Five of the Best: Art Hotels in London

You don’t have to go to a gallery for a cultural fix

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By Emma Love

SOUTH PLACE

 

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Sculpture, painting, photography and video installations - you’ll find all these art forms and more at the South Place Hotel, a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station. Pop in for dinner at the hotel’s brasserie and you can see a set of Lichenstein-inspired comic strip style prints by American-born photographer John Vincent Aranda on the wall; stay the night and your bedroom will have prints by artists from the local Hoxton Art Gallery (if you splurge on the penthouse you’ll also have a paper cut by Adam Bell above the bed and a triptych by fashion’s favourite artist Tom Gallant). The hotel is all about supporting young talent too, so look out for the results of this year’s South Place Art Prize, aimed at spotting the best recent MA graduates from London art schools.

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3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF; 020 3503 0777; southplacehotel.com

HYATT REGENCY - THE CHURCHILL

It’s not just the fact that The Churchill has been the main hotel partner for Frieze London for the last five years that makes this one of our top art hotels. Or that it had the brilliant idea of teaming up with the Saatchi Gallery on the Saatchi Suite (it’s part gallery, part bedroom so you sleep surrounded by art by emerging artists from Saatchi Online such as Kazuya Tsuji, Alex Hanna and Celine Fitoussi). What we love is that much of the artwork you see is for sale and, during Frieze this year, German-born, London-based artist Super Future Kid is setting up her studio in the lobby. Have a drink in the bar and check it out. 30 Portman Square, London, 020 7486 1255; london.churchill.hyatt.co.uk; @HyattChurchill

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45 PARK LANE

Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant The Cut inside the 45 Park Lane hotel isn’t only known for serving knockout steaks: it also has all 16 of Damian Hirst’s limited edition ‘Diamond Dust Psalms’ series hanging on the wall together for the first time. Scattered throughout the rest of the hotel, there are paintings by Peter Blake, photography by Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman and prints by Sixties pop artist Joe Tilson. And if you want to find out more, you can book in for private art lessons with one of the artists (for a price of course,) and take an art tour around the hotel with curator Roy Ackerman. 45 Park Lane, London, W1K 1PN; 020 7493 4545; 45parklane.com; @45ParkLaneUK

EDITION LONDON

Right now, Ian Schrager’s new Edition London is the hotel opening everyone’s talking about. There’s the brilliant Berners Tavern restaurant headed up by chef Jason Atherton; there’s the Studio 54-style disco club in the basement (where Cara Delevigne hosted a party during London Fashion Week) and then there’s the art. Schrager has hooked up with online art boutique s[edition] so guests can buy the digital, limited edition artworks playing on the televisions in their rooms (the idea is that you can watch your purchased art on your television at home, on your iPad or iPhone). Current artists with work for sale on the digital platform include Tracey Emin, Elmgreen & Dragset and fashion designer Mary Katranzou. 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP; 020 7781 0000; editionhotels.com; @EDITIONHotels

CLARIDGE’S

 

 

Claridge’s was one of the first London hotels to up the art ante when it announced David Downton as its Fashion Artist in Residence two years ago. Known for his illustrations of everyone from Cate Blanchett and Laura Bailey to the models sashaying down the catwalk at the Paris Haute Couture shows, Downton was the perfect choice for this chic, Art Deco landmark. A recent London Fashion Week exhibition in the hotel of his ‘Fumoir series’ of sketches of iconic guests, went down a storm. Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR; 020 7629 8860; claridges.co.uk; @ClaridgesHotel

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