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DrinkUp’s Staycation : The Pilgrm

We spend a night at Paddington’s restored boutique hotel, and could not have loved it more...

An ode to craftsmanship, this boutique hotel spread across four Victorian townhouses has been stripped back to reveal its original period features, accentuated with a modern touch. Boasting 73 intimate but stylish rooms, a lounge area for food and cocktails and a cosy cafe on the ground floor in place of a traditional reception area, serving The Pilgrm’s signature coffee blend and Crosstown Doughnuts. 
The Pilgrm is the first of its kind for an area that doesn’t have a lot to recommend itself to the modern traveller.
As for all those period features, you’ll find a sweeping 200-year old oak staircase traversing between the Cafe to the Lounge that workmen had to painstakingly uncover. Similarly the wrought iron railings across two more staircases deeper into the hotel were lovingly revealed from a cocoon of paint. These beautiful standout elements are paired with white walls, concrete steps and twisting corridors covered in Tom Dixon’s cloud carpet.

Food is served across the day and into the evening in The Pilgrm’s Lounge, a beautiful light room furnished with low-slung plush armchairs in bold patterns and block autumnal colours. It’s the type of place you could pop in for coffee, indulge in poached eggs on toast or book in with pals for dinner over a menu designed and executed by ex-Grain Store chef Sara Lewis who has landed on her feet at hotel with outstanding dishes such as lentil dhal, wild mushroom and dolcelatte cheese toastie and spicy fish tacos.

Wash down all the delicious food with a carefully-curated wine list that offers three choices for red and white – think vibrant Kamptal Riesling or a gentle organic Beaujolais. It’s The Pilgrm’s cocktail offering however that is a stand out feature among London’s latest openings, bringing together bottled drinks from the world’s best bars. Regular London drinkers will recognise the Classico Negroni from Bar Termini and the Terroir from 69 Colebrooke Row, sitting alongside those of equal fame such as a Reverse Martinez from The Clumsies in Athens, a Dirty Martini from Operation Dagger in Singapore and a Libero & Amaro from the Jerry Thomas Project in Rome. Hotel guests and local cocktail lovers alike will no doubt delight in this rather unique experience of sipping drinks around in the world, served by affable and speedy staff in gloriously understated surroundings.


Whether you’re opting for a staycation or fancy an indulgent upgrade to one of the Heathrow hotels (the Heathrow Express is approximately a four minute walk away and kicks off every morning from 05.10 - convenient) this is perfect pitstop. The hotel rooms are com-for-ta-ble. Beds are wide and pillows are plentiful and the linen is pleasingly crisp. Calm grey walls with carefully curated artwork, that doesn’t feel try hard whilst still being trendy, make a perfect backdrop for some well positioned, industrial light fittings with pleasing Buster + Punch hardware. Stacks of magazines, REN products left next to the bed and a Marshall speaker (which feels as though it might have been auto-tuned to Radio Six) means it’s easy to lay in as the sun streams through the windows. Couple all of this with a sizeable bathroom complete with an oversized Soho House-esque rainforest shower – this is a wonderful place to spend the night.

Doubles start from £109 a night for a small room.