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Batty Langley’s Hotel: A sophisticated Georgian retreat in London’s East End

The hotel is a hidden gem that offers a slice of old London amid the bustle of the modern city, says Attitude's Dale Fox

By Dale Fox

Batty Langley's hotel exterior and a view of one of its terraces
Batty Langley's Hotel (Image: Dale Fox/Attitude)

Nestled in the heart of Shoreditch, Batty Langley’s Hotel offers a unique blend of Georgian elegance and contemporary comfort. Named after Batty Langley, an 18th-century architect and garden designer who published handbooks on Georgian architecture and interiors, the hotel embodies the spirit of its namesake. My stay at this boutique hotel, accompanied by my husband (and our chihuahua Noodles), provided a refreshingly sophisticated departure from typical London accommodations.

Arrival and first impressions

Upon arrival, the hotel’s striking Georgian facade immediately sets the tone for the experience ahead. The check-in process is smooth and efficient, with the friendly concierge striking a perfect balance between professional courtesy and genuine warmth.

Noodles is thrilled to be the hotel’s first canine guest (Image: Dale Fox/Attitude)

Notably, Batty Langley’s has recently introduced a dog-friendly policy. As the parents of their first canine guest, we were impressed by the thoughtful amenities provided for Noodles, including a comfortable bed, treats, and water dishes.

Accommodation: The Batty Langley room

Our room, the namesake Batty Langley, exemplifies the hotel’s commitment to period authenticity without sacrificing modern comforts. The centerpiece is an impressive four-poster bed, complemented by faithfully reproduced Georgian decor. Modern amenities are discreetly integrated, with a television cleverly concealed behind mirrored panels above the (decommissioned) fireplace.

In the bathroom, a cavernous shower and huge clawfoot bath take centre stage amid the tasteful white marble and dark wood decor.

The room’s standout feature, however, is its spacious outdoor terrace, complete with seating – a rarity in central London. This huge private outdoor space – probably the size of most standard hotel rooms – proves an idyllic spot for enjoying our meals and allowing Noodles some fresh air to run around in.

Dining experience

While Batty Langley’s doesn’t boast a full-service restaurant, its room service menu offers a curated selection of fresh, high-quality dishes, all made to order. We grab a light early dinner of fresh ravioli and a charcuterie, brought to us by the lovely Helen of the housekeeping team.

Food on plates
Light lunch delivered with a smile (Image: Dale Fox/Attitude)

For breakfast the next morning, the ever-charming Helen drops off a delicious bagel sourced from the renowned Brick Lane Bakery and a classic bacon sandwich – both beautiful and both excellent representations of local cuisine. We also go for fresh juice and smoothies on the side, as well as cappucinos to sip as we enjoy the morning sun on our stunning terrace.

Food on plates on a table
Breakfast on our sunny terrace (Image: Dale Fox/Attitude)

Hotel ambiance and amenities

Each room at Batty Langley’s is individually named and decorated, creating the atmosphere of a private Georgian residence rather than a conventional hotel. While you won’t find facilities such as a pool or gym, the unique ambiance more than compensates.

Lounge in a hotel
The hotel’s cosy communal lounge (Image: Dale Fox/Attitude)

Noteworthy features are the communal lounge room with its honesty bar, adding to the hotel’s intimate and trusting atmosphere, as well as a sunny ground-floor terrace if your room doesn’t come with its own.

Location and surroundings

Batty Langley’s prime location serves as an ideal base for exploring London’s vibrant East End. The hotel is within walking distance of popular attractions such as Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, offering guests easy access to the area’s eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and cultural sites. We visit the market ourselves, grabbing a selection of street food snacks (and some treats for Noodles).


As we conclude our stay, it’s clear that Batty Langley’s offers more than just accommodation – it provides a genuine experience. The hotel successfully marries historical elegance with contemporary needs, creating a memorable stay for those seeking something beyond the standard hotel offering.

Whether visiting for a romantic getaway, a unique business trip, or a pet-friendly city break, Batty Langley’s delivers on all fronts. Its attention to detail, from the period-appropriate decor to the thoughtful pet amenities, sets it apart in London’s competitive hotel scene.

In essence, Batty Langley’s is a hidden gem that offers a slice of Georgian London amid the bustle of the modern city. It’s a hotel that not only meets our expectations but exceeds them, leaving us (and Noodles) with a desire to return and experience its unique charm once again.

To book direct, visit the Batty Langley’s Hotel website.