Batty Langley’s Hotel in London, UK

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Updated: November 14, 2019

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Review of Batty Langley's Hotel in London, UK.

Batty Langley’s – A secretive, sumptuous, and ‘most unusual’ retreat from London’s hustle and bustle.

You won’t find another place like Batty Langley’s in London (well, except for its sister properties, Hazlitt’s and The Rookery). It is a hotel that puts history and comfort above all else: keeping guests at ease with warm service and providing exquisite historic rooms updated only by luxurious bedding, the odd concealed television, and the finest bathing facilities. Old-fashioned, maybe, but Batty Langley’s is so secure in its aesthetics that it avoids stuffiness. This is the place to come to if you dream of curling up by a cozy fireplace or window seat, taking breakfast in bed, bookcases hiding secret rooms, or simply having unrivaled seclusion in one of the busiest areas of London.

Batty Langley’s – Location

  • Address: 12 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Liverpool Street (Tube and overland trains out of London, 0.3 mile, 6-minute walk) and Shoreditch High Street (London Overground, 0.3 mile, 6-minute walk) are both equidistant from the hotel.
  • Area: Trendy location between Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, with their great restaurants, markets, shopping, and nightlife, and London’s financial district, the “City of London”, full of luxury shops, money changers, and Roman ruins. A major train and tube station, Liverpool Street, is just 4 blocks away.
  • How To Get There: From Gatwick Airport, the high-speed Gatwick Express and slower trains run to London Victoria train station, where you can connect to the London Underground. Other trains connect Gatwick to St Pancras train station, across the street from King’s Cross station, a major London Underground hub. From Heathrow Airport, the Heathrow Express runs to Paddington train station, with onwards London Underground connections. Heathrow is also served directly by the Piccadilly underground line. Consult the Transport for London website and Citymapper app for the best way to reach the hotel.
  • Handy To: Spitalfields, Brick Lane, Shoreditch.

Batty Langley’s – The Basics

  • Ages: No typical guest – everyone from rock stars to royalty and older couples to millennials. Families welcome, although there are no specific facilities for children.
  • View: The Earl of Bolingbroke Suite has views across London to the Olympic Park.
  • Kitchen: Provides 24-hour room service.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: In-room, high-end laundry service.
  • Parking: No private car park, but there are several public car parks nearby.
  • Extras: Turn-down service, TVs with Apple TV and media hub technology, privacy via buzzer entry to hotel (not open to public).
  • When To Book: Runs close to full capacity year-round, so book a couple of months in advance. Quietest nights are Sunday and Monday when you might even snag a last-minute room.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7377 4390
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: battylangleys.com

Batty Langley’s – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: Fully accessible common areas and elevator to all rooms. However, some rooms are better than others for disabled access.
  • For Families: No family rooms per se, but all suites come with sofa beds. Cots and pull-out beds can also be provided.
  • Other Facilities: Three comfy common rooms that visitors are encouraged to make their own, each with a fireplace as well as a small but elegant patio.

Batty Langley’s – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No restaurant, but the kitchen provides 24-hour service, with breakfast, lunch, and main courses available at any time of day. The menu, which includes hearty British food, changes seasonally.
  • Lounge/Bar: The honesty bar means drinks are accessible as and when guests want them – simply write down what you’ve taken and it will be added to the final bill. Guests are encouraged to treat common areas like they’re at home – feet on seats is fine.
  • Breakfast: Available 24 hours, served in bed. Not complimentary; costs £10.99.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Batty Langley’s – Rooms

  • Room Types: Comfort Single Room • Club Double • Superior Double • Deluxe Double • Deluxe Double with terrace • Junior Suite • Suite with sitting room and balcony • Duplex suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Batty Langley’s is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The duplex Earl of Bolingbroke Suite sprawls across 2 floors, with its own luggage elevator, large private terrace with views to the Olympic Park, freestanding Italian marble bath, separate shower room, toilet, and extra (hidden) WC.
  • For Families: All of the suites have at least 2 rooms, each with a sofa bed as well as the master bed.

Batty Langley’s – Local Transport

    The Transport for London website, Citymapper app, and Google Maps will give you the most comprehensive ways to get around London, including walking, taxis, rideshares, and public bicycle information.

  • Walking: London is a mainly flat city, which makes walking around easy. From Batty Langley’s, within 30 minutes you can walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Museum of London, the Tower of London, Borough Market, or Columbia Road flower market. Within 1 hour you can be in the West End.
  • Subway and Bus: Liverpool Street Station (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk) is the best station for going anywhere in central London. The Central Line (red) goes to Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, or Marble Arch, which are good for the British Museum, Regent Street, and Hyde Park (respectively). Alternatively, the Circle Line (yellow) will take you to Tower Hill for the Tower of London; Embankment for Trafalgar Square (from which is an easy walk up the Mall to Buckingham Palace), Covent Garden, and the Southbank Centre (across Hungerford Bridge); and Westminster for the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye (across Westminster Bridge). There are buses from Liverpool Street to almost any part of town: check bus stop maps/online for more.
  • Taxis, Uber: London’s famous Black Cabs can be hailed from the street or ordered via the Gett app. Uber is also ubiquitous throughout the city – you’ll rarely have more than a 5-minute wait for a cab, although costs can rack up in traffic – you may wish you’d walked.

Batty Langley’s – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

    Most tours in the area start at Aldgate East Station (0.6 mile, 11-minute walk), Whitechapel Gallery (0.6 mile, 12-minute walk), or Shoreditch High Street Station (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk).

  • Secret Food Tours – This company offers 2 unique tours of the area to take in some of the gastronomic delights: the Shoreditch Food Tour, which includes Jewish, Ghanaian, British, and Indian food, or the Indian Food Tour, which hones in on the cuisine Brick Lane is most famous for.
  • Alternative London – Also offers food tours of the area but is perhaps best known for their street art tours, in which you can try your hand at some graffiti.
  • Jack the Ripper Tour – Using ‘Ripper-Vision’, the ‘Ripperologist’ guide will project images from the time onto buildings to give more of a flavor of how it would have been in Jack’s time, plunging you into the world of one of the most famous unsolved mysteries of all time.

Best Nearby Restaurants

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Kings Stores – Downstairs a boozer with live sports on the TV, upstairs gastro-pub roasts in a gorgeous dining room. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • The Ten Bells – In love with its own history, this candle-lit pub is a real Spitalfields institution. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Bottles – Oenophiles welcome at this cozy wine bar on the edge of Old Spitalfields Market. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Big Chill Bar – Good for food, drink, and dancing with live DJs Thursday-Saturday. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • The Culpeper – Elegant but pared-back multistorey inn with a pub, restaurant, roof garden. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • All Star Lanes – Whether you come for the bowling, food, drink, or dancing, you’re guaranteed a good time. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Discount Suit Company – Cozy cocktail bar hidden in the old storeroom of a menswear shop. Look for the unmarked door on Petticoat lane. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Well & Bucket – Exposed brick, leather, and copper decor suits this stripped-back pub with a basement cocktail bar. Menu focuses on oysters and craft beer. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Cafes

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Old Spitalfields Market – From produce to artisans and antique stalls to chic shopping district, Spitalfields has undergone quite a transformation. Visit the ‘old’ part of the market for a taste of its history. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Inspitalfields – Tasteful gift shop with a small but classy London section. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Rough Trade East – Legendary record label/record store/gig space/cafe. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Boxpark Shoreditch – Independent traders and big brands rub shoulders in their tiny refurbished shipping containers in this “pop-up mall”. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Libreria – A bookshop whose layout is designed to stimulate creativity and help visitors find new ideas in an organic way. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Old Truman Brewery – The old brewery buildings host permanent and pop-up shops, conferences, galleries, markets, bars, and restaurants. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • House of Vintage – The whole Brick Lane area, especially Cheshire Street, is filled with vintage clothes stores. This is the classiest. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Labour and Wait – Design and vintage approach to hardware and homeware on achingly hip Redchurch Street. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

Batty Langley’s – The Hotel

The hotel has a private entrance and no restaurant or bar.

The hotel, aptly named after a Georgian interior designer, is buzzer-entry only – there is no restaurant or bar, so the hotel is not open to the public, something that brings guests blissful privacy and anonymity.

Some lounge areas have comfortable window seats.

One of the communal areas – where better to curl up with a book, or simply people-watch, than those window seats?

Lounge areas feature fireplaces and comfortable furnishing.

Every common space sports a roaring fire and period-appropriate features without forsaking the needs of modern travelers.

This lounge has an honesty bar.

Another communal area with French doors that open out to a patio – the perfect spot for afternoon tea, or making yourself a drink from the honesty bar.

The small patio has n even smaller fountain.

The petite patio with a trickling fountain provides respite from the busy city outside.

Junior Suites are comfortable and spacious.

Each room is different, as fittings are often antiques, custom-made, or one-of-a-kind. This is one of the Junior Suites; each comes with a bedroom, living room (with extremely comfy sofa bed), and magnificent bathrooms.

Junior Suites have small libraries and TVs.

The living rooms in the Junior Suites also have little libraries and TVs, though they are often hidden away so you can switch off completely should you choose.

Junior Suites feature marble bathtubs or wooden toilets.

Each of Batty Langley’s rooms has a special feature, often in the bathroom. This Junior Suite has an Italian marble bath, while one of the others has a wooden throne toilet.

The Club Double has an antique oak bed.

This Club Double sports a 17th-century carved oak bed, brought up to date with comfy bedding; a taste of old England with none of the discomfort. The facing wall of this particular room boasts an extensive book collection.

The single Box Room is tiny but comfortable.

The Box Room, the hotel’s only single room, may be tiny, but it is practically perfect in its facilities, with a stunning sink in the room and separate toilet and shower cubicles.

The Box Room has all the expected luxuries.

Facing the bed in the Box Room is a ‘Georgianized’ television and all the little luxuries that staying in any of the other rooms affords.

Earl of Bolingbroke Suite is the hotel's best room.

The hotel’s crowning glory is the Earl of Bolingbroke Suite, with a wall of books (pressing one in particular will reveal a surprise), a grand writing desk, and 2 hidden TVs.

The upstairs bedroom is bright and colorful.

Upstairs in the Earl of Bolingbroke Suite (to which there’s a baggage elevator), skylights and French doors flood the huge bedroom with plenty of natural light.

The suite's private terrace offers panoramic views.

The Earl of Bolingbroke Suite’s private terrace has views over East London chimneys to the Olympic Park one way, and the modern skyscrapers of the financial district the other.

The suite has a free-standing marble bathtub.

Also in the Earl of Bolingbroke Suite: a freestanding marble bath and TV, cleverly disguised as a gilt-framed mirror, are opposite the bed, and a walk-in shower is off to one side.

Liverpool Street station nearby is very well-connected.

With 2 stations within a 6-minute walk from the hotel, Batty Langley’s is very well serviced for public transport. Liverpool Street station is a major hub for overland trains to eastern parts of the country, such as Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. There are also many London transport lines – underground and overground – as well as many buses from right outside.

Shoreditch High Street station nearby also has several train connections.

From Shoreditch High Street station, you can get the London Overground to many of the trendiest neighborhoods in London like Dalston, Clapham, Islington, and Peckham.

The Old Spitalfields Market is close by.

Between those 2 stations lies Old Spitalfields Market (left), whose north-westernmost corner is a 1-minute walk from the hotel. Originally a Victorian produce market, its derelict shell housed independent artisans in the late 20th century before gentrification brought in sleek chains and designer stores. It is overlooked by the magnificent Christ Church Spitalfields, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor (pupil of Christopher Wren).

Old Spitalfields Market is very popular on weekends.

These days, Old Spitalfields Market has international designer boutiques and chain stores sitting alongside stalls selling handmade goods and street food in an attempt to keep some of the flavor of the old market in spite of the influx of wealth. It gets packed on weekends. 3-minute walk.

Galvin brothers' HOP bistro is close by.

At the northwestern corner of the market, a 2-minute walk from the hotel, is the Galvin brothers’ HOP bistro. Perfect if you forgot to make a reservation at their Michelin-starred La Chapelle (just around the corner).

Wright Brothers' happy hours include oysters.

Nestled inside the north side of Old Spitalfields Market, Wright Brothers focuses on seafood paired with great drinks – make sure to go for the decadent happy hours involving oysters. 3-minute walk.

Inspitalfields is an independent boutique and gift shop.

Just east of Wright Bros is Inspitalfields, a delightful independent boutique and gift shop. 3-minute walk.

Bottles wine bar is within the market.

Cozy wine bar, Bottles, is set within the walls of the market on the south side. 5-minute walk.

The infamous Ten Bells pub is near the church.

Almost next door to Bottles, adjacent to Christ Church Spitalfields on Commercial Road, is the infamous Ten Bells pub, which has a connection to one of the Jack the Ripper murders. 5-minute walk.

St. John Bread & Wine features nose-to-tail cooking.

A few doors down from the Ten Bells, St. John Bread & Wine is based on founder Fergus Henderson’s philosophy of ‘nose to tail’ cooking and warm casual fine dining. 4-minute walk.

Poppie’s Fish & Chips outlet within the market is popular for takeaway.

Just inside the market doors closest to St. John is an outlet stall for Poppie’s Fish & Chips. You can also get takeaway from Poppie’s main restaurant. 4-minute walk.

Poppie’s Fish & Chips restaurant has a retro decor.

You’ll find Poppie’s Fish & Chips, the restaurant, with its charming retro decor, if you head east out of the market; it’s just past the Golden Hart pub at the start of Hanbury Street. 4-minute walk.

Nude Espresso and its micro roastery are within walking distance.

On the same side of Hanbury street as Poppie’s, Nude Espresso has paved the way for ethical beans for over a decade. You can take a peek into its micro roastery, opposite. 5-minute walk.

Old Truman Brewery is very busy on weekends.

This whole area of Brick Lane is dominated by the Old Truman Brewery, which was once one of the largest breweries in the world. It now houses all kinds of markets, conventions, shops, bars, cafes, and events, both permanent and popup. During the week, Londoners get on with everyday life, but the whole area is bustling on weekends with stalls and tourists. 8-minute walk.

Rough Trade East is a legendary indie record label and store.

Legendary indie record label and record store Rough Trade East has represented many of the world’s most critically acclaimed acts, including Arcade Fire and The Strokes. 6-minute walk.

Big Chill Bar is a great hangout spot at night.

Walk around the Old Truman Brewery Complex both during the day and night to experience the buildings coming to life in different ways. The Big Chill Bar offers a reliably good night out. 6-minute walk.

Dark Sugars’ Cocoa House is a chocolate heaven.

If you prefer your coffee sweet, keep going down Hanbury St until you hit Brick Lane, where you’ll find Dark Sugars’ Cocoa House: a place for serious chocolate aficionados. 6-minute walk.

Cheshire Street is known for vintage clothes.

Just off Brick Lane is Cheshire Street, a mecca for vintage clothes lovers. 9-minute walk.

The beigels on Brick Lane are very popular.

No visit to Brick Lane would be complete without a bagel – or beigel – from either the yellow or white 24-hour delis near the junction with Bethnal Green Road. 10-minute walk.

Labour and Wait sells stylish homeware.

Redchurch Street is one of the most achingly hip streets in London, packed with independent boutiques, coffee shops, and designer stores. Labour and Wait is a stylish homeware shop for those who prefer their cleaning supplies to be aesthetically pleasing. 10-minute walk.

Andina serves modern Peruvian food.

Andina stands proudly where Redchurch Street meets Shoreditch HIgh Street (an extension of Bishopsgate). Expect inventive ceviches and pisco sours at this high-end Peruvian restaurant. 6-minute walk.

Boxpark Shoreditch container mall offers great shopping.

Boxpark Shoreditch container mall offers a changing selection of miniature shopping experiences, where Bethnal Green Road meets Shoreditch High Street. 6-minute walk.

Gunpowder is known for its Indian sharing menu.

Gunpowder is a pared back modern Indian restaurant whose plates are made to share. Get here early (or else risk a queue). 6-minute walk.

Chez Elles serves authentic French cuisine.

The cozy lighting from candles and fairylights at Chez Elles creates the perfect setting for romance, or just enjoying the authentic French cuisine. 8-minute walk.

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