If you’re looking for a plush ye olde festive staycation – think stepping into a Charles Dickens film adaptation combined with a splash of the 1998 rom-com Shakespeare In Love – then look no further than Batty Langley’s.
This jewel box of a place is tucked away on a quiet side street just a short stroll from the bustle of Liverpool Street, and even people who are well versed in the area are often unaware of its presence.
I invite you to explore the peaceful cobbles of Folgate Street and dip into this boutique hotel for a night’s stay that promises to leave a lasting impression.
As soon as you step into the 29-room property you’re transported into another world, stuffed with rich brocades, silks, antique knick-knacks and a quiet sense of sophistication.
I checked in to the premises on a blustery Thursday night and the place was almost fully-booked bar a couple of rooms.
A pair from the US was just behind me and a younger British couple moved through a corridor ahead, decked out with bags from a shopping excursion.
My room wasn’t quite ready as I was a little early but hanging out at Batty Langley’s is an utter joy and I took a pew in the cosy library area to do a little work and dipped into the honesty bar for a soda.
In good time the friendly receptionist came to get me and one of the bell boys came to direct me to my room on the second floor.
All of the rooms at Batty Langley’s – one of three properties in the hotel group’s portfolio – are named after prolific figures in the area and I was shown to ‘George Wagstaff’. Wagstaffe was an 18th-century bookseller who had premises on nearby Hanbury Street. He was also rumoured to be an alchemist.
The rooms at this spot are particularly perfect during the winter months, with dark woods and rich hues making for a warming mix.
While the place has a thoroughly Old World feel, all of the rooms cater to the 21st-century traveller, with flat-screen TVs cleverly hidden behind mirrors, minibars tucked away in warping wardrobes and USB sockets discretely located by beds above leather-clad desks or elegant side tables.
Batty Langley’s states that it ‘takes bathrooms seriously’ and this is certainly something it does.
All of the washrooms feature restored period fittings, many with cast-iron roll-top baths, restored vintage showers and high-level cisterns.
To top it off, sweet-smelling REN toiletries are on offer and you can play music while in the bath, thanks to a discreet speaker that connects to the smart music system.
After heading out for dinner in the Shoreditch area that evening I returned with a friend for a couple of G&Ts from the honesty bar, while a couple of American guests sat outside enjoying a cigar or two.
After winding my way up to bed, I made sure to fill out my breakfast form for the morning. Batty Langley’s has one of the best morning medleys in town, with everything served on a wooden tray so you can graze at goods at your leisure from the comfort of bed.
Being on a bit of a health kick, I reluctantly skipped the smoked salmon bagels and scrambled eggs and opted for a spinach smoothie, berries, granola and porridge instead.
Everything was served promptly at 6:15am ahead of a train I had to catch from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport that morning.
After polishing everything off, I indulged in another bath, prized myself out of the fluffy robe and ventured out into the morning drizzle.
A stay at Batty Langley’s is a real treat and with each room individually furnished, it’s a gift that keeps on giving…
Batty Langley’s is located at 12 Folgate St, London E1 6BX
To book a stay visit www.battylangleys.com or call 020 7377 4390