What We Love
- Quadruple-glazed windows for super-silent snoozing
- Taking a drink from the honesty bar out into the private courtyard
- Cozying up in the library on winter evenings
- Breakfasting in bed on smoothies and smoked salmon
What To Know
- Breakfast is not included in the rate
- There’s no gym or restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
If you traveled back in time and an eccentric merchant invited you into his home…well, this is probably what it would look like. With its collection of individually decorated rooms and welcoming public spaces (a drawing room, library, parlor, etc.), Batty Langley’s has the intimate, exclusive feel of a private members’ club—think lots of bookcases lining the walls and overstuffed velvet sofas by open fires. Guest rooms are decked out in bright paint and upholsteries, brimming with vintage fittings, oil paintings, carved oak beds, roll-top baths, and silk draperies with locally relevant prints. Even the offbeat touches are incredibly charming: the toilet is shaped like a throne, there’s a vintage tin shower fixture, and the bathroom itself is hidden away behind a moving bookcase (and, if you’ve missed it, there’s a flat-screen TV hidden behind that mirror). Is it over the top? Absolutely. Do we love it? No question.
In the Area
The Nicholas Hawksmoor-designed Christ Church was the old center of the neighborhood, and it’s worth stopping by for a peek into the building, which dates back to 1729 (plus, there’s a café in the crypt). Spitalfields Market, just two minutes away, has got you covered food-wise, with everything from an oyster bar to street food carts to a wine bar under its Victorian roof—not to mention a huge array of stalls selling antiques and vintage clothes with high-end brands like Belstaff and Jigsaw owning acreage too. Also around the corner is Blixen, an über-trendy spot where creatives lounge around all day with a cappuccino and a bacon-and-tomato-jam sandwich. In good weather, wander over to The Water Poet, a pub and beer garden that has an excellent list of craft ales and classic English dishes with a modern edge (try the deviled whitebait with smoked aioli). For exploring farther afield, there’s an Underground station just six minutes away.
How to Get There
I booked a meeting room in this hotel as the price was competitive and it looked better than some of these cardboard meeting room places I have used in the past. My brief experience of Batty Langley's was very good particularly the staff who nothing was too much trouble for. The hotel itself is more boutique, but tastefully designed and very upmarket. I certainly would like to stay here in the future and sample more of there hospitality. They have no parking though so bear this in mind though Liverpool Street Station is literally 5 minutes walk and just around the corner is a fabulous restaurant which I reviewed previously.
A small hotel on an atmospheric little street very close to Spitalfields Market, a few blocks from Liverpool Street Station and the City. My room on the 3rd floor was quiet and luxurious. Fairly expensive, but maybe not in the London context. Nice cafes and restaurants within a few blocks. I arrived later in the evening, so took advantage of room service to order a good smoked salmon plate. I didn't have breakfast in the hotel, since there are so many nice breakfast places around. The service was very pleasant. The hotel is right next door to the extremely unusual Dennis Severs House--more an experience than a museum--and definitely worth a visit.
After reading some reviews on Batty Langley I decided to take a chance and book a two night stay as I was in the area for a business meeting. What a wonderful surprise. Greeted by Gary on arrival the welcome was prompt and professional and I felt at ease straight away, after a swift check in I was shown the ground floor amenities and brought to my room. Breakfast in my room in the morning was fantastic. The area is surrounded by numerous good restaurants and the staff on reception were very helpful on advising. On my second evening I met Gary in the lobby and he kindly booked me a taxi that arrived very promptly. I have stayed in the large 5 star hotels in London but this is up there with the best of them and the personal touch made it even more special. I will be back.
The room was clean and the house keeping staff were very cooperative and pleasant.
The area is very nice.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, only room service for breakfast, which is not very comfortable.
There are several pleasant rooms on the ground floor, as well as an honesty bar, but they are hardly used by the guests except for waiting for flights after check out.
The staff at the front desk is not very helpful. when asked about the best way to travel to the airport, the response was "Whatever you choose"! when asked to recommend a restaurant the response was very general.
The decor is old style, so there were to faucets for cold and hot water and you could only mix the water in the wash basin.
The entree into the bath tub is awkward and you have to climb on a stool. Hence comfort is at the cost of preserving the style.
The price is too high for what you get.
Our five night stay at Batty Langley's was perfect in every way! The hotel is beautiful with elegantly appointed rooms and public spaces. We stayed in the "Henry William Pickersgill" suite, which is in the "Deluxe Double" category. Both the bedroom and the bath were large and well furnished. The entire staff goes out of their way to ensure that your needs and wants are met, so that you have a memorable stay. Everyone is professional and friendly. We enjoyed having breakfast in our room, and all of the items were delicious and delivered on time each morning. The location of the hotel was very convenient, as it is surrounded by numerous restaurants and is close to Spitafield's Market. The Liverpool Station is less than a 10 minute walk, so it is easy to reach both the Underground and the trains. London is an expensive city, yet we felt that Batty Langley's was an excellent value. The hotel met all of our expectations and will be our choice for future stays in London!