The Rookery

12 Peters Lane, Cowcross St. (City Centre) London

This sibling of Hazlitt's and The Gore oozes period charm.

The Rookery was the name given to this district in the eighteenth century; beyond the jurisdiction of the City of London, it became synonymous with thieves and lawlessness --- this was Fagin's London. Today it's an area that's enjoying a great deal of rejuvenation with the redevelopment of Clerkenwell just to the north. To that end, a row of Georgian houses in a narrow lane have been turned into a little gem of a hotel; it is creaky and quaint and feels as if it's been around forever. There are open fires, flagstone floors and lots of wood paneling, and the rooms and public spaces are crammed with antiques and paintings. The star room is the Rook's Nest Suite. It's on two levels and has a 40-foot ceiling and stunning views across the rooftops of the City of London. Its bathroom is to die for, with original Victorian fittings (as in all the rooms) and --- thankfully --- modern plumbing. There's no shortage of 21st-century essentials such as Wi-Fi, though even the mini-bars and personal safes have been cunningly concealed in antique furniture. While there's no restaurant on-site, this is an area with some particularly good dining establishments within a couple of minutes' walk. Breakfasts are delicious with home-baked croissants and great coffee.

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12 Peters Lane, Cowcross St. (City Centre) EC1M 6DS London United Kingdom Subway: Farringdon


+44 (0)20 7336 0931 Hotel’s Website

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