When it comes to art, some of the capital’s big name hotels have just as much to offer as leading galleries and museums. Whether they’ve hosted famous artists over the years, feature original works or have Instagram-worthy interiors, there’s all kinds of creativity and art history to soak up.
This hotel, in the heart of Fitzrovia, is the brainchild of Beirut-born Londoner Rami Fustok – who has a background in the capital’s street art scene. Since opening in 2017, the spot has gained quite a reputation for its artistic decor and lavish interiors. Throughout the hotel, guests will find a collection of fascinating antiques and artworks, collected by Fustok on his travels. If the greenhouse filled with exotic plants wasn’t enough of a talking point, it also has an impressive art collection, with Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Jonas Burgert just a few names to feature. What’s more, every piece on show has been specifically sought-out for the place it occupies. The hotel also has an ongoing Artist in Residence programme, with interactive sessions from both emerging and established creatives.
20-21 Newman St, W1T 1PG
This Pimlico spot is the third sibling in the Artist Residence family, created by imaginative duo Justin and Charlotte Salisbury. Their UK venues showcase a range of urban art from creatives such as Pure Evil, Connor Brothers and Dan Hillier. The boutique London hotel is no different. Each of the ten bedrooms has its own rustic charm with eye-catching, creative furnishings at every turn. They’re playful but refined. No two rooms are the same either – each with their own original art and stylish finesse. The hotel’s ground floor was formerly a pub – the Clarendon – but was rescued from neglect by the husband and wife duo and turned into the venue’s all-day restaurant Cambridge Street Kitchen.
52 Cambridge Street, SW1V 4QQ
Over the years the Savoy has welcomed a whole host of famous faces, including some big names in the world of art. Claude Monet created some of his most famous paintings while staying at the Savoy. Monet spent six months in the hotel, painting views of the Thames. His pastel drawing Waterloo Bridge was sketched from a balcony on the fifth floor, in 1901.
Eighteen years later, one of the biggest names in 20th century art walked its corridors. In 1919, Pablo Picasso stayed at the famous London hotel for ten weeks with his wife Ogla, residing in room 574 – overlooking the courtyard. This year the luxury hotel celebrates its 130th anniversary and it continues to dazzle guests with its Edwardian and art deco elegance and impeccable service.
2 Savoy Ct, WC2R 0EZ
Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, and Louise Bourgeois are just a few names to feature in the Connaught’s 3,000-piece strong collection. These original works hang, not only in the five-star hotel’s public spaces, but also in a number of the rooms. The lobby’s solid mahogany staircase, gilded with gold leaf, is practically a work of art itself. It’s such a spectacle, in fact, that Ralph Lauren replicated the design for his flagship store in New York. Artistic interiors continue at the hotel’s bar, designed by the late David Collins. The stylish space has plenty of art deco flourishes and takes inspiration from Cubist and Irish art from the 1920s.
Carlos Pl, W1K 2AL
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Art plays a big part in this hotel, located on Berners Street in Fitzrovia. British artist Mat Collishaw was commissioned to create an exclusive 3D digital work for its launch, back in 2013. A curated collection of digital art features across all of the guest rooms, with original works from Tracey Emin, artist collective AES+F, Jenny Holzer, Jacco Olivier and more on show. The hotel’s restaurant – Berners Tavern – overseen by culinary golden boy Jason Atherton, is also quite something. The baroque dining room is beautifully framed by a breathtaking collection of elegant artwork, covering almost every inch of the walls.
10 Berners St, W1T 3NP
Art at this Mayfair haunt is a quintessentially British affair and has attracted presidents, literary names and royals over the years. The hotel itself is in a prime location for art lovers too. Just a stone’s throw away from the Burlington Arcade, the Royal Academy of Arts and the area’s brilliant independent galleries. But it doesn’t stop there – the hotel boasts an impressive art collection, including works from Bridget Riley, Tracey Emin, Michael Landy and Fiona Rae. The venue is also heavily involved in Mayfair’s art scene and is known for its annual art walks.
Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP