Batty Langley’s

Location London

Postcode E1 6BX

Telephone 020 7377 4390

££££

Why we love it...

Georgian-themed luxury

The Place

The third luxury hotel, and period-passion-project, of Douglas Blain and Peter McKay (see Hazlitts and The Rookery), Batty’s was spun out lovingly over five years, before quietly opening its doors in 2015. Georgian-themed with all the trimmings, everything – from the carved wooden bedsteads to the housekeeping trolleys – has been faithfully sourced, or recreated by an army of local artisans. The result is an explosion of deep-wine hues, sumptuous damasks and gilded stucco – with characterful portraits and objets d’art at every turn.

Not that Batty’s takes itself too seriously. Taking their cue from Georgian wit, visual riffs abound: mirrors that fold away to reveal TVs, toilet-cum-thrones – even secret rooms. The 29 regal bedrooms are named after historic Spitafield residents, with especial preference for ‘tarts and thieves’.

Batty’s may be grand but it’s also homely, and eminently private. Because they eschew mass-marketing (preferring the more discreet channels of word-of-mouth) you’ll often have the sitting room to yourself, along with its well-stocked honesty bar.  An indulgent breakfast in bed is almost mandatory, while the charming staff are on-call 24 hours a day for room service. The hotel is filled with 3,500 antique books that are playfully moved about between rooms – an apt expression of a hotel bent on storytelling.

Batty’s may not have courted attention, but it’s certainly found it – with a fast-established reputation for atmosphere and excellence, and the plaudits to show for it. A Spitafields institution in the making.

The Essentials

Price Band ££££
Rooms 29; 28 double, 1 single; 7 with sofa-beds to accommodate children or extra adult; 2 suites and 1 deluxe with access to private terrace
Food breakfast-in-bed, 24 hr room service
Facilities 3 sitting rooms, books, honesty bar, courtyard garden area
Children welcome
Disabled 1 specially adapted room for wheelchair access, lift
Pets not allowed

To Book

Contact Caroline Conaty
Call 020 7377 4390
Fax 020 7377 4391
Email reservations@battylangleys.co.uk
Website www.battylangleys.com

Good To Know

Address 12 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX
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The Location

Find this place: in the heart of Spitalfields, located on site of Medieval priory St Mary Spital; now a residential area thronged with bars and restaurants

What's nearby: Dennis Severs' House, Christ Church, East End/West End of London