A stay in The Rookery in London is a unique experience. ‘Unique’ is one of those words that gets bandied about a lot, but it seems rather fitting for this London hotel.
Quite frankly any hotel with a cat in the lobby area gets my vote. It’s not just any cat, she’s Lady Grey; a rather relaxed feline who spends her days snuggled up on a seat in the hotel, watching the Londoners walk past.
I’d love to say that was my first hint of just how unique my stay at The Rookery would be, but that would be a lie. My first inkling was outside.
The hotel is on a fairly average London street – average in the sense that you wouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. There’s a Nandos and a few other well-known named restaurants dotted between some more independent cafes, and the hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from a tube station. Farringdon station to be precise, so central London.
Yet The Rookery is anything but average.
It’s not very often that a London hotel has a rustic wooden door for its entrance door, but this one does. From the moment you push open that door it’s like stepping inside a history book. Antique furniture and rich fabrics dress the hallways that weave and wind to the various rooms. I lost count of the number of times I forgot the way – not due to the size of the hotel, but because of the twists and turns.
The hotel is made up of what used to be numbers 6,7 and 8 Cowcross Street and are thought to have been built in 1764. You can easily imagine what it must have been like, partly because of the décor and layout, and partly because of the atmosphere. There’s a magical feel to the place, almost Harry Potter-eske, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Portraits hang on the wall and you almost expect the eyes to follow you as you walk past.
Thankfully there isn’t a garish, floral carpet in sight. I’m not usually a fan of old-fashioned hotels, but The Rookery seems to have pulled off the historian vibe.
John Leeland Room
I stayed in the John Leeland room, which is a fairly generous double, well triple, if you include Nova’s cot bed. Despite windows on both sides of the room, the heavy red curtains and intricate, deep wooden bed and wardrobe mean that the room is very dark. It seems to work with the style of the hotel.
The star of this particular room is the bath tub. It’s one of those jaw-dropper ones that’s crying out to be used. REN products perch on the side, waiting to be used, as do the big robes.
The Rookery isn’t stuck in the past, so the rooms do have modern perks like Wi-Fi and TVs. On a Saturday night you can hear a tiny bit of street noise, so you’ll want to bring those ear plugs if you’re a sensitive sleeper.
Alternatively, just head downstairs where you’ll find an honesty bar and a few different spots to spend the evening. I chose the Drawing Room, which is just as posh as it sounds. It was Nova’s first trip to London, so I think he’s a very lucky little baby!
It’s not just those features that make The Rookery stand out. The price tag is unbelievable for London prices. My room cost £175 for a Saturday night stay. I’ve paid that for one of those budget chain hotels in the city before!
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Big thanks to TravelSupermarket for hosting my stay.