Stepping into The Pilgrm feels like you’re visiting your trendy friend’s home.
In a nutshell
No. of rooms
The design aesthetic is...
sophisticated, with a vintage vibe.
The typical guest is...
hard to pinpoint. There were food bloggers from overseas in their early twenties, as well as grandparents visiting from Northern England.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
free reusable water bottles for guests, complete with a still and sparkling water station; packaging-free tea and coffee pantries on each floor; re-purposed and upcycled local furniture; biodegradable straws, take-away cups and lids.
The location is...
really central, with Paddington Station on your doorstep.
Interaction is encouraged by....
a very social reception area, which doubles as a coffee shop and ‘The Lounge’, which is a restaurant and co-work space for guests.
You should stay here because
it’s an affordable, friendly hotel in London and extremely Instagram worthy!
Amazing social vibe, lots of interactions, plus some organized events/activities.
What took you there?
I was travelling to London and looking for an affordable, yet trendy hotel. I was also travelling with my mother and wanted somewhere that didn’t make her feel completely out of place. Paddington was the perfect, central location for us to visit all areas of London and surrounds. The hotel also ticked the ‘insta’ worthy box, while being so welcoming for all guests no matter their age or fashion sense… there were out of town baby boomer tourists in white sneakers paired with jeans and a backpack, and younger visitors rocking their Dr. Martens and Gucci waist bags (aka bumbags). It was a real mix!
What was your room like?
Better than expected! It was very comfortable for London expectations. A large bed with plenty of space for our luggage, and a well sized and separate bathroom. We had a large room and understand the smaller rooms are just that, small. In the rooms there were touches of the older Victorian building and history, which had been lovingly restored.
What about the venue
The Pilgrm Hotel has been brought back to life, showcasing its Victorian history as former townhouses. As soon as you walk in the front door, which is easy to miss from the street, you’re greeted by a grand timber staircase, which I was told took 300 man hours to restore. It’s the epitome of cosy, without being too small. There are lots of thoughtful details in the design and decoration, but it’s also simple in every sense of the word. Simple check-in on an Ipad (with no dedicated ‘reception’, just a cafe) simple rooms, simple design and simple amenities. However, there is everything you need for a London hotel stay and nothing you don’t.
Tell us about the destination
London is a melting pot of cultures, styles and age groups. Paddington is a safe and central location, which was the ideal starting point for exploring the rest of the city. It’s not a threatening neighbourhood in any way – whether feeling unsafe, or unfashionable! Paddington Station is only a hop, skip and a jump from the hotel and there are a number of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants nearby.
Who did you meet there?
With a population of more than eight million, London can be intimidating – however, The Pilgrm felt like we were staying at a friend’s home. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by front of house staff, the sounds of Fleetwood Mac on vinyl, baristas at the coffee shop and other travellers and locals enjoying their morning brew. There were also opportunities to mingle with other guests in the lounge, with the laptop out, or at the hotel’s scheduled events, such as the wine tasting on the Friday night we stayed.
London is not known for its great quality coffee, however sipping on a piccolo along the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal is a must. The main plus is we found somewhere open at 7am! It’s the perfect spot for a morning brew and to beat the jet lag, considering most cafes open well after 8am. Covered in fake flowers and fairy lights, it’s a sight to behold. Once you’ve had your caffeine fix you may have the energy to keep walking and stroll along the canal up to Regent’s Park. Another bonus, Darcie & May Green is run by Aussies so the coffee is decent.
Only a short stroll from The Pilgrm, Hyde Park is a green oasis in the midst of a metropolis. It’s filled with green spaces, rose gardens and the beautiful Serpentine, where you can hire rowing and pedal boats. There are often free concerts and events during the summer and an array of cafes to choose from.
If you do happen to be in Hyde Park during the cooler months and want to get out of the cold, or rain, The Serpentine Galleries are the perfect spot to take cover. The iconic galleries, which are only five minutes walk apart, host contemporary exhibitions from emerging and established artists and have showcased the works of Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst. Entry is free.