checking in: batty langley’s
Located in the heart of Spitalfields the Batty Langley’s hotel, by its own admission, has a pretty strange name. The 29 bedroom hotel has only been open two years although it feels like it’s been there for centuries and, in fact, the building has, dating back to 1724 when it was home to the architect Bartholomew Langley (Batty). The Georgian interiors are opulent, as one might expect from an 18th century architect’s residence, think thick draped curtains, huge oil paintings with golden frames on every wall, open fireplaces and bookshelves filled with thick, leather-bound books that look like they belonged to Batty himself.
The grand design theme continues in the bedrooms, each named after a character whom lived in Spitalfields rather than numbered. We stayed in a Junior Suite which feature rich blood red interiors, huge bed with chunky wooden headboard, separate living area, bathroom with roll top bath, throne toilet, yep a throne toilet, and separate stone shower. But fear not, whilst the design is based on the history of the building the technology is completely up-to-date; the Junior Suites have two TVs both of which can be connected to your phones, WiFi and sockets of all shapes and sizes.
The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but they do serve breakfast in bed and they make a mean bacon butty. There’s also a living room, fully stocked library, honesty bar with complimentary cake and a small outside courtyard for guests to use. Plus The Water Poet boozer is opposite and a whole host of other restaurants, bars and shops. With it’s decadent design, interesting past and charming location Batty’s is ideal for those looking to stay somewhere a little different.
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