London, United Kingdom

Batty Langley's

Rates from (ex tax)$207.49

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP199.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Unabashedly batty

Setting

Historic Spitalfields

You can’t go through life unnoticed with the name Batty Langley; the same goes for Batty Langley’s hotel, a Georgian temple to fun and frolics in the beating heart of London. Experience 18th- and 19th-century London – minus the scabies and scrofula – at this historic hideaway, whose witty bathrooms and bedrooms betray the owners’ healthy sense of humour. Begin days here with a bacon-stuffed sandwich or smoked-salmon bagel – tastiest in bed – and end with a tipple or two in one of the smart little lounges. Batty joins a distinguished family: its siblings are Hazlitt’s Hotel in Soho and the Rookery in Clerkenwell.

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A bottle of red or white wine if you're staying in a Club, Luxury or Superior Double room; prosecco if you've booked a Deluxe Terrace room, Junior Suite or the Earl of Bolingbroke boudoir. Goldsmiths will get a bottle of champagne

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

29, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $208.76 (£166), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP199.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude Continental breakfast (£12 for adults; £5 for mini Battys). You’ll get a baker’s basket filled with just-baked croissants, warm breads and pastries, plus preserves and yoghurt, and can add granola, a bacon sandwich or salmon bagel.

Also

If you like the look of Batty, appraise its siblings: Hazlitt’s Hotel in Soho and the Rookery in Clerkenwell.

At the hotel

Two lounges; honesty bar; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Apple TV; minibar; Ren bath products; feature bathrooms.

Our favourite rooms

Bed down like Batty in his Deluxe Terrace chamber, styled with dark decadence and boasting a tempting four-poster bed, generous roll-top bath and a pretty terrace with elegant, green-cushioned benches. Opulent gold curtains and fresh flowers decorate Batty’s boudoir, whose walls are painted a dramatic charcoal-grey. There’s a flatscreen TV concealed in here somewhere – gold star to whoever finds it first. If you like your rooms to have a whiff of scandal, bed down in the Kitty Fisher suite, named for – and inspired by – a famous 18th-century courtesan (the suite’s lavish bed is a highlight, as is the Victorian bathing machine in the bathroom). Then again, we love the blue, grey and yellow Earl of Bolingbroke Suite, named for an earl who once had a mansion in Spital Square. This suite sprawls across two levels, has a luggage lift to eliminate arm-ache and boasts a bed built for a rather saucy bishop…

Packing tips

Bring a cravat, monocle or corset. Save yards of room in your suitcase for Spitalfield finds – Brick Lane has some brilliant boutiques.

Also

One of the fourth-floor Luxury Double One of the fourth-floor Luxury Double rooms is suitable for wheelchair-users (and accessible by lift). The hotel has thoughtfully installed smoke alarms adapted for guests who are visually impaired or hard of hearing.

Children

Little Smiths can come too. If you need to borrow baby kit – a travel or foldaway cot, baby bedlinen, a changing mat, highchair or baby bath – just ask. Cots (free) can be added to all rooms.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Your bed (how utterly lovely). Breakfast can also be taken in one of the cosy lounges, if you don’t want crumbs on pillows…

Dress Code

Georgian gentleman/gentlewoman.

Hotel restaurant

Batty doesn’t have a restaurant, but you won’t go hungry here. Enjoy a princely breakfast in bed – or downstairs – and order treats to your room around the clock. Room-service comestibles riff on Batty’s best-of-British theme: open ciabattas stuffed with Somerset cheddar and apple-and-walnut chutney, or oak-smoked salmon, lumpfish caviar and crème fraîche, for example. If you’re after something more substantial, mains include smoked salmon with bread and butter, crab tortellini, risotto with porcini mushrooms and sage butter, or beef Bourguignon with potatoes and green beans.

Hotel bar

In keeping with Batty’s home-from-home feel, there’s an honesty bar in the lounge. Help yourself to a choice of top-notch wines, spirits and beers, then jot down your tipple/s of choice on the ledger. There’s even a handy cocktail-recipe book to get you started – try a DIY East London Spritz: a muddle of vodka, cherry liqueur and Fever Tree tonic, topped with a sprig of fresh mint.

Last orders

Order breakfast whenever you like. Stay refreshed around the clock, with help from the hotel’s well-stocked honesty bar.

Room service

Hefty sandwiches and delicious British mains – supplied by artisan British producers, natch – can be ordered to your room, 24/7.

Location

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Address
Batty Langley's
12 Folgate Street
E1 6BX
London
United Kingdom

Planes

Heathrow – Europe’s busiest airport – is 22 kilometres away, an hour’s drive (www.heathrow.com). Hotel transfers in a black cab can be arranged (£75 each way); alternatively, hop in a taxi or Uber from the airport.

Trains

From Heathrow, you can catch the Heathrow Express to Paddington (a speedy 15-minute journey), then take a taxi or the Tube to Liverpool Street Station, which is on the Central, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines (www.tfl.gov.uk).

Automobiles

There’s a public car park a few minutes’ walk away (broadgate.co.uk/around/carpark).

Worth getting out of bed for

Pick up vintage threads from the retro treasure troves that line Brick Lane and wander around Boxpark: a pop-up retail park by Shoreditch High Street with an ace selection of tip-top boutiques. Catch a film, show or exhibition at Rich Mix or the Barbican; potter around the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton; step back in time at Dennis Severs’ House, right next to Batty Langley’s. On Sunday mornings, watch London bloom at the Columbia Road Flower Market and pause in the shops, cafés and pubs that blossom in abundance by the market. Browse the stalls inside Spitalfields Market; dip into the covered street-food market on Brick Lane if you’re getting peckish. Mrs Smiths can get ghetto-fabulous nails at Imarni Nails, within Boxpark; Mr Smiths seeking an old-school cut or shave should drop by Jack the Clipper. Admire Georgian architecture by taking a perambulation around the hotel’s ’hood, starting in Fournier Street and heading north-east along Wilkes Street, Hanbury Street, and Folgate Street to Elder Street. Look out for the original wooden doors, elegant sash windows, detailed brickwork and lofts. Eyeball Christ Church, built by Nicholas Hawksmoor in 1729, and his elegant Rectory next door. Don’t miss Artillery Lane, where you will find one of the most beautifully preserved Georgian shopfronts in London, now the Raven Row Gallery.

Local restaurants

Grab a bite to eat at Boxpark’s array of bars and cafés – Voodoo Ray’s pizza is a cheap, delicious snack; there’s also an excellent falafel café upstairs. Andina is one of London’s best Peruvian restaurants, a short stroll from Shoreditch High Street; in the same stomping ground, there are outposts of Hawksmoor and Dishoom. For a vertiginous meal with a view, book into Duck and Waffle. Stroll down Kingsland Road – aka Phở Mile – for some of the city’s best Vietnamese food (Sông Quê Café is a favourite). If you want fine dining, try Galvin la Chapelle, right by Spitalfields Market. The English is cosy and comforting, as British as bread pudding.

Local cafés

Have breakfast or lunch at St John Bread & Wine, Fergus Henderson’s bakery and small-plates gaff.

Local bars

The Redchurch Bar mixes some mean cocktails, including a delicious ginger number. Boogie on down at XOYO, or meet mates for a pint at the Queen of Hoxton, which does interesting things with its rooftop – transforming it into a giant teepee in winter, for example.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this aristocratic hotel in Spitalfields and unpacked their cravats and crinolines, a full account of their British city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Batty Langley’s in east London…

There are certain things that Britain excels at. Queuing, for example. Tea. Tutting. Producing English eccentrics is another strength – and Batty Langley (1696–1751) is a good example. The lovably named garden designer and prolific writer is best known for his book Ancient Architecture, Restored, and Improved, in which he sets out to improve Gothic forms by giving them Classical proportions. Batty took a similarly creative approach to parenting, bestowing flamboyant names upon his offspring: Hiram, Euclid, Vitruvius and Archimedes, for example. Regrettably, Batty’s original ways and less-than-rigorous financial management eventually led to him being locked up for debt in Newgate Prison.

There’s nothing prison-like about Batty Langley’s hotel, set on a quiet side street decorated with genteel Georgian houses and Victorian street lamps, just a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street Station. Inside, rooms are lavished with glossy wood panelling, warm jewel-bright hues, heavy fabrics and statement beds and bathrooms, where Victorian bathing machines and throne loos await. This is Georgian style, served with a generous dash of humour (we have the owners, Peter and Douglas – two self-proclaimed ‘old gits’ to thank for that). If you’re familiar with Batty’s siblings, Hazlitt’s and The Rookery, you’ll know precisely what to expect. It’s batty – in the best way.

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