Good Hotel Guide Review
Novelists, politicians, silk merchants as well as the petty thieves, tarts and vagabonds of the area are commemorated in this eccentric hotel in gentrified Spitalfields. In two artfully restored 18th-century buildings Peter McKay and Douglas Blain fuse Georgian ‘Grand Taste’ and sybaritic comforts. A wood-panelled sitting room, with plush sofas, cosy nooks and honesty bar, offers a tranquil escape from nearby bustling Brick Lane and the City. In the bedrooms, crushed velvet bedspreads and goose down-filled pillows sit comfortably with quirky details – bathrooms might have a loo behind a bookcase, or a ‘bathing machine’. Breakfast, delivered to the room, has yogurt, fruit, granola, fresh pastries, bagels. (Underground: Liverpool Street)
12 Folgate Street
020 7377 4390
29. 1 suitable for disabled.
lift, library, parlour, lounge, meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, small courtyard.
all ages welcomed (under-12s free of charge, by arrangement).
assistance dogs only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room £250–£350. Breakfast £11.