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Close to the City of London and a short tube ride from the West End, this eclectic hotel is 0.1 miles from Farringdon Station - a mainline railway station served by First Capital Connect trains from Brighton to Bedford, calling at Gatwick Airport. Stations on either side are City Thameslink and St Pancras International, where you can catch the Eurostar. Farringdon also serves the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Underground Lines. Stations on either side are King's Cross St Pancras and Barbican. Barbican station is 0.3 miles away. Chancery Lane Underground station is 0.5 miles away, on the Central Line. Stations nearby are in Travelcard Zone 1. The area is inside the London Congestion Charge Zone.
Rookery Hotel London
In fashionable Clerkenwell, the Rookery is just outside the Square Mile, London’s financial district, and about half a mile from Hatton Garden, The Barbican exhibition and concert centre and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Attractions close by include The Museum of London (0.4 miles), The Old Bailey (0.4 miles), St Bride’s Church (0.6 miles), Dr Johnson’s House (0.6 miles), The Clockmakers Museum (0.6 miles) and St Paul’s Cathedral (0.6 miles). The area is lively, with an arty atmosphere and a mix of historic and contemporary buildings. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
Several early houses in St Peter’s Lane were combined and extended to create The Rookery, a small hotel with period character. Wood panelling, flagstone floors, open fires and antique furniture give it a charm designed to appeal to stage, film and media people as well as those who like old-world elegance. The bedrooms have panelled walls, old furniture, pictures and rugs. Two suites at the rookery are themed after famous people Dr Theophilus Garencières and Sir Walter De Manny.
Frenchman Dr Garencières settled in Clerkenwell and was appointed physician to the French Ambassador. The ground-floor suite named after him has a large four poster bed, lounge area and a mahogany Carlton desk. The bathroom has a double-ended cast iron bath with a copper top and a large shower head. The suite is air conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, Blu-ray player, mini bar, safe and REN toiletries.
Sir Walter De Manny was a soldier of fortune and founder of London Charterhouse, a Carthusian monastery. The luxurious suite named after him has a carved four poster bed. In a recess off the bedroom is panelled sitting room with sofa and desk. The bathroom is below stairs and has a roll-top bath with overhead shower. The room is air-conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, Blu-ray player, mini bar, safe and REN toiletries.
The Rook’s Nest is a two-storey penthouse suite with views over St Paul’s and the Old Bailey from its 40ft spire. The bedroom has an ornate bed. A Victorian bathing machine sits on a raised plinth behind lace curtains. A dog-leg staircase leads to a sitting room under the spire. The room is air-conditioned with complimentary Wi-Fi internet, flat screen LCD television and DVD player, stereo system, dining table, antique lawyer’s desk, mini-bar and safe.
The Rookery aims to offer old fashioned hospitality and efficient service. Staff are happy to help book tickets to shows, tables at restaurants or transport. The conservatory has a fireplace, books and an honesty bar. The hotel offers 24-hour room service, same-day dry cleaning and laundry service.
There are two meeting and events rooms, combining antique furnishings with state-of-the-art facilities. The Drawing Room has a sumptuous sitting area and a stone fireplace. The Boardroom has a mahogany table that can sit 14 and concealed modern technology. The oak panelled Library seats up to 10 around a mahogany boardroom table. Facilities include an overhead projector, screen, television, video/DVD player, laptop, CD-rom, SVGA monitor and screen plus complimentary Wi-Fi internet.