Walk through the double doors into this charming hotel, packed with character and Georgian detail, and you might be entering another era. In lively, gentrified Spitalfields, Batty Langley’s lives up to its unusual name. Inspired by an 18th-century architect and landscape gardener, who wrote guides to help his clients plan their houses and gardens with taste, it’s in the same ownership as the equally captivating Hazlitt’s and The Rookery (see pages 000 and 000). The panelled interior, with its open fires, countless books, mellow antiques and fine paintings, feels more private house than hotel. Your most difficult choice will probably be which of the three warmly decorated sitting rooms to occupy. Cocooning their inhabitants with comfort and calm, the 29 bedrooms and suites are furnished with antique carved beds or four posters, heavy silk curtains or wooden shutters and bathrooms with restored period fittings. Nods to the 21st century are discreetly hidden.
Walk two doors down to Dennis Severs’ House, a truly fascinating attraction. It’s a ‘still-drama’ imagining what life would have been like for a family of Spitalfields Huguenot silk weavers in the late 1700s-early 1800s.
Visit Spitalfields market for excellent food, vintage clothing and other treasures.