Ho­tel Spy: East Lon­don Ho­tel, Lon­don

A new open­ing of­fers a value-for-money crash­pad for ex­plor­ing lo­cal nightlife

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Where am I stay­ing? At a spank­ing-new 161-room ho­tel right in the heart of Lon­don’s Beth­nal Green, an easy walk from Columbia Road Flower Mar­ket, Victoria Park and the many bars of Brick Lane. It’s a few steps from the near­est Tube sta­tion, which will have you in the City in five min­utes and at Ox­ford Cir­cus in less than 15. What’s dif­fer­ent here? There’s noth­ing as con­ven­tional as a re­cep­tion desk; friendly staff in smart tweed waist­coats greet guests in the stylish ground­floor restau­rant, Due East. You can check in us­ing your mo­bile, and there’s a What­sApp concierge avail­able 24/7. The dé­cor is equally mod­ern, with street-art-in­spired pic­tures and pho­to­graphs of lo­cal land­marks hung against an in­dus­trial pal­ette. Mid-cen­tury-style fur­ni­ture com­pletes the look. What are the bed­rooms like? Stan­dard rooms are tiny but high-spec, with be­spoke Mill­brook mat­tresses, Ne­spresso ma­chines and bath­room bits from Rit­u­als. Al­though it’s close to a busy road and train track, sound­proof­ing is im­pres­sively ef­fec­tive. Large win­dows look out ei­ther onto the thor­ough­fare of Cam­bridge Heath Road or, more sceni­cally, the leafy gar­dens of the V&A Mu­seum of Child­hood. If you need to sleep off a big night, you can shut out the world us­ing the ul­tra­ef­fi­cient black­out blinds. Is the food any good? Lim­ited ef­forts have been made to cel­e­brate lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing bread from the ex­cel­lent E5 Bake­house and beers from Red Church Brew­ery, but the bar-restau­rant is a place to re­fuel rather than linger. Break­fast of­fer­ings in­clude bagels topped with (what else?) smashed av­o­cado, or smooth­ies and overnight oats. The evening menu tends to­wards dishes and drinks to be shared among friends. They do a good mar­garita but we found the house cock­tail list unimag­i­na­tive – two out of the four fea­tured rose­wa­ter – while the food also fell a lit­tle short, with some dishes in­ex­pli­ca­bly un­avail­able on our visit, de­spite near-empty ta­bles. Rooms from £85; theeast­lon­don­ho­tel.com

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