Thanks to its proximity to Victoria and famous London sights such as Buckingham Palace, the 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.
The Belgrave Hotel
The Belgrave Hotel is unassuming and relaxed | Courtesy of The Belgrave Hotel / Hotels.com
A middle-of-the-range hotel set among Pimlico’s Georgian townhouses, The Belgrave Hotel offers a convenient location for walking or Tubing into town, 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.
The Luna Simone offers budget-friendly accommodation with light and spacious bedrooms. It’s not often that you find a low-price London option that’s so pleasant to stay in, so this one offers a rare treat. Don’t expect design, but all the linens and carpets are replaced once a year, and the bathrooms and amenities are modern and functional. Just a 10-minute walk from Victoria station, it’s perfectly placed to explore London’s greatest landmarks.
If one of the first stops on your visit to London is Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross, you’ll love the Harry Potter-themed Wizard Chamber at the Georgian House Hotel, which has been inspired by the dormitories of Hogwarts. Behind a bookcase, you’ll find a hidden candlelit passageway leading to the bedroom, where you can expect to find house-coloured linens, a velvet-curtained four-poster bed, cauldrons and wooden trunks. The other rooms in the hotel are thoroughly muggle, but equally comfortable, with styles to suit various tastes.
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.
Sat 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, Hästens Swedish massage beds, gadgets such as iPads and Sky TV, a DVD library and a smartphone to use during your stay all make for space-age living. Rooms are 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.