In this infamous land of beards, hipsters and that cereal café, the best hotels in east London get plenty of attention, too. It's an area where millennial culture meets Bangladeshi curry houses, and artisan produce meets glorious working-class London pubs. You’ve got fashionable Broadway Market and craft beer in railway arches, London Fields in Hackney, lovely leafy Victoria Park, trendy-and-decent dining options in Shoreditch, all manner of cheap Vietnamese up the Kingsland Road (try Mein Tay), plus a little further out there’s the Olympic Park and epic Epping Forest for walks that could fool you into thinking you’re in the actual countryside. Hotel-wise, you couldn’t be luckier: eccentrically British and design-focused sleeping options abound. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in east London.
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The best hotels in east London
In the thick of Shoreditch, with its own music venue, in-house record shop and juice bar, Ace is as much a lifestyle brand as it is a hotel. Excellent coffee powers local millennials working on the communal tables in the lobby through the day, before a DJ turns up on a nightly basis. Rooms have a mix of vintage and new furniture and accessories that reflect the design team’s appreciation of artisans. You might find an Ally Capellino leather change box (her shop is just down the road) or a CF Martin & Co guitar in your room.
Polished red-brick railway hotel with Eames furniture and a classic interior colour palette of black, white, greys, woods and reds. The first of Hyatt’s Andaz collection of hotels, it’s got eco-friendly credentials and down-to-earth service. Restaurant options include British plates at 1901, in a former ballroom with a stained-glass dome, or Japanese at Miyako. The free healthy minibar is a winning feature, while horror movies are screened in the hotel’s basement cinema, a moody former Masonic temple.
The best thing by miles about this hotel is the view. Literally miles, with vistas across to the Olympic Park, the Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and beyond to the City skyline, featuring the Gherkin et al. Rooms, all of which are suites, have a simple, modern design, and it’s good for long stays: each one has a full kitchen and there’s a laundry room. It’s also handily located in Westfield and a four minute walk from the tube.
One of those newfangled, stripped-back luxury hotels that stylishly provides the basics at a high standard. Hyper-trendy rooms, starting at a tiny £30, are all clean lines and monochrome, with the odd palm print thrown in. They’ve got a fleet of fixie bikes for guests to borrow and, because they’re all cool and tech-savvy, they’re developing an app that also acts as a room key, and among other things, will help you check in quicker.
The lovingly designed Stepney home of influential interior designer Mr Carter has just two rooms, a single and a double, sharing one bathroom. It’s more fabulous boutique hotel, rich in personality, than B&B though, and the building dates back to 1717. Think frilly, lacy lampshades, glass dressing tables, gold leaf, pouffes and bright, crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets and Chinese screens that hint at opium-den chic. The music room has an Alice in Wonderland feel, and there’s a garden at the back.
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