A look at Leman Locke, one of the trendiest aparthotels to hit London
From the cute cafes of Whitechapel to the markets of Spitalfields to street art adorning almost every single wall, East London exudes cool. It just does.
And if you’re looking for one of the best areas to go out in London, whether that’s for a curry on Brick Lane to the bars along the high street to the clubs of Cargo and XOYO, you really can’t go wrong with Shoreditch and Hoxton.
Well, with Leman Locke, the newest aparthotel to hit the area, now there’s somewhere to stay and feel at home while exploring one of the coolest parts of London.
One of the things that I love about this area of London is there’s just so much to see and do, so basing myself somewhere like Leman Locke for a weekend made perfect sense, and it was great to have a fully equipped apartment to call home… even if it was only for a couple of nights.
Leman Locke is an aparthotel (that’s a cross between an apartment and a hotel) that’s just a short 10-minute walk from London Liverpool Street station and a three-minute walk from Aldgate East underground station.
From the outside, Leman Locke looks just like any other high rise in the area, but as soon as I stepped inside I was instantly hit with how trendy this place was.
On the ground floor there’s Hyde, a cute café selling cracking coffee and artisanal treats (such as little quiches and hand-crafted sandwiches). At night this café transforms into a lovely little bar with some outstanding wines and craft beers from around the world (they’ll even knock you up a cocktail if you ask nicely).
As for the apartment itself, I stayed up on the 22nd floor. Trust me when I say this, but it’s rare to get a view as good as this in London.
As I’ve already mentioned, Leman Locke is like a home away from home, so much so I even found a little bottle of gin and tonic waiting for me on the table.
There’s a fully functioning kitchen with pots and pans, so if you fancy staying in and cooking (there are a few super markets within walking distance) then you can do that. If not, Deliveroo!
The apartment is quite small with the kitchen, living area and bed all packed into essentially one room, but at no point did I feel cramped at all. On the flipside, the bathroom is huge, so no problems at all in that department.
What I loved about the room though was how it immediately felt like it was my apartment, like I had lived there for a couple of years, and even the art deco felt like it was designed specifically for me.
The beauty of being basing yourself somewhere like Leman Locke is you’re in such close proximity to everything going on around you, and while I stayed there I wandered around Spitalfields in the morning, had a curry on Brick Lane in the evening and hit a few of the lesser-know bars in Shoreditch at night.
And even though they didn’t have a restaurant when I stayed there in December, they’re looking at opening their own restaurant named Treves in February which will be a Argentinian inspired bbq. From what I’ve heard about it, it sounds delish.
Leman Locke is beautiful marriage between a trendy boutique hotel and stylish serviced apartments, and from the creative design to the exemplary service of all the staff, it is the best of both of these.
The only problem with staying in a place that feels like home is leaving. Still, at least I know where I’ll be staying the next time I’m in London.
Leman Locke has 168 studios and one-bedroom suites, two meeting rooms, an onsite gym, café/bar downstairs, and a new restaurant opening in February.
Leman Locke costs £108 per night for a studio, and that’s on a Friday night too, so very reasonable for London!
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