The third hotel in the hands of dynamic duo Justin and Charlie (Charlotte) Salisbury – opened after their Artist Residences in Brighton and Penzance – used to be 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 eight comfortably rustic bedrooms and two fabulous suites, all imaginatively decorated and furnished with quirky, cleverly sourced finds. There’s also a laid-back sitting room, a glamorous cocktail bar and, taking centre stage on the ground floor, the Cambridge Street Kitchen. A welcoming social space by day serving brunch, cold-pressed juices and Allpress coffee, it transforms into a modern restaurant at night. A separate entrance for hotel guests means there’s no awkward check in at the bar. A former pub is now a proper, much appreciated, if diminutive, hotel. Doubles from £180.
Name to Know: General manager Liam is a Pimliconian and who happily wax lyrical all day about the area and the most scenic ways to see London.
See: Visit the Tate Britain and wander along the Thames to Westminster.
Eat: Dinner at The Cambridge Street Kitchen which has a new team. The Tuna Tataki is particularly special.
Buy: Try a Kill Bill cocktail in the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar. Its cocktail list is all inspired by cult movies.
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