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
- Handicap Accessible
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
This is without a doubt the best hotel I have ever stayed in!
The staff were delightful and from the moment I stepped inside the hotel they were incredibly polite and attentive. Nothing was too much to ask.
The room was amazing - so comfortable and beautiful.
I had heard wonders about the bacon sandwiches for breakfast and I have to say they exceeded expectations- an absolute must!
I will definitely be back!
Sorry it’s taken this long to write this but the fact I’m writing it now means this little piece of heaven is still on my mind. Can’t fault this hotel. It is truly wonderful. The whole hotel is amazing and so comfortable. In addition the hotel staff are a absolute credit to the owners. Additional praise to the house keeping staff. With all the frills and bits and bobs there was not a speck of dust anywhere and I mean anywhere. Believe you me I looked. In fact it became a bit of a obsession and I lost. I would stay here again in a heart beat and have recommended it to everyone I know that stays in London. Can’t wait to go back and stay again. In fact I would love to move in. There are no further words other than excellent. A truly wonderful experience.
This hotel is outstanding. The building is beautiful. With a small buzz only entry to the building. Very private. The rooms are perfectly appointed. Huge beds and a giant bathroom with an amazing shower and bathtub. I will forever compare ALL hotel bathrooms to this one, and none will ever compare. The service is also amazing. Absolutely must stay if you are in London.