Just down the road from Clerkenwell, Farringdon has historic buildings, atmospheric streets and a real sense of olde-worlde London. If you’re looking to get in on the East London action, take a look at Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels in the area.
Pubs with Rooms
The Coach has four modern boutique hotel rooms | Courtesy of The Coach / Hotels.com
After reopening in 2018, The Coach became the kind of place that’s easy to sink into. It mixes mid-century style with plush fabrics and an industrial edge. Afternoons can easily be spent poring over a book from the comfort of an Egyptian-cotton-clad bed or lingering over lunch in the conservatory-style dining room. As it first opened in the 18th century, it has a long, unique history. Apparently, the fabled highwayman Dick Turpin once dropped in for a visit, and a one-time proprietor met his end in the cellar where he kept bears for baiting.
Among the hubbub of Smithfield Market, modern boutique hotel Malmaison shines bright. The rooms bring together a mixture of textures and colours, as seen in its velvet-clad headboards, marble-topped tables and retro reclining chairs. The Mal Club rooms have a little extra pizzazz in the form of Sky Sports, selected coffee-table books and Lavazza coffee machines. After 5pm, you’ll find a buzzing crowd enjoying the Chez Mal Brasserie, which offers contemporary cocktails and an à la carte menu of seasonal dishes.
The Zetter Hotel, which lies in a converted Victorian warehouse, is brimming with character. Retro furnishings are paired with contemporary design. If available, book into a deluxe rooftop room to soak in an outdoor neon pink tub with views of the Gherkin. In the hotel’s restaurant and bar, guests can enjoy signature cocktails and brasserie-style fare while seated in high-backed velvet armchairs.
The Rookery’s bathrooms, some of which have chequered floors, copper rain showerheads or lace curtains, often grab guests’ attention. However, the rooms are equally impressive. They have a luxurious eccentricity that pays loving homage to the building’s historical roots, plus antique furniture and oddball additions such as Edwardian bathing machines. Outside the hotel, you’ll find excellent restaurants and bars in this trendy pocket of East London.
As the smaller sibling of The Zetter Hotel, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell offers a stay that any mod rocker would approve of. Bohemian trinkets litter the lounge and bar, where fires blaze and mixologists whip up trendy signature cocktails. Each of the 13 bedrooms is uniquely designed. However, you’ll find Brit-pop references in all, such as Union Jack bedding or bulldog doorstoppers. With its decadent and uber-cool ambience, it perfectly sums up the eclectic style of its Clerkenwell locale.
Right next to Farringdon station, the Fox and Anchor offers several opulent bedrooms above a beautifully wood-panelled pub. Plush Hypnos beds, roll-top baths, an abundance of velvet throw cushions, Sky Plus TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi make the five boutique bedrooms difficult to leave. Do venture out, though, if only to sample the craft beers in the pub or the local produce in nearby Smithfield Market. With its great location, luxurious accommodation and delicious local sustenance, this one ticks all the right boxes.
With Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations just a short walk away and the City of London nearby, The Bryson Hotel offers an ideal spot for both work-related and leisurely visits. Rooms are modern and moodily decorated in blacks and reds. Also, the hotel’s soundproof windows will ensure you get the best night’s sleep possible.
The One Tun Pub offers charming boutique accommodations that feel a world away from Farringdon’s thronging crowds. While the traditional and comfortable rooms feature modern amenities, the book-printed wallpaper, gilt-framed mirrors and antique-style dressing tables add a sense of opulence. The pub, which was mentioned in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, offers a surprising menu of pan-Asian food and cocktails.