Artist Residence Pimlico

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The third hotel from the hands of dynamic duo Justin and Charlie Salisbury –following their Artist Residences in Brighton and Penzance – was once just a down-at-heel local boozer. Together, with enthusiasm, hard work and artistic flair, they’ve transformed it into a charming, affordable London hotel with bags of character. On three elegant floors, it has ten comfortably rustic bedrooms and two fabulous suites, all imaginatively decorated and furnished with quirky, cleverly sourced finds. There’s a moody and glamorous bar tucked away in the basement that comes alive at night, serving drinks inspired by cult movies like Kill Bill, which comes with a black vanilla sugar stripe, or The Departed, a cocktail so lethal it’s limited to two per person. And taking centre stage is the Cambridge Street Kitchen, a welcoming social space by day, serving brunch, cold-pressed juices and Workshop coffee, which transforms into a modern restaurant at night. Even better, a separate entrance for hotel guests means there’s no awkward check-in at the bar.

Rates: Doubles from £215

Contact: +44 (0)20 3019 8610