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
A boutique hideout in a prime location between the City, the Barbican and fashionable Spitalfields
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.