The Pimlico Pantry and the Cubitt Room are the hotel’s latest additions following a 12-month design revamp that also included eight brand new bedrooms added to the line-up in October 2015.
The new space, which was the former breakfast room and a bedroom, has been created by merging the two spaces together and replacing a number of solid brick walls with floor-to-ceiling glass to create an open and light environment that maximises the natural daylight.
The Pimlico Pantry features a new lantern glass ceiling with colour changing led bulbs, a vintage mural of 18th Century Westminster across one wall, a copper topped bar and a seating area for up to 52 people. The room boasts two newly restored fireplaces, under floor heating and alcoves in the brickwork, which are currently filled with beautiful sculptures by Rob Houston Campbell. The small courtyard that sits at the rear of the room has been fitted with uplighters and galvanised troughs are being used to grow jasmine and a selection of herbs.
Fresh coffee and tea will be served throughout the day and guests can enjoy breakfast treats such as fresh Danish pastries and breads, English jams and a selection of cheese from High Weald Dairy, as well as Georgian House’s famous full English.
Afternoon tea and pop-up food and drink events will be introduced to the Pimlico Pantry’s offering later this year and will demonstrate the hotel’s commitment to sourcing English produce from independent suppliers.
To cater to the thriving Westminster business market, The Cubitt Room provides a sophisticated private meeting and events space for up to 14 delegates. Featuring glass walls the space fluidly joins the Pimlico Pantry but can be turned into a private space, perfect for meetings, workshops and events, with the use of full length electric blinds.
Talking of the refurbishment, that was planned in partnership with interior designer Diana Holmes, partner of the hotel Serena von der Heyde said: “This project has been in the pipeline since 2014 and Diana has done a wonderful job transforming the room into a stylish and warm space that perfectly reflects the hotel’s chic style. The Grade II listed building was built by my great great grandfather William Chinnery Mitchell and it’s important to me that the refurbishment complements the quirks and oddities of the 165-year-old building.
“Working without a kitchen for the last four months has been no mean feat but Adam Rowledge, our general manager, and the rest of the team have dealt with this in an exceptionally professional and understanding way to ensure the work didn’t impact on our guests. I’m so thrilled to open the Pimlico Pantry and the Cubitt Room for our guests and I’m looking forward to being able to host local residents and businesses, whether as a meeting space or for an evening tipple.”
When asked about her thought process behind the design, Diana Holmes added: “My concept was to maximise the space and light using reflective surfaces, colour and intelligent lighting. My style is English eclectic and I wanted the room to have warmth, atmosphere and plenty of visual interest. Original art, vintage items and unusual wall coverings helped to complete the look.”
The new contemporary eating and drinking space is the final stage of the Georgian House Hotel’s two-year refurbishment and is another step in their journey to reaching five-star accommodation status.