Grand Designs: The Best Art Hotels in London
Desperate to impress a first date? In need of a culture fix and a long gossip, martini in hand? Or, dreaming of a treat night away from home following the festive frenzy?
Then, art lovers, cocktail sippers and jet-set travellers rejoice! Our ultimate insider's guide to the very best art hotels in London is just what you're looking for.
With artfully designed rooms, Instagrammable interiors, and on-trend bars and restaurants, these boutique hotels give traditional luxury – and, even the city's best museums and galleries – a run for their money.
Now, all you have to do is book.
If you are prepared to meander slightly off the beaten track, the Artist Residence in Pimlico is well worth your time and effort. Not pretentious or super swanky, the interior spaces, which include a boutique hotel, restaurant, bar, café area and private dining room, are instead elegant, tasteful and decorated in a way that make you feel completely at home.
The art on the walls of the restaurant upstairs is painstakingly chosen by owners and interior-design power duo Charlotte and Justin. Downstairs boasts a cocktail bar turned temporary exhibition space, which exhibits new works by contemporary artists represented by Soho mainstay, Lawrence Alkin Gallery.
While the original Artist Residence in Brighton is quite the bohemian hang-out, the London branch is a little more sophisticated, attracting those across the city with an eye for aesthetically inspiring interiors and an appetite for good grub.
If you're in the market for a weekend away outside of London, it's worth checking out their recently opened Oxfordshire hotel, too.