Thanks to its proximity to Victoria and famous London sights such as Buckingham Palace, Tate Britain and Westminster Abbey, Pimlico makes a brilliant base, especially for first-time visitors. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels to book in the area.
Bordering Chelsea to the west, Victoria to the north and Westminster to the east, Pimlico is a tree-lined and relatively quiet pocket of Central London. The low-key neighbourhood is best known for its enormous townhouses and boutique cafés found just about on every street – but there are also several hotels that enable visitors to get that same slice of local London without ever having to leave the city centre.
The Belgrave Hotel
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A middle-of-the-range hotel set among Pimlico’s Georgian townhouses, The Belgrave Hotel offers a convenient location for walking or catching the tube to London’s attractions, 24/7 reception and free Wi-Fi. Featuring simple but chic decor, the rooms are comfortable, and the cosy downstairs bar, complete with roaring fire, is the perfect end-of-day retreat in the colder months. Opt if you can for a room with a balconette – the French doors that open onto them fill the rooms with light. This is an unassuming, relaxed hotel to book when you’re more focussed on exploring than lounging.
Artist Residence is a name that’s become synonymous with cosy boutique charm over the last couple of years, and its Pimlico outpost is no exception. Wooden floorboards, brick fireplaces and old leather armchairs perfectly complement the array of impressive local artwork dotted throughout the hotel, which feels like the perfect city bolthole for a weekend away. But it makes the list because of its atmosphere – everyone, from the well-heeled to the bohemian, descends upon its rustic public spaces, and its celebration of the London arts scene makes it one of the most culturally relevant hotels in the city.
Sitting on a quad of the same name, this boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from Victoria station and offers some of the finest tech-friendly lodgings in all of London. In the rooms, you’ll find Hästens Swedish massage beds and gadgets such as iPads and a smartphone to use during your stay. Decor is demure and pared back, and the furniture is minimal but striking. Breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea are all on offer here, but it’s also in a great location for exploring all the local delis and cafés that Pimlico has to offer.
Victoria Station serves as one of the major transport hubs within London, and a stay at Z Hotel Victoria puts you mere steps away. With that, you’ll be able to easily travel to anywhere else within the city, while benefiting from the peace and quiet of one of London’s leafiest areas. Rooms are a lesson in space utilisation – even with a comfy double bed and a sizable en suite bathroom, there’s still plenty of hidden storage space to make use of. Every evening, the hotel’s free wine-and-cheese hour in the evenings allows you to meet fellow guests and sip away to your heart’s content – the perfect way to whet the whistle before an evening out.
The Resident prides itself on its understated style: chic rooms that are low-key in their luxury, with pressed white-linen beds, deep-stained wooden touches and pin-stripe carpets. There’s a lovely personal touch, too – concierges are called local ambassadors, a nod to their immense local knowledge and enthusiasm to share it with you, while your mini fridge can be filled with items of your choice before you arrive. If, on the other hand, you’d rather indulge in the room service menu of drinks and snacks, just pick up the phone and dial – you’ll be sipping champagne in no time.