- Style Boutique Belgravia bolthole
- Setting London’s leafy SW1
You wouldn't be the first to come to the Orange hotel in London's well-heeled Belgravia neighbourhood for the food, but then stay for the rooms. Hidden above an acclaimed gastropub the hotel strikes the perfect balance between luxurious and laid-back, a friendly public-house atmosphere downstairs complemented by well-appointed rooms dressed in muted tones, exposed brick and wood floors. Its prime location in this high-end dining and shopping haven may tempt you out of doors, but we'll probably be relaxing with a book in charming Orange Square and enjoying drinks and farm-fresh cuisine with the many locals who frequent the pub.
Need to know
- Rooms Four.
- Rates Double rooms from $266.88 (£163), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates do not include breakfast; the breakfast menu is changed regularly.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, digital radio, tea and coffee, kettle and cafetiere, iPod docking station, Damana toiletries (orange scented, of course).
- Check–out 11am, but flexible (subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Welcome, but there are no dedicated kids’ facilities.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Of the Orange’s four rooms, the Pimlico is the largest and has an appealing curved window that looks down on Pimlico Road and the church next door. The Orange Room boasts wooden beams across the ceiling, an inviting bathtub in its marble ensuite and overlooks Orange Square – the view’s particularly magical when the trees are strewn with lights at Christmas.
- Packing tips An iPod packed with Mozart: there’s a statue of the young Wolfgang Amadeus steps from the hotel’s doorstep in Orange Square. The eight-year-old prodigy composed his first two symphonies round the corner on Ebury Road, where he and his father lived in 1764.
- Also Once a month, the Orange attracts a creative crowd to its regular live acoustic music events, held in the hotel’s dining room. Get there early to grab a space.
Food and drink at The Orange
- Hotel restaurant Choose your own Orange adventure: dine in the stylish but relaxed pub on the ground floor, or tuck in to the same menu upstairs in the slightly more formal dining room. Wherever you eat, the wood-fired pizzas are baked in the kitchen’s traditional pizza oven, the Sunday roast is legendary among locals, and many of the seasonings are home-grown in the hotel’s herb garden.
- Dress code The Orange is stylish but not at all stuffy: aim to be chic but not showy.
- Top table Sit by the curved window in the dining room restaurant to look out over Orange Square at Pimlico Road below; alternatively, snag a table in the Music Room area of the restaurant.
- Last orders Drinks are poured in the ground-floor pub from noon until 11.30pm. Breakfast is served in bar on the ground floor for breakfast 8am–11.30am, and both the bar and the first-floor dining room are open for lunch 12 noon–3pm and dinner 6pm–10pm.
- Room service Room service is available from 12 noon to 10pm; everything on the restaurant’s menu can be delivered to you.
- Hotel bar The well-stocked and popular pub has everything from real ales to creative cocktails: it takes a particularly confident hotel to name a drink after one of the nation’s most notoriously awful hoteliers, so you’d be remiss not to try a Basil Fawlty (the basil syrup’s home-made). The atmosphere’s laid back and the decor lived in: there are exposed floorboards, book-lined walls and wood furniture throughout.