New Spitalfields boutique inspired by history set for launch

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A new East London boutique hotel will open its doors for the first time this week, inspired by the romantic history of the Georgian era.

Batty Langley’s in Spitalfields is due to launch this weekend, and is the brainchild of business partners Douglas Blain and Peter McKay, who have based the new boutique’s design on styles popular in Georgian times.

With mellow old furniture, period pictures, panelled walls and rugs, each of the hotel’s bedrooms have been created to ooze an atmosphere of that in a long established aristocratic household, but with individual touches.

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The name, Batty Langley’s, has been inspired by a garden and an architectural designer who made globally published pattern books for early 18th century architects and joiners.

When the hotel opens this week, it will be the third hotel venture for Blain and McKay, joining sister properties Hazlitt’s in Soho and The Rookery in Clerkenwell which have both enjoyed continued success.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Blain said: “Atmosphere — that’s the most important thing. The staircase is based on the one in Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City. Like all new hotel stairs, it had to be made of steel to comply with fire regulations, just as every panelled wall — and every single wall at Batty Langley’s is panelled — must have a fireproof core. However, a carpenter then encased the steel posts and treads in wood. And then we built in squeaks. How? It’s a secret.”

Blain and McKay have been creating exclusive hotels since 1983, when they transformed a defunct Soho hostel.

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