The Rookery

Along a narrow lane, a lamb-chop toss from Smithfield market, Clerkenwell’s hubbub surrenders to the ‘club-like’ calm of Peter McKay and Douglas Blain’s tumble of 18th-century houses. More

Contact details

The Rookery
12 Peter’s Lane
Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 6DS
England
020 7336 0931

Hotel information

Bedrooms

33. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year.

Facilities

conservatory lounge, meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), small patio garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B from £170. A la carte (from limited room-service menu) £28.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Along a narrow lane, a lamb-chop toss from Smithfield market, Clerkenwell’s hubbub surrenders to the ‘club-like’ calm of Peter McKay and Douglas Blain’s tumble of 18th-century houses. The self-proclaimed ‘old buffoons’ are also responsible for Hazlitt’s (see entry) and Batty Langley’s (see Shortlist), so they are modest as well as talented hoteliers. The interconnected properties sport antique furniture, wood panelling and stone flags; gilt-framed mirrors sit alongside Turneresque landscapes and heritage paint tones. Each air-conditioned room is named after a former raffish resident. There are 17th-century carved oak beds, period four-posters, heavy silk curtains and vintage shutters. The two-storey penthouse has a sitting room beneath a 40-foot spire. Even the most authentic restoration takes a few liberties, however. The bathrooms – unheard of in most Georgian houses – are ‘immaculate’, with ‘throne loos’, roll-top baths and that staple of an 18th-century fop, fine toiletries. There’s an honesty bar in the Conservatory, and room-service menu, including an extensive breakfast. Several decent restaurants lurk nearby, frequented by city types. The days when a rookery was slang for an urban slum are long gone.

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The Rookery
12 Peter’s Lane
Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 6DS

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