There is a good and varied selection of hotels near No.1, from the top end splendour of The Great Eastern at Liverpool Street and the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, to places a little further down the scale like Holiday Inn Express and its cronies. A selection is as follows:
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch hangs its hat in London's most creative, engaged district. A hub for galleries, theater and design, Shoreditch is home to the Brick Lane Market, landmark creatives and renegade artists from around the world.
Opened in 2009, The Boundary is a unique and very trendy warehouse conversion featuring a 17-bed hotel, bar, restaurant and rooftop terrace. There's a very green theme throughout, plus an impressive range of contemporary artwork.
A new venture from the Pret A Manger empire, the hotel is said to be "where urban living meets country lodge lounging." They boast "roaring fires and cool cocktails, Frette linen and flat screen TV's." There's a great bar and restaurant too and, rather fabulously, "amazing cheap rates."
Loitering at the luxurious end of the scale the Andaz Liverpool Street boasts: widescreen TV, ergonomic workstations with dataports, queen and king-sized beds, swanky furnishings, a DVD library and host of other quality amenities. Their website's suitably flashy but not that easy to navigate, while it's currently unclear whether or not your clothes have to match the decor (see photo).
Russell's of Clapton is a new upmarket B&B in East London run by ex-music industry pro Annette Russell. It is a modern-update of a traditional B&B, following examples in cities such as New York, Berlin and Barcelona. Based in Clapton, this chic and charming house is a perfect place to stay for those wishing to avoid London's tourist traps.
Somerset Bishopgate provides a home away from home providing the perfect location for both corporate and tourist alike. Perfect if travelling alone, their extensive cooking facilities (provided in every apartment) allow you to cook for yourself. A very secure environment with contemporary decor and in a great location, Somerset Bishopgate has the style of a hotel and the freedom of an apartment. 24-hour portage and reception is also available along with a local health club for guests.
Features the usual range of amenities including: complimentary breakfast, courier service, multi-lingual staff, a restaurant, high-speed internet and a choice of some 224 rooms. Approximately 2 minutes walk from the studio.