The name was a pleasure, the stay a joy. Yes, so the name won me over with its sense of romance, but I simply didn’t care.
The moment I hauled my aching body into the bare brick corridor, I felt my troubles soothe. My creativity return.Find Special Places to Stay in London
A place I enjoyed so much, it makes me feel reluctant to hand over the details.
But, you know me (and if not, hey! head over here.)
I just can’t resist when I find something I’m mad about.
Hipster cool with plenty of quirky decor that makes you feel more fashionable just by looking at it. Expect sweet jars, bare brick walls, shabby-chic turquoise tables and retro telephones that may make you realise just how old you really are… A gorgeous boutique hotel in London.
Only 10 in all, each decorated in a unique bright white with splashes of colour style. Bare wood floors, white tiled bathrooms with vintage bath fittings, open plan wardrobes and radios from the days before TV had been invented. Although, there are TVs. And, of course, wifi…
An easy five minute walk from Victoria Station (the entrance hub from London Gatwick Airport) yet within easy reach of the more fashionable Kensington, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Westminster Abbey.
An all day restaurant and funky cocktail bar. Small, smoky (in a good way) and ever so popular you’ll need to book ahead. Breakfast has become an event in its own right in Pimlico and if you stay quiet over your coffee and avocado in the morning you’ll overhear all kind of it crowd gossip and political insider dealings.
Just so you know.
Laura Ashley used to live on this street.
Who it’s for: solo travel, couples, those with tiny babies.
Who it’s not for: lovers of chain hotels or low budget options.
Abigail King is an award-winning writer and author who swapped a successful career as a hospital doctor for a life on the road. With over 60 countries under her belt, she's worked for Lonely Planet, the BBC, National Geographic Traveller and more. She is passionate about sustainable tourism and was invited to speak on the subject at the EU-China High Level summit at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.Here she writes about food, travel and history and she invites you to pull up a chair and relax. Let's travel more and think more. Welcome!
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