The Buxton, Whitechapel, London
Occupying a redbrick building at the bottom of the Brick Lane curry mile, the Buxton has 15 peaceful rooms spread across several floors above an appealingly pub-like bistro. Sit around the open kitchen to watch chefs work their magic, before heading upstairs to gaze upon the architectural stars of the City.
Rooms available from £121.50 per night
Your expert reviewer
Occupying a heritage building at the bottom of Brick Lane, The Buxton sits squarely in the middle of fast-gentrifying East London. It's a five-minute walk to the nearest tube, Aldgate East, or ten minutes to Liverpool Street station and the bars, restaurants and shops in and around Spitalfields Market.
By car: over 4 hours from Manchester and 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol. Paid parking nearby.
By train: Aldgate East tube station is a 5-minute walk and Liverpool Street station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Book trains to London.
THE LOOK AND FEEL
There's nothing so formal as a hotel lobby here - guests are greeted in the ground-floor bistro, which combines some of the Victorian building's original features with signature East London design choices, such as exposed brickwork, trailing plants and pendant lighting. Diners can either sit overlooking the kitchen, or facing floor-to-ceiling windows onto Brick Lane.
This is more of a restaurant-with-rooms than a 'proper' hotel, and there are no real facilities except the tiny rooftop herb garden. That said, super-friendly staff are happy to help with anything you might need, including local recommendations and top picks from the menu. During our visit, the duty manager proved a charming host.
- Free Wi-Fi
BED AND BATH
Small but perfectly formed, each bedroom comes with a Hypnos bed, spread with Egyptian cotton linens and throws by local textile designer Beatrice Larkin. Bespoke artworks sit against bright white walls, and the bijou ensuite comes complete with Bramley toiletries. Thankfully, the sash windows are double-glazed to block out street noise.
Room types: Double Room
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
The jewel in the Buxton's crown is its ground-floor bistro, which serves a mean cocktail as well as a short menu of British European plates. Guests can sit around a wraparound bar to watch the leather-aproned chefs cook up dishes like roasted beetroot, gorgonzola and pickled apple salad, or Tamworth pork chop with spring greens.
The Buxton: bistro and bar, small plates, seasonal menus. All-day dining, open daily. Three-course set menu, £30.
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