OK, so it’s officially autumn, and yes, I know it has been for 6 weeks now but what can I say, I am in denial! Despite the fact that I’m craving new knitwear, have finally surrendered the flip-flops in favour of socks and shoes and said goodbye to my beautiful summer wardrobe until we meet again next spring, I still live in hope of an Indian Summer!
But as the nights draw in, I love nothing more than the thought of closing the blinds, lighting a warm fire and curling up on the sofa with a good book and a G&T, the thought of which instantly transports me to one of my favourite hotels in London and the perfect destination for an autumnal weekend break or staycation, here in London town.
It is the rather wonderful Rookery Hotel located in London’s creative Clerkenwell, just a stones throw from the historical Smithfield Market. The Rookery is the sister hotel to Soho’s Hazlitt’s, another favourite to add to your list of weekend breaks but looking for a change from our usual bolt hole and wanting to discover the roads less travelled to our norm, we booked in for long weekend.
Like Hazlett’s the hotel is discreetly tucked away, a series of individual town houses, perfectly pieced together to create this exquisite hidden escape.
From the minute you enter the door you are transported to another world. Away from the bustling streets of central London and you could almost be in a country retreat. Filled with antiques, panelled walls and the flagstone floors in the entrance hall, I instantly feel at home and am filled with memories of my family home.
If your looking for a perfect escape then look no further, this is it! We’d come to Clerkenwell to explore but with so many rooms at your disposal, to sit and read or enjoy a drink from the honesty bar, I’m not sure I’m going to make it back out before check out and I haven’t even seen our suite yet. And I’m loving the cocktail menu, all the ingredients and instructions neatly laid out for you to experiment yourself, this could be dangerous, oh and there’s gin too!
But what about the room? Key in hand, we make our way to a door marked Sir Walter De Manny. Historians at this point may know the local connection but for those that don’t I would suggest you pay a visit to the Charter House just a few minutes walk from the hotel to learn his story and much more about the surrounding area. You may want to do this on your second stay, as once inside the Rookery, believe me, you won’t want to leave!
Our room, a junior suite is like a mini home from home. We walk into our entrance hall, into a little study/sitting room and on into the beautiful bedroom with its carved dark wood 4 poster bed and I feel like I’m on the set of a period drama. It really is the perfect hideaway and I’d quite happily stay for good. But, we are in Clerkenwell and there is so much to see and do and it’s all on our perfectly placed, weekend escapes doorstep.
From the historical Smithfield Market with over 800 years of history, to the beautiful buildings of Charterhouse, a former monastery that dates back to the 14th Century, to a whole host of amazing restaurants and bars, my favourite of which has to be the brilliant Fergus Henderson’s St. John, it’s literally stumbling distance. And remember to book to avoid disappointment and you may want to skip lunch as there’s so much you should try, but I will save that for another week as it’s worth of it’s very own blog.
So, if you are looking for a break from the norm, a city escape or just some time out this autumn, then get booking this great British hotel. It certainly gets British Products recommendation and I’m sure it’ll get yours. So set a date and get booking!