New Road Ho­tel, London

Business Traveller - - TRIED AND TESTED LONDON HOTEL - Becky Am­bury

WHAT’S IT LIKE? This Whitechapel ho­tel opened in May 2018. The for­mer fac­tory’s brick façade is covered with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, of­fer­ing views in­side and flood­ing the in­dus­trial-chic open-plan in­te­rior with light.

ROOMS There are 80 rooms (12 sqm to 35 sqm) over three floors. My Ware­house T twin room (20 sqm) was kit­ted out in the ho­tel’s uni­form of par­quet floors, un­con­cealed fix­tures and fit­tings and metal pen­dant lights.

In­stead of a wardrobe there was hang­ing space be­side a van­ity-cum-work desk and on hooks by the door. Vend­ing ma­chines pro­vide free tea and cof­fee on each floor.

All rooms have a 49-inch flatscreen smart TV and com­fort­able Hyp­nos bed. The large en suite wet room/toi­let had a pow­er­ful shower with a seat and top-notch toi­letries.

FOOD AND DRINK There is a bar area near the front of the ground floor, while the restau­rant, Mr White’s English Chop­house, is to­wards the rear. Ser­vice was ex­em­plary, and the meaty menu en­joy­able, though some dishes were slightly lack­lus­tre. A full break­fast menu is served or you can opt for ce­real in all its guises in the Ce­real Grind café.

MEET­INGS Along­side the com­mu­nal spa­ces are two meet­ing rooms seat­ing up to eight each. The spa­ces can be joined to house up to 25 in a theatre set-up.

LEISURE There is a pool ta­ble on the first floor and space for pri­vate fit­ness classes on the top floor. The ho­tel is also cre­at­ing a range of ex­pe­ri­ences, such as graf­fiti tours.

VER­DICT This is a re­fresh­ing ad­di­tion to the London ho­tel scene in a great lo­ca­tion for busi­ness and cul­ture. It’s young, fun and well de­signed, with com­mu­nal spa­ces that make work­ing a plea­sure.

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