LEMAN LOCKE LONDON
Feel at home
One of my favorite travel trends is that hoteliers are doing everything to make you feel at home nowadays. And especially if you’re traveling for more than a week, it’s nice to have a comfortable place to rest, recharge the batteries, make your own breakfast and do some work on a proper table. Of course you can rent someone’s house or stay at a fancy hotel, but for more than a week you also want to have an inside gym, a super good location, a concierge and a reasonable price. Insert the stylish self-serviced apartments. Like Zoku in Amsterdam, Sago in New York and Leman Locke in London.
The location is already superb. A two-minute walk from Aldgate East station brings you to Leman Street (hence the name) where the building with 22 floors full of Scandinavian design apartments is waiting for you. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the cafe side of the ground floor are the lovely colors on the wall. A soft pink in the cafe and a soft blue in the corridor and the lobby and check-in space. Combined with furniture in outspoken colors you will immediately fall in love.
Design company Grzywinski + Pons is the one responsible (also check out Boro Hotel in New York). They had to work with a rather sterile and industrial building and turned it into a feast for color-lovers. The concrete is still visible but combined with that soft pink or a powerful mustard yellow it’s not that sterile anymore. They also designed almost all the furniture in the rooms. From the beds to the sofas to the minimalist closets.
There are 168 rooms in the building and I’m testing out the studio on the 20th floor. This is the smallest space but has a very convenient and spacious layout. There’s a kitchen with a dish washer, fridge, all the table wear you can think of and a cooking book. There the cute pink sofa with a blanket on it which looks out to the television on one side and to the city of London from above on the other side. Divided by a small concrete wall you will find the bedroom with another window and a spacious closet. There’s also a bathroom with bath. In the room you’ll find a yoga mat so you keep on doing your exercises. In your room or in the gym on the first floor.
Treves & Hyde
On the first floor you’ll find restaurant and bar Treves & Hyde. As a guest you get a small discount so if you don’t feel like preparing a meal in your own kitchen you can have one here. Or you can just come in for a cocktail. The orange/yellow outlook with a lot of plants is stunning and because the restaurant has windows looking out over the busy street it’s also a good place to go to when you’re alone. Enough to see. I’ve tried the Grilled Lemon Verdana Chicken and it was too good. In the morning they also do breakfast.
Location-wise Leman Locke scores high. The underground takes you to Embankment and Victoria Station in just a few stops. And if you want to explore the area around the hotel you’ll be at Spitalfields Market and Shoreditch in a few minutes where you will find lots of restaurants and shops.
From 130 euros per night, check out: www.lockeliving.com