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The Rookery – Clerkenwell, EC1
London

Those in the know about London don’t lay their heads in the centre of town, they head east to its most fashionable districts. Luckily, we know of secrets beyond the hipster clientele and tech geeks. One such hideaway is the deliciously unique Rookery, set in the heart of gastronomic Clerkenwell. After eating top-class grub and partying hard, you can retreat to one of its 33 quirky bedrooms, none of which are the same. Each, though, share gorgeous Georgian detailing, polished brass metalwork in bathrooms, antiques aplenty and bookshelves bulging with real books. You won’t worry about the wonky floors or the lack of things like a spa or a gym, you’ll enjoy the calm and mannered atmosphere of a private club as you settle in the drawing room or courtyard garden, weather permitting, with the papers. On the doorstep? Well, you’re just moments away from St Paul’s Cathedral and then it’s only a walk over the Millenium Bridge to Tate Modern.

Nota Bene

In the 1800s, the area was teeming with thieves, tarts and ne’er-do-wells. A rookery was universally understood to mean criminal area and many of the rooms are named after local characters of ill repute.

SEE

London’s Charterhouse, a former 14th-century Carthusian monastery and burial ground for victims of the Black Death, has opened its doors to the public for the first time in 400 years.

EAT

Clerkenwell has become a real dining destination, a new recent favourite is Luca on St John Street.

BUY

Fresh bread from the bread and wine shop at St John Restaurant.


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