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The Pilot, Greenwich, London
The Pilot is nestled within a lovely little Georgian terrace of eight cottages - that looks a bit peculiar for being surrounded by the modern skyscrapers of North Greenwich. It's a cosy pub dating from 1801, and features surprisingly plush and funky rooms above its cosy and pleasant bar featuring exposed beams, nautical paintings, ship's wheels and the like.
The cottages have quite a history, being artisan housing originally built for workers at the nearby chemical works and tidal mill. They were featured in the famous video for Parklife by Blur, and renowned artist Damien Hirst lived in one for a while.
There's great transport links, and the bars, restaurants, cinemas and live events at the O2 are just minutes away.
It's great to stay next to a host of great nightlife choices and also good transport options.
On the banks of the River Thames, Greenwich is home to the O2, Cutty Sark and Greenwich Park. You're well connected to the rest of the city.
By car: the hotel is 4 hours from Manchester and less than 3 hours from Bristol. Free parking available.
By train: North Greenwich tube station is eight minutes' walk away; Charlton station is a ten-minute taxi ride. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Those seeking something out of the ordinary that combines a bit of history with the contemporary would love it here. The huge difference in room styles, from the sedate and relaxing to the wild and wacky, is a nice touch.
Service & Facilities
The highly original room designs are a really refreshing change from the usual familiar and predictable hotel room.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
If you want cosy, try the Captain's Cabin, which features wood panelling and porthole windows. Attractive flourishes abound, such as colourful framed exotic prints of birds on a wall of one room, or vintage suitcases stacked up above the door in another.
Captain's Cabin, Standard Room, Superior Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, flat-screen TV, radio, docking station, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the lively bar on tap and the hearty breakfast including Eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale, continental and full English. The slow-braised feather blade of beef with pak choi, spring onion, oyster mushroom, soy, ginger, chilli and sesame dressing was tasty and unusual.
The Pilot: traditional British pub with garden. Hearty fare, seasonal ingredients. All-day menu, open daily