Secret hotel on a cobbled street in Spitalfields

Batty Langley's Hotel 12-14 Folgate St Spitalfields London 240415 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
Batty Langley's Hotel 12-14 Folgate St Spitalfields London 240415 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
Tasteful: Georgian style sits unobtrusively with wi-fi and other modern stuff
Batty Langley's Hotel 12-14 Folgate St Spitalfields London 240415 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
Can we help you, sir? Staff leap up as a journalist enters

YOU WOULD expect the sharpest adherence to style and taste from a hotel created by two founder-members of the Spitalfields Trust.

Douglas Blain and Peter McKay’s hotel, Batty Langley’s, does not disappoint: its five floors feature spaces that are a mixture of the Georgian terraces of Spitalfields and a gentlemen’s club a short carriage ride away in St James’s.

Indeed, the hotel is in Spitalfields, a short walk from Liverpool Street station.

The two entrepreneurs, who own other period-look hotels in London, are masters of detail. McKay reckons he drove almost 50,000km searching Britain for suitable pictures and other fittings.

To convert the site to resemble a Georgian inn cost millions of pounds over almost 25 years.

The staircase is based on a classic example in a City guildhall. Being new, theirs had to be made of fire-safety steel, just as every panelled wall had to have a fireproof core. The staircase steel frame was then encased in wood.

Loving Dalston is writing about this hotel because of its quality and because prices start at £234 a room, which is less than some soulless, chain-owned, business-targeting dormitory hotels charge in London.

Still, even if many of us may never be able to afford even a night at Batty

Batty Langley's Hotel 12-14 Folgate St Spitalfields London 240415 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
What a delight to tumble into the high-quality linen the hotel uses

Langley’s, it’s worth knowing about. An affluent relative visiting London or a boss from abroad would be happy to be pointed towards its handsome portals. And it has made a good effort to tailor a room for wheelchair users.

My only quibble is the name. Batty Langley (1696-1741) would now be called a designer: he wrote handbooks for property owners and their builders to create houses in “the most Grand Taste”. Even at George Washington’s 1730s Mount Vernon, Langley’s influence is evident.

But as a hotel moniker his name means little. Mind, the sign outside avoids the title “hotel” so perhaps understatement is the intention.

As for food and drink at Batty Langley’s, sorry, hotel, I cannot say because I was offered no sustenance when I was shown around. The hotel serves breakfasts in bed but has no restaurant.

BattyWheelchair-friendly bedroom with ensuite bathroom @ Batty Langley's Hotel 12-14 Folgate St Spitalfields London 240415 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
Wheelchair-friendly bedroom with ensuite bathroom at the Spitalfields hotel
Caroline Conaty, Hazlitt's Chief Executive, @ Batty Langley's Hotel 12-14 Folgate St Spitalfields London 240415 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
Heath Robinson touch: Caroline Conaty demonstrates an old-style cistern, one of many old objects specially collected for the hotel

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Batty Langley’s, 12-14 Folgate Street, Spitalfields E1 6BX

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Batty Langley's Hotel 12-14 Folgate St Spitalfields London 240415 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
What a delight to awaken here
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