Hotels across London celebrate art, both local and international, in many different ways. At the Pullman London St Pancras, you can now stay in one of their ‘Art Rooms’, which will be unveiled one by one throughout the year.
Each of their rooms is designed on a theme by a contemporary artist, from French photographers to London-based sculptors. For example, there’s the rock’n’roll-themed room designed by photographer Richard Bellia, which showcases photos of legends from David Bowie to Thom Yorke.
You can also find an Oliver Twist room, designed by portrait sculptor James A Matthews, with bronze sculptures of the novel’s characters and some of Dickens‘ most famous quotes on the wall. Oliver Twist was written just moments away from the hotel, so the author and one of his most famous novels are ideal inspiration.
The hotel also runs regular Art Nights, when they exhibit works from contemporary artists based in London.
Their latest is called The Dark, the Light and the Colourful, and features previews from Bettina Stuurman and Gianluca Pisano. It began on May 21st 2015 in the hotel’s bar lounge and will run until June 10th. The Pullman St Pancras also has a private collection of art, which is available for guests to view in public areas all year round.
If the concept of slowly revealing individually-designed rooms over a year sounds familiar, it’s because the Andaz Liverpool Street has been busy with a similar concept. Their Room with a View rooms, which are available to book until December 2015, celebrate the contemporary art of East London.
The rooms include Pearly Room by Chris Price and Delisia Howard, which features the pearly kings and queens of the East End, and One Day Walk by Patrick Vale and Paul Davis, which shows some of the artists’ favourite local spots via an illustrated map.
It’s always great to see hotels supporting the art world, especially when they invest in what local artists have to offer. And it’s even better when you can stay in a room that lets you get to know the art within them intimately.
Photo credits: Pullman London St Pancras.