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OVERVIEW

A vibrant, laid-back hotel well situated for the hipster hangouts of London's East End and not far from the City. The neighbourhood setting is brought into the hotel with street art on the walls and stories of local ingredients and adventurers on the cocktail menu. Rooms have fabulous views of the towers of the Docklands.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Located just a few steps from Aldgate East station, this hotel is on the edge of the City of London and at the start of the East End. The vintage shops and markets of Brick Lane are just a saunter away, while Spitalfields and the artistic streets of Shoreditch are about a 15-minute walk. The Whitechapel Gallery, known for its exhibitions of contemporary artists, and the Toynbee Studios, the headquarters of performance art in London, are within a short walk of the hotel.

By car: the hotel is 4 hours from Manchester, 2 hours 30 mins from Birmingham and 7 hours from Glasgow. Public parking is available from £4 per hour.

By train: Liverpool Street Station is 15 minutes' walk away. Kings Cross and Euston stations are around 30 minutes away in a taxi. Book trains to London.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The hotel has embraced its location and commissioned several artists to enliven the public spaces, including well-known street artist Jay Kaes, who has spray-painted a mural in the basement reception. Elsewhere botanicals are seen throughout in interesting installations of plants and flowers, while rich teal and ochre colours appear in the upholstery and paintwork.

THE FACILITIES

Staff are friendly and personable, and check-in is swift in the basement reception area. At breakfast, serving staff take the time to talk to guests about their stays and their plans for exploring the city. Facilities are limited, but there's a fitness area and you can leave luggage.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Fitness centre
  • Public parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms are calm and minimal, with pops of colour coming in with perhaps a red sofa or chair or an abstract painting on the wall. Some floors are pet-friendly, and all rooms feature a dedicated workspace, smart TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Bathrooms are small with showers and simple amenities.

Room types: King, Twin, King with sofa bed, King with balcony, King with terrace

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, dedicated workspace, TV, sofa, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Eight expertly-crafted seasonal cocktails are served in Pocket Square, and with each you can order a paired "bite". Pepys Gold, with a nod to the history of the great fire of London, is paired with Lincolnshire Poacher smoked cheese and tequila-infused chutney, while potent Royal Navy-inspired Sedition is complemented by a tempura oyster with ponzu dressing.

Zoom East: sicilian, arabian-italian cuisine. Open daily 12-10pm.

Pocketsquare: rooftop bar, drinks and cocktails. Open Mon-Wed 5pm-midnight and Thu-Sat 3pm-midnight.

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