Batty Langley's - A Home Away from Home
The beautiful hotel, nestled in between the historic Georgian houses, on the cobbled streets of Spitalfields, was named after the garden and architectural designer who made globally published books for early 18th-century architects. The cozy Batty Langley’s is set just in-between two major contrasting differences; one, the creative hub of Shoreditch, with the many trendy and boutique-like shops and cafés, and two, on the border of the city of London with the skyscrapers and the famous Gherkin.
You feel as if you were immediately transported back in time, or into your favourite Jane Austen novel - I actually preferred to just stay in the hotel and feel the atmosphere and the charm, than throw myself out into the London traffic and noise. The details at the Batty Langley’s are infinite and so well-made, from carved mahogany shelves full of old books, to charming golden bathtubs - the place was a dream for any interior affectionada.
The old-fashioned hospitality, with all breakfasts either served in your room or in one of the beautiful living areas, definitely made my stay more relaxed and comfortable. You could also ask the reception to light the fireplaces in any of the living rooms, and enjoy a drink, or a self-made cocktail - or just order tea - of course served in the most elegant manner, making you feel perfectly at home.
Even though you felt as if time stood still, the room still had modern features hidden behind layers of charm; such as USB ports for charging, International sockets, and flat-screen TV’s cleverly hidden behind mirrors or cabinets. I loved the REN toiletries - perhaps you would expect a brand like Penhaligon’s at a place like this, but the choice of REN hinted at the fact that this wasn’t a museum, but a modern boutique hotel.
The owners Douglas Blain and Peter McKay have driven around the country to discover treasures of antiques, period-features, and paintings, to decorate the individual rooms. Everything is pretty much bespoke, from the brass taps to the foldable mirrors.
One of the most original, cozy and welcoming places to stay in London.