We take a trip to Batty Langley’s, a hotel offering offering Georgian charm, opulent interiors and four-poster beds right in the City of London…
This sibling hotel to Hazlitt’s in Soho and The Rookery in Clerkenwell opened last spring and has gained a reputation as a stylish spot for an overnighter. The name refers to designer Batty Langley (1696–1751), who published handbooks designed to help clients plan their houses and gardens “in the most grand taste”. As you’d expect, the hotel is housed in a restored Georgian building. The décor creates the feel of a miniature stately home, filled with antiques, four-poster beds, lavish fabrics and oil paintings. Quirkier touches include throne-like loos made from Elizabethan-style dark wood chairs and a bathroom hidden behind a moving panel of books in the sitting room of a suite. But all this 18th-century style doesn’t mean they’ve overlooked the tech. There’s excellent connectivity in rooms, with flatscreen TVs and media hubs hidden behind folding mirrors. And if you’re looking to catch up with contacts, the three communal spaces are ideal for a business meeting in old-fashioned luxe surrounds. The perfect spot, perhaps, for that intimate pitch with prospective clients tired of the minimalist chic that prevails in this part of London.
From the hotel:
Today, Batty Langley’s has an important part to play in the life of this exciting corner of old London. Our philosophy is simple. We have set out to create the kind of accommodation we ourselves would love to find in the heart of one of the world`s great cities.
Our quiet, characterful bedrooms are furnished with genuine antiques, and every one is different. Our bathrooms are so cool, guests often ask if they can take them home. Your surroundings here are civilised: old fashioned hospitality, friendly, efficient staff, and a location second to none.
Our meeting rooms (one of which has a secluded garden attached) are available for discreet gatherings, away from prying eyes and ears, and for photo shoots and filming.
Batty Langley’s is ideally placed as the gateway to the newly refreshed corner of Old London, only a few short steps from the Square Mile. In among the cobbled streets and time-worn Georgian buildings that surround the hotel are some of the capital’s coolest pubs, bars, shops, restaurants and street markets.