Leman Locke is a new style of hotel, one half is the pristine, serviced apartments usually presented by SACO, and the other is the cool, retro hotel scene that Locke Hotels are starting to bring. It’s an awesome mix set at a very good price.

We stayed at the just opened, Leman Locke set in Aldgate East, just around the corner from the station. The hotel has a perfect position for visiting central London as well as having the vibrant Shoreditch right on its doorstep for nights out. We arrived when Leman Locke had been open to the public just a week before our arrival, told by the very friendly but bewildered staff trying to keep the place running smoothly.

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The style is a very appealing mix of retro and modern decor. Pastel colours, mixed with Scandinavian styled furnishings and an array of materials which gave the place a cosy yet fresh feel. With 22 floors, the views from the floor to ceiling windows were pretty gobsmacking. Towering over Tower Bridge we could see most of London from the considerable comfort of our room.

We actually had the pleasure of staying in two rooms across our stay. There were some teething problems with the hotel being so newly opened. Our air conditioning went a little askew, and every time we pressed for the heating to go down, it would go up! But this was no problem for the staff to change our room and get sorted. Allowing us an even higher floor to stay on, gaining an even better view!

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Both rooms were furnished to perfection with a kitchen, living space, bathroom and bedroom, just like your own dream London apartment. The kitchen had a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and oven – ready for a personal stay with home-cooked food if that’s your choice. Although there will be a restaurant downstairs as an alternative!

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The living space and bedroom area were both so cosy and inviting, the style of an apartment really made you feel at home quickly which I loved as a hotel concept. The room was well stocked with milk, teas, coffees and a breakfast bar too. The Locke Hotel designers have really taken the time to think about how you might enjoy an experience in this hotel, and it’s shown within the details.

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Everything was done to such a high-spec with a chic and retro twist, Leman Locke is definitely worth a stay when visiting the capital, not least to get a feel like you’ve traded up from your home at home. Stay in, go out… this hotel is perfectly designed for either!

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