For my last night in London for at least three months I wanted to stay somewhere awesome. The Artist Residence hotel on a quiet back street in Victoria was perfect. Lucky for me I was upgraded to the Grand Suite on arrival, which gave me more floor space than the average two bed flat in good old London, a huge bed, a desk, wardrobe, free standing bath, lounge area, table, shower and en suite toilet. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is exactly how I want my flat to be, when I get one.

Bathroom fit for a (hipster) king

Bathroom at Artist Residence

It’s a tough choice but my favourite thing in the Grand Suite is definitely the spacious bathroom. After my final night out (for this England jaunt) with friends I came home and filled the huge tub, using the complementary Bramley bath salts for effect I sat back and watched the street below. Granted, not much happened but it was a perfect moment and an excellent goodbye to London. If you wanted you could even angle the TV to watch from the bath, or my preference, just sit back and admire the room.

Little bit of history

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It took two years to create Artist Residence from the dilapidated building it was when they bought it in 2012. Once a pub, erected by Thomas Cubitt who was responsible for much of Pimlico and Belgravia, as of September 2014 it’s now a ten bedroom independent hotel, restaurant and bar. And at just a 5-minute walk from Pimlico, Victoria and Sloane Square it’s in a great location.

Reclaimed design

Design at the Artist Residence

Sourced from reclaimed materials and antiques dealers you can tell everything in the room has been carefully selected for their cool aesthetic. From the exposed brick to the fireplaces and through to the wooden floor the design team have obviously earned their keep. The artwork is really cool too. In the Grand Suite two Mills and Boon book covers adorn the walls – with funny sarcastic ‘True Love Stories’ overlays. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, you’ll have to go to find out what they say, or alternatively you could just zoom into the photo.

Cool quirks

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  • The room temperatures can easily be controlled on the panel at the door.
  • Free tea and coffee (I don’t think I’ll ever be able to work a coffee machine without many, many swear words and a few coffee capsule casualties).
  • The artisan choice at the mini bar – fudge (my fave), popcorn, posh crisps and nuts.
  • Late check out option (if the room’s not booked that is).
  • Wooden desk complete with cool light and old school phone.
  • Roberts radio for your use.

Food, drink, meetings and menus

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Downstairs there’s also a guest lounge where I sat and enjoyed waiting for my room to be ready (I was early). It looks out over the garden and would be the perfect spot for a meeting – business or social. I also spotted a private room you can rent out for up to 12 to eat – I’d love a cocktail laced meal there!

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There’s also an in house restaurant,  Sixty Four Degrees, where the menu changes daily. If you’re after Champagne, oysters and cocktails there’s also a bar that looks carries on the cool design and atmosphere throughout, but I didn’t quite get the chance to try.

I had to leave to catch my flight to Tokyo, but if that wasn’t on the horizon I’d find it pretty hard to checkout of the Artist Residence. I’ll definitely be back, if only to try the Champers and light bites at the restaurant!

I was a guest of Artist Residence this time. Rooms are available from £160 per night, and they have two other hotels in Cornwall and Brighton too. 

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