Space may be at a premium in this new hotel, but beautiful reclaimed fixtures and tempting food more than make up for the lack of elbow room
No, that’s not a typo. It really is called the Pilgrm, and that missing second “i” is not all that’s been dropped from this new hotel near Paddington station in west London. It also has no reception, no check-in process – and no very obvious street presence. At first, we walk straight past it: the hand-painted Pilgrm sign is hard to see from the pavement, and inside it looks just like a neighbourhood coffee shop.
But that is exactly the effect owner Jason Catifeoglou – formerly of the Zetter group – wanted. The ground floor is a coffee shop, open to all, and a very inviting one, with some ace period features, particularly the 200-year-old mahogany staircase that curves down into it.