Sister hotel to Hazlitt’s, the Rookery has long been something of a celebrity hideaway deepin the heart of Clerkenwell. Its front door is satisfyingly hard to find; when Fabric devotees are about the front rooms can be noisy, but the place is otherwise as creakily calm as a country manor house.
Once inside, guests enjoy an atmospheric warren of rooms, each individually decorated in the style of a Georgian townhouse: huge clawfoot baths, elegant four-posters, antique desks, old paintings and brass shower fittings. Modernity isn’t forgotten though: there’s free Wi-Fi.
There’s an honesty bar in the bright and airy drawing room at the back, which opens on to a sweet little patio. The ground-floor suite has its own hallway, a cosy boudoir and a subterranean bathroom with a double-ended cast-iron bath. Topping it all is the huge split-level Rook’s Nest suite, which has views of St Paul’s Cathedral.