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.
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Went for a drink here the other evening and staff decided to close the bar early even though there were plenty of customers and refused to give us a drink at 9.30pm. When we mentioned the advertised closing time was 11pm we got a mouthful of abuse from the barmaid. Absolutely shocking customer service, will not be going back!
After dinner at the nearby New Street Grill we were looking for a welcoming pub or bar to spend our Sunday evening in . After dismissing several nearby watering holes that were either impossible to get served or find a seat, and several others that looked like the last watering hole before falling onto a train home, we found the ball. A relaxed environment with friendly team , a mix of young and old were found in a calm environment where we could enjoy a nice drink with conversation. Particular mention must go to Stephanie the Manager, although she did look rather pensive when my wife asked who looked after the Womens toilets, she had no need to worry. They were a credit to her and the team, spotlessly clean and maintained and put others in the area to shame . Well done we will be back
We stay in London regularly for work and normally stay in regular hotels rather than “above a pub”, however due to everywhere being busy we ended up booking a room here. The location was great, so close to Liverpool Street station and spittle field market. The staff were very friendly but left you alone to come and go as you please. The rooms were individually decorated and extremely comfortable bed and great quality bedding. Excellent bathroom and huge tv. There was no kettle in the room but that was because there was a small kitchen on our floor (shared with one other room), where there were coffee/ tea facilities and beer, coke, crisps and biscuits all available all day, amazing. I think we had the last available room so it was on the top floor, this meant lots of stairs but it also meant you were above any noise. I would highly recommend this hotel, they are expanding at the moment on the lower floors so don’t let the stairs put you off.
We stayed for two nights over Halloween. We are a family of five and stayed in the Hush Suite. The suite was great and the staff were great. Highly recommended. Anytime we are back in London we'll be staying here.
Lively pub in a very convenient location near to Liverpool st station with rooms above.
My room was a couple of floors up, fortunately I only had a cabin bag. I imagine with more luggage the stairs could prove challenging as they are tight and steep (it’s an old building so this is part of the charm).
The room was very tastefully decorated and well thought out, a nice big bathroom with excellent shower. The only problem was that it was cold and the heating controls were not easy to work or understand. A cheat sheet would be helpful.
Also spotted pest control traps in the bathroom, a little off putting but I suppose to be expected in old buildings in the heart of the city.
The staff are very welcoming and helpful and the breakfast was individually prepared, so leave a bit of time to enjoy it.
My 2 gripes were the fact that the stair lights are on a sensor which only comes on when you reach the first floor. Coming down 2 flights on the pitch black with luggage wasn’t pleasant - fortunately my phone has a torch, otherwise could be quite dangerous.
2nd gripe is the cost. I paid £300 for one night, for this I would expect just a little more attention to detail.
But, not bad, and maybe if you can get a better deal, a good place to stay.