed wooden boards or ruminating in the Loft’s bed, which has a field-gate for a headboard. Add tastefully shabby touches – tea-crate drawers, milking-stools, antler chandeliers – pop prints and animal etchings and you have a new muse to inspire your own abode. And, the Cellar bar's painting-themed libations will awaken a whole new appreciation of art.

Artist Residence London

52 Cambridge Street London, SW1V 4OOUnited Kingdom

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

A bottle of Bramley body wash

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability, for £20 an hour. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates do not include breakfast. A-la-carte options run from a freshly baked croissant to eggs Benedict.

FACILITIES

Lounge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts radio, mini fridges, kettle with a selection of Joe's teas, Nespresso coffee machine, biscuits, bathrobes and slippers, and Bramley natural bath products. Medium rooms and the Loft have mini Smeg fridges; and the Loft, Club Suite and Grand Suite have Nespresso coffee machines.

PACKING TIPS

Adhere to the vintage aesthetic and use a battered London A-Z to navigate your way around town – the beloved guide is much more fun to fumble with than Google Maps.

ECO-FRIENDLY

The hotel uses eco-friendly cleaning products, waste is recycled and room lights switch off when guests leave. Furnishings are made of reclaimed and salvaged materials too (such as the wardrobe doors made from delivery pallets).

ALSO

Hypo-allergenic bedding is available on request.
Spark up a salon of sorts in the cosy lounge, where patrons can sink into a mish-mash of kilim-print and scarlet-velvet couches. Hunt down the tucked-away treasures of the connoisseur owners’ art collection; we spied Pure Evil’s Warhol pastiches, the Connor Brothers’ fictional pulp covers, and Dan Baldwin’s madcap montages. We especially like Dave White’s sparkly disco shark in the Club Suite’s bathroom.

USEFUL INFORMATION

For group bookings for 5 or more rooms please be aware that in order to secure a reservations you will need to pay in full for all rooms at the point of booking and provide a valid credit card to save on the reservation. We require 7 days notice of cancellations or amendments. These changes are only ever dependent on availability and changes or cancellations of any kind made within the 7 days period are non-refundable. All guests are to book a table ahead of their stay, so that the hotel can manage social distancing.

Rooms 

The Loft is a pocket-sized pied-à-terre with extrovert style. A chandelier made of antlers hangs from the vaulted ceiling, the king-size bed’s headboard is a field gate and the wood-lined ensuite has a bath tub custom-made in French Thirties style. The Grand Suite’s emerald sofas and four-poster add an air of vintage romance; and if you’re a struggling artist, go for the Medium rooms, which are bigger than Small Plus, and have mini Smeg fridges to raid.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The Clubhouse – a laidback hub for socialising or working – is dressed in the Artist Residence's unique style, with bold artwork covering the walls, neon signs, an avant garde chandelier and comfy mismatched seating. Enjoy breakfasts of smashed avo or stacked pancakes, lunches of buttermilk chicken burgers or mac and cheese with truffle-and-hazelnut pesto, and dinners of corn-fed chicken with salsify and girolles or barbecue-glazed short-rib. There's a small terrace out front for when the weather's warmer, too.

Liquid Bliss 

In a hotel bedecked with ballsy artwork, the intimate Clubhouse bar – set in the cellar – is a super-cool hangout. The bar’s covered in covetable artwork including Andy Doig's neons and street-art-style pieces by Pure Evil, and the cocktail edit is a masterpiece too. In the café upstairs, take your pick of a worldly wine selection or crack open an icy Estrella Damm or Kirin Ichiban. And there's an outdoor terrace to take your tipple on.

Experience the Extraordinary 

There’s little to do in the hotel beyond snoozing and snacking; and London awaits you. Make a beeline for Buckingham Palace to nose around the Queen’s state rooms, followed by a whistle-stop tour around Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament – stopping to look up at Big Ben – and bustle about Trafalgar Square’s sculpture-graced plinths. See stormy Turners, pretty pre-Raphaelite paintings and delirious Dali works at Tate Britain; stop in to Chelsea Space for diverse exhibits covering pop culture, graphic design and film; and the Saatchi Gallery – a 20-minute walk away in Chelsea – will satiate modern-art fans. If you’re in the market for your own objets, head to Pimlico Road, which is lined with antique dealerships, galleries and shops selling bespoke furnishings; we like Anthony Outred for curious one-offs. Ambrose Farm’s pork pies and butter-plumped croissants from Olivier’s Bakery are some of Pimlico Road Farmers Market’s delights (every Saturday 9am–1pm). Tachbrook Street Market (Monday to Saturday, 8am–6pm) has delicacies such as ham-hock stuffed empanadas and sake-infused salmon. Lavish musicals play at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the Apollo Victoria, both a 15-minute walk from the hotel; or enjoy smoky-voiced jazz singers and a handsome cigar-smoking lounge at the Boisdale restaurant’s Belgravia outpost.

Transportation 

The hotel’s shabby-chic interiors are fronted by a Thomas Cubitt-designed Regency townhouse, on a quiet street in Pimlico. It’s close to many of London’s iconic sights; Buckingham Palace and Westminster are both a pleasant 20-minute walk away.

Planes 

The hotel is a 40-minute drive from Heathrow Airport, an hour from London Gatwick. Stansted and Luton are both just over an hour’s drive away. There are direct flights from the US and major European cities. British Airways flies direct from Japan, Singapore and Australia too. Call our Smith24 team to book your flights.

Trains 

A Gatwick Express (www.gatwickexpress.com) departs every 15 minutes, and takes just 30 minutes to reach Victoria Station: from there, the hotel is a five-minute walk. The Heathrow Express (www.heathrowexpress.com) takes 15 minutes to reach Paddington: from there, ride the Circle line to Victoria.

Automobiles 

People have been known to drive in London, but really it’s all about pounding the pavements – to happen upon off-the-beat eateries, bars and shops – and hopping on and off the Tube. Q Car Park (www.q-park.co.uk) on Cumberland Street is a five-minute walk from the hotel and costs £24 for 24 hours. Hotel guests get a 15 per cent discount.

Location

52 Cambridge Street London, SW1V 4OOUnited Kingdom

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