Self-described as a “design-led aparthotel”, Leman Locke is one of a new generation of London hotels that just makes so much sense. From the street, it might not be obvious that this is even a hotel, but the coffee bar Treves & Hyde is sure to catch the eye – it’s just so different from anything else on the London coffee scene, and so aesthetically pleasing with its geometric screens, plush furniture and gourmet spread.
The hotel lobby is set behind the coffee bar, and is filled with more velvet furniture and artfully selected objets. And when you enter your bedroom, you’ll immediately see how Locke has so artfully combined the idea of ‘boutique hotel’ with ‘serviced apartment’, as each room is like a studio flat, complete with kitchenette, bathroom, modular storage, dining table, floor-to-ceiling sound-proofed windows and that iconic pink sofa. The “Locke Dream bed” (with its gorgeous concrete headboard) provided the best night’s sleep I think I’ve ever had in a hotel.
Homely touches (like the Hemsley + Hemsley cookbook, milk in the fridge, and delicious Kinsey Apothecary toiletries) make me feel immediately at home – and had me wishing for my very own studio apartment right in the centre of town (although being so close to som saa and Pizza Union, two of my favourite restaurants, could be dangerous…).
In the area…
- Pizza Union – fast, cheap, delicious pizza
- som saa – Thai restaurant
- Discount Suit Co – speakeasy bar
- The Culpeper – stylish pub & restaurant
- Wilton’s Music Hall – for atmospheric drinks