It is the third hotel from young couple Justin Salisbury and Charlie Newey who, in 2008, quit university to take over a family-owned b&b in Brighton, giving it a complete overhaul in the process. Occupying a Thomas Cubitt-designed Regency terrace, Artist Residence has just ten rooms. Eclectic in style, details such as exposed brick work, quirky accessories and statement artworks bring personality to every space. Plump for one of the suites if budget allows; our choice is the Grand (shown above), which proffers antique furniture and a free-standing bath. The restaurant, headed up by chef Michael Bremner, has become a neighbourhood hotspot. Informal and buzzy, 64 Degrees embraces a social dining spot with a menu of small and large plates, while inventive cocktails in the speakeasy style bar are an excellent prelude, or conclusion, to a meal. Less than five minutes walk from Victoria, the quiet residential street in convenient both for out-of-towners looking to hit the London landmarks and those with a love of interiors: Pimlico has garnered quite a reputation as a design district, with stylish shops nearby including de Le Cuona, Talisman and Soane.With it’s style credentials and fantastic location in mind, it is no surprise that bed and bath accessories brand Soak & Sleep last week chose the Artist Residence as the venue for launching their Summer of Linen campaign – giving a a few lucky members of the H&G team the chance to visit this hot new hotel.
After a brief introduction from the company’s founder Charlie Hunt and a Courvoisier cocktail – our new favourite night cap – we were taken on a tour of the hotel, enjoying different sleep experiences in each bedroom.In room one, we were introduced to Ed Grattan of Pact Coffee, a London based start-up company offering freshly roasted mail order coffee. Opting for a decaf of course, we snuggled up on Soak & Sleeps beautiful new creamy-soft linens. Pillow heaven awaited in the second bedroom, where we were allowed to sample each of Soak & Sleep’s pillow designs – our favourite being a divine Hungarian goose down option. Feeling relaxed and almost ready for bed, we were taught yoga poses and breathing techniques in the final room – the perfect way to ensure a good nights sleep by resting the mind and body.
A truely relaxing evening at truly beautiful hotel. Here’s how to recreate the look with vintage furniture and one-off accessories…
Clockwise from top left: Vintage Sofa in Ledro Grass, £1,795, Ines Cole, Original Globe Lantern, £5,040, Jamb, Italian Campaign Canopy Bed, £1,500, Anthropologie, Reclaimed Hackney oak parquet, £54sq m, Lassco and Dandie chest of drawers, &645, Loaf.
Artist Residence, 52 Cambridge Street, London, SW1V 4QQ, 020 7931 8946, artistresidencelondon.co.uk.
– The hotel has eight rooms and two suites, from £160 for a double room on Sunday nights.
– Bathrobes, slippers and complimentary wifi all add the home-from-home feel.
– There is a lounge for relaxing, a private dining room, the 64 Degrees restaurant and cocktail bar, Below 64.
– Pimlico is the a great location for visiting sights such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. It is also a treasure trove of interiors stores and a stone’s throw from Chelsea’s King’s Road.