Batty Langley’s

London, England

Within a Georgian house in a trendy corner of East London once home to Huguenot silk weavers, Peter McKay and Douglas Blain set out to weave a fantasy of their own. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Inside a Georgian house in a trendy corner of East London, once home to Huguenot silk weavers, Peter McKay and Douglas Blain set out to weave a fantasy of their own. And to whom should they turn but that great, eccentric arbiter of 18th-century style, Batty Langley, with his ‘Great Variety of Grand and Usefull Designs’. As at London sister properties Hazlitt’s and The Rookery (see entries), to enter is ‘like walking into another century’. Interiors are filled with antiques, books, paintings, rich velvets, tapestries. Kitty Fisher’s boudoir has a carved four-poster, a balcony, a Victorian canopy bath. The Earl of Bolingbroke suite has a canopy bed built for a bishop, a Tuscan marble bath, a ‘secret throne toilet behind a bookcase’. Some rooms have ‘a “theatre bath” behind a curtain’. A box-room single is ‘cosy and characterful’. Relax by the fire in a book-lined library with a drink from the honesty bar. Order chicken pie or a baguette 
from a room-service menu. Despite the historic feel, you have all mod cons here, and if you want to know how life was without them, visit neighbouring Dennis Severs’ House, which reeks of the 1700s. (RF)

Hotel details

Address

12 Folgate Street
Spitalfields
London
E16 BX
England

Telephone

020 7377 4390

Bedrooms

29. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lift, library, parlour, lounge, meeting rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), small courtyard, ground floor (except courtyard) wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed under-13s free, 13–16s £45.

Dogs

assistance dogs only, by arrangement.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room-only doubles from £229. Breakfast baker's basket (pastries, yogurt) £11.95, bagels from £9.95. Occasional 2-night min. stay if busy.