A true hidden gem - and in London of all places

I think I've just found the perfect London hideaway.

The Orange in Pimlico has been on my radar for a few years and while technically it's a pub with rooms, in reality it feels more like an elegant B and B - with a classy bar and well regarded but no fuss restaurant.

Farmers Market

Located right on Orange Square (Pimlico Road) this is a buzz'y corner of town but with village-like charm (it’s also genuinely a secret gem). The Saturday farmers market (9 til 1) is small but with a great range of vendors - well worth half an hour or so of your time. Just opposite is Daylesford (spot the celeb) which succeeds in making Waitrose feel downmarket (we were relieved of almost a tenner for two fresh juice type concoctions but cheerily so and with a nice carrier; apparently slow pressed melon juice is now a thing). This is a thoroughly gentrified area – and I’m not in the least bit too cool for that.

Back to The Orange and once we'd deciphered that there was no reception area to check in (you sort of wander upstairs and find someone; the staff btw were delightful) we were shown to our room, one of just four, arguably the best. Welcome to The Pimlico (all it lacked was a bath. But then we do love a bath...and to be fair, the shower was terrific).

Sage green, stripped pine, sash windows...

Elegant, relaxed and romantic, the decor is just the kind of thing I love: original floor boards, stripped pine, sage green / neutral tones, beams on the ceiling, vintage looking (but simple) furniture, and for wow factor, three large and gorgeous sash windows overlooking the square itself. The views are terrific for people watching, all from the comfort of your dressing gown (provided). I’m coming back here at Christmas.

If you love detail you'll appreciate the little touches: Rococo chocolates on the pillow, cute note books to take away, and fashionable toiletries.

After a hard day of doing not much in particular we ordered room service. The wine list is terrific by the way with a few surprises and an education in innovative producers.

The Kings Road...

After finishing with the cheese board and Scotch we decided to make like a Richard Curtis film and take a moonlit walk up to the Kings road, stumbling as we did into the dregs of a bridal party - and falling in love with London all over again (leavened I might add by the following day at Westfield).

Ricotta pancakes, passion fruit curd...

After a brilliant night’s sleep (I'd seen on trip advisor a few complaints of noise. We had no such issues and were there on a Saturday night) we padded downstairs for breakfast. This place gets busy for weekend brunch – and a peek at the menu explains why (ricotta pancakes, passion fruit curd, banana, cream... yes I did).

The Orange is part of the Cubitt House group and on the back of the success of our stay at The Orange we went to stay at The Grazing Goat in Marylebone (just as lovely). Why don’t more people think of staying in places like this when in town...

It's hard to find fault with The Orange (if you have lots of luggage then you may find the stairs a bind, likewise the fact that it’s a good ten minute walk from the tube). But I’m splitting hairs really. The Orange is just fabulous and has more about than most London hotels I’ve stayed in, trust me.

The Orange