If you like to view your hotel as a home away from home in a more literal sense, the tiny three-room Cable Street Inn is the perfect choice. Full of literary London charm, the hotel may well be smaller than the house you live in, but try matching it historic beauty. Built in 1790 and once a working East End pub, the townhouse has been lovingly resorted to its current guise as a beautiful boutique guesthouse. Couples will appreciate the romance of the place, as long as there’s a willingness to explore the authenticity of its out of the way Shadwell location.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While hardly rough, the neighbourhood is fairly isolated in a largely residential neighbourhood. While there are some nearby bars and restaurant, exploring the local streets might not be for everyone.
Choose from three spacious rooms, each individually decorated with vintage fixtures, antique furniture and contemporary artwork. While not exactly luxury, there is an unbeatable charm at work here and those with a nose for interior design won’t be disappointed.
Ramp up the romance and book Room One for its garden views and sweet Juliette balcony.
All rooms come with walk-in showers, while rooms One and Three have the addition of a bath. Neatly decorated, bathrooms mix contemporary features and original fixtures.
Outside of the rooms, most action occurs in the sitting room, in lieu of a dedicated lobby. Here, guests can relax with a book on the history of the area, relining in a vintage armchair, overlooked by antique and oil paintings.
Breakfast is included in the price of rooms and comes served in the beautiful sitting room. If the weather is nice take breakfast on the rooftop terrace overlooking the verdant grounds of the adjacent St. George’s-in-the-East Church and a memorable tile mural that depicts the famous Battle of Cable Street. In fact, don’t rely on the weather, head for the terrace at every opportunity.
While slightly isolated in the East End of London, Shadwell has good connections to Shoreditch via the East London Line, and connects via the DLR train to the Tube lines that serve central areas. It sounds more of a faff (a bit English?) than it is, but the journey to the West End is still at least 20 minutes. The surrounding area is rife for exploring with some excellent historic pubs nearby along with the pretty river walk from Wapping up to Tower Bridge. Taxis will be readily available from Commercial Road.
Nowhere in London does lamb chops like Tayyabs (12-minute walk), so you would be remiss not to head towards Whitechapel to sample a dish or five. Alternatively, eat simple home cooking at the old school Italian, Il Bordello 15-minute walk). For solid pub fish and chips with a lovely view of the river, The Captain Kidd (13-minute walk) is a solid place to stop-off when meandering along the Thames path.
Indulge in historic London with drinks at the nearby Prospect of Whitby (13-minute walk), one of London’s oldest, and a former pirate hangout. Going back just as far, Wilton’s Music Hall (8-minute walk) is one of the oldest of its kind anywhere in the world. The beautifully restored building—originally built in 1690—holds the beautiful Mahogany Bar, which serves small plates and great cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Beautifully restored, the Cable Street Inn sets the benchmark for historic bed and breakfasts. A unique place to stay in the heart of a local London neighbourhood a stone’s throw from the river, it’s a romantic choice worth booking early to avoid disappointment.