The Bull & The Hide
What We Love
- A boutique gem near Liverpool Street and Spitalfields Market, with breakfast and a suite optionThe fantastic location, within walking distance of some the area’s most interesting bars, restaurants and curry houses
- The sumptuously decorated bedrooms in soothing colors – quiet sanctuaries in the middle of the financial district
- The unique and colorful history of the building itself
What To Know
- The seven-room hotel sits above a fun local pub
- It's a two-minute walk to the Liverpool Station
- Can get noisy at night; light sleepers should bring earplugs
The Bull & The Hide is the very definition of a secret escape. From the outside, it could be any dimly lit pub down a Victorian alley, but step inside, and you’ll find contemporary art on the walls and surprisingly light-filled, open spaces. You’ll be struck by the hotel’s nonchalant glamour, with its mid-century modern aesthetic, beautifully upholstered chairs and individually decorated bedrooms in soft greys and shimmering metallics.
Although the hotel might look trendy, the building is also steeped in history. Since the 1500s, the site of the hotel has repeatedly changed hands from one noteworthy aristocrat to another. Two of these figures – Edward de Vere and Roger Manners – were said to have been the true authors of some of Shakespeare’s plays.
Good to know
Please be aware that guests must be checked in before 10:30pm.
Rooms and suites
There are only seven rooms in this small hotel, and each one has been individually designed in soft palettes of gray and white, then named after an aspect of the pub’s history. For more room, opt for a suite. Each characterful abode includes
For a refined dining experience and the chance to escape a bustling pub, you can eat upstairs at The Hide, an elegant and intimate restaurant that serves only a small number of guests per night, giving it a quiet, romantic ambiance. The menu changes weekly. Chef Lotfi (aka Ginger) offers seasonal British food with European influences. Expect dishes such as red wine-poached pear with creamy brie, chicory salad and salted pecan braised neck of lamb, cote de boeuf (to share) and chocolate truffle cake with peanut butter and calvados cream.Downstairs, The Bull pub serves massive Scotch eggs and what one happy guest on TripAdvisor called “seriously brilliant sausage rolls.” It’s also known for its craft beers, and it highlights a different locally brewed ale each week. The establishment is owned by British vineyard Hush Heath Estate, so there are plenty of opportunities to try some of the finest British wines on the market.
You won’t get very far before you stumble onto two of Old London’s most iconic treasures: Spitalfields Market and Hawksmoor’s glorious Christ Church. This particular area is where money meets creativity. Bishopsgate is a central thoroughfare in the financial district and yet it also feeds into some of London’s most creative neighborhoods such as trendy Shoreditch and Hoxton, home to many Young British Artists. Hollywood celebrities hang out in the delis and vintage shops around Spitalfields, and the neighborhood is now so hip that you’ll have to train your eye to spot the vestiges of Victorian grime. But tune in carefully and you can hear the chatter of Jack the Ripper tour guides and cockney newspaper callers. You’ll be just steps away from Liverpool Street Station (connected by four Underground lines), and only a few minutes’ stroll away from Brick Lane, home to some of the best flea markets and curry houses in the world. If you want to wander out for a cocktail and snack late at night, you’ll discover that the city never sleeps. The Heron Tower, with its fashionable high-altitude restaurants Duck and Waffle and Sushi Samba, is open around the clock and makes for a perfect place to watch the sun rise over the capital.
How to Get There
We stopped here for lunch during a weekend break in London, the staff are so friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious and the cocktails were too, we had the 4 sharing plates for lunch. Would definitely recommend and will go back
The size, service and quality of the accommodation was a very welcome surprise. Inclusive drinks in the pantry, good breakfast and great service. In London for a room of this quality I’ve paid considerably more for less pleasant experiences.
We came for a last minute week-end and discovered the Bull & The Hide! The room was very nice and clean with all amenities you could wish for. Beyond the room the hotel team was absolutely top notch, very friendly and helpful. We were welcomed by Stephanie who also spoke a little French! A small kitchenette is available with complimentary drinks and snacks during your stay! Location is perfect 2 minutes away from Liverpool street station. We highly recommend it for a drink or a longer stay.
I paid for a Suite, but the Bull and Hide put us in a double room! When I pointed this out, management apologized, but said the Suites were occupied and refused to simply refund me the difference. They kept promising to make it right but just dragged their feet over Email for months. Bait and switch!
Also, management gave us the wrong keys to the entrance and we had no way to get into the hotel when we came home at night!
The space is nice but managed horribly.
I stayed here on my own for 2 nights and I will definetely be back. Clean, confortable and beautiful rooms. The staff couldnt be more helpful and the breakfast was also very tasty and varied. Free refreshments in the shared kitchenette for guests! A 10 from me!