One of my pastimes, indirectly and by happenstance, is to save accommodations I come across (whether while reading the newspaper, scrolling on IG, reading blog posts by favorite bloggers etc.) that catch my eye for staying in London and throughout the countryside in England. I never know when I will be traveling necessarily, but I keep the information saved in a particular file for Future Trips to Britain. One such hotel I saved was The Rookery. And it had been saved for nearly three years.
While located in London, it is situated in a lesser known area to tourists, Clerkenwell, which many moons ago would not be where you would have found a place to stay, and definitely not a place of such luxury. But now, and for the past twenty years, The Rookery IS a place to book your spacious room complete with rainfall showers and clawfoot tubs, along with beautiful wood four-poster beds to enjoy a stay in the city without having to pay a luxurious price.
Situated just a short distance from St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England and the Old Bailey, The Rookery Hotel is the only remaining early houses in Peter’s Lane, and the entire hotel has been entirely refurbished and turned into a boutique hotel with charm and traditional English décor.
What I appreciate about the location is that it is one block away from the Farringdon Tube station, and this station is above ground, which then takes you to the heart of the city in a matter for a couple of stops. So simple. (As well, there is an ATM just around the corner, which made for a quick stop before we began our day.)
Little or no traffic bustles about, and the only thing to note is a bit of foot traffic at night on the weekends, but largely, very quiet. I barely heard anything, but my mother shared she heard a bit more.
The period décor in every sitting room, as well in each suite is tended to, and each guest room is named after an actual person who resided in this part of London during the 19th century (most of them) and early 20th, some with quite interesting backstories.
What drew me to The Rookery was the ability to have a full size bathroom (potentially a clawfoot tub), a large sleeping area and beautiful beds with beckoning linens that made it hard to get out of bed in the morning. I slept oh so well in the bed you will see below.
We stayed at The Rookery for two nights, and took a cab from and to St. Pancras station which was a short 10-minute drive upon arrival and departure.
Our first morning, we ordered our preferences of tea and breakfast items before coming downstairs, and gave a time we would like to enjoy it (you can also have it delivered to your room for no extra charge). We sat in the room where the resident cat Bagheera took his naps, and well, we were delighted that he joined us.
Tea service was with Burleigh tea sets, and beginning the day with the quiet, cozy atmosphere, slowly starting the day was an ideal pace.
I’d love to show you a detailed tour of the hotel, as well as a look into my room (I forgot to take pictures of my mother’s room which was just as lovely). Let’s take a look . . .
The many Sitting Areas for enjoying a meal or tea (even a meeting if you have to hold one)
Our chosen room for breakfast Easter morning
My Room (you can tour more of this room in the video at the end of the post)
Details in My Bathroom
Regrettably, I did not capture a picture of the sink in the bathroom, but it too was a period white porcelain sink with a small shelf around the wall of the room that gave ample room for toiletries.
Take the full video tour
~Explore The Rookery’s website here.
Explore all of the posts shared so far during TSLL’s 4th Annual British Week here