Batty Langley’s – Spitalfields, E1
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As you walk through the doors of this charming hotel, packed with character and Georgian detail, you feel as if you’re entering another era. In lively, gentrified Spitalfields, Batty Langley’s lives up to its unusual name. Under the same ownership as the equally captivating Hazlitt’s and The Rookery it was inspired by the 18th-century architect and landscape gardener of the same name, who wrote guides to help his clients plan their houses and gardens in a grand style. The panelled interior, with its open fires, countless books and fine paintings feels more like a private house than a hotel. Cocooning their inhabitants in comfort and calm, the 29 bedrooms and suites are furnished with antique carved beds or four-posters, heavy silk curtains and bathrooms with restored period fittings. Nods to the 21st-century are discreetly hidden. Your most difficult choice, though, will be whichof the three warmly decorated sitting rooms to occupy. Our choice is the Tapestry Room, with an honesty bar stocked with local spirits (plus a cocktail recipe book) and French doors that open onto a quiet courtyard.
Doubles from £295
+44 (0)20 7377 4390; battylangleys.com