The Rookery, Clerkenwell
In the heart of Clerkenwell sits a unique and beautiful 1725 townhouse. Upon entering The Rookery, you’ll be greeted with not only a smile but deep mahogany wood-panelled walls an antique reception desk and a very splendid house cat, Lady Grey.
The spirited boutique hotel is a converted Georgian townhouse, brimming with local history and is the kind of place where you want to allow quality time to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere.
We stayed in the Sir Walter De Manny Junior Suite. The cozy ambience, the dim lighting and warm heavy palettes instantly soften your mood. The only thing missing is the smell of a dumpling stew and you are at your grannies, but the difference with this place is it being a lot swankier! We saw the four poster bed and immediately knew a nap was in order, it was 2 pm on a Sunday and the journey wasn’t even that exhausting, it’s just the bed was that inviting.
Boisterous, woody walls, heavy raw silk hangings, vintage furniture, cleverly scattered timeworn books, and ivory marble bathrooms with deep claw-foot tubs, it was a stay we weren’t ever going to forget.
The serene, elegant drawing room has a well-stocked honour bar, and the conservatory, with its small patio garden, is another calming place to unravel your mind. There's no restaurant, but room service is good quality and very reasonably priced.
Breakfast is thankfully served to your room and you don’t have to pay extra! We went for the smoked salmon bagel, a large basket of freshly baked breads and pastries, juices and yoghurts. The tea was hot and the food was fresh, what’s not to love.
We had a wonderful night’s stay and dare we say it was the most comfortable bed we’ve ever experienced...but yes it was.