The Buxton, Whitechapel, London
A sister property to the nearby Culpeper hotel and restaurant, this upstart sibling is just as appealing, with 15 rooms sitting over a ground floor bistro that buzzes with locals seven nights a week. Sample cocktails and small or sharing plates made with the best British ingredients, before retreating to the private roof terrace-slash-kitchen garden, which has stellar views over the City. In a nod to the hotel's namesake Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, who helped raise the living standards of Spitalfields' weavers, bedrooms feature work by local textile designers. A stylish spot to bed down, this bijou hotel is a bit of a bargain for those who plan on spending most of their time out and about in East London.
Your expert reviewer
There is an abundance of great-value restaurants on your doorstep - try the curry houses of Brick Lane, Efes for Turkish, or Pho Brunch for Vietnamese street food.
You're within walking distance of Spitalfields Market, Sky Garden and the Tower of London.
By car: over 4 hours from Manchester and 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol.
By train: Liverpool Street station is a 10-minute walk and Aldgate East tube station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
This hotel suits a younger crowd, who want a stylish base from which to explore. A cluster of pavement tables are encircled by plants, which help create the feeling of an al fresco oasis shielded from the road.
Service & Facilities
The ground floor bistro-bar is packed with non-guests, giving it a genuine neighbourhood atmosphere notably absent from many hotel restaurants.
- Free Wi-Fi
There's very little difference between room size, but those with mobility issues should opt for one close to the ground floor as there's no lift. Each room comes with a carefully curated selection of reading material, chosen by the staff at nearby bookshop Libreria on Hanbury Street.
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
As well as curing their own bacon, the Buxton makes all their butters, buns and preserves in house, elevating the offer at breakfast. Pair a gin-based Intro to Aperol from the cocktail list with a portion of Guinness rarebit with pickled onions - sublime.
The Buxton: bistro and bar, small plates, seasonal menus. All-day dining, open daily. Three-course set menu, £30.
Rooms available from £130 per night
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