Matt Vines

The Culpeper

London, England

by: Matt Vines

  • Why

    Work. We had stayed 4 nights at another hotel and fancied trying somewhere new.

  • When

    May 2016

  • Who

    My partner + I stayed the night...and 8 friends and a baby joined for a Sunday pub lunch downstairs.

Highs + Lows

  • The pub's general vibe is really nice. It is warm, cozy, feels in-keeping with its neighborhood and very ‘London’.

  • The pub’s rooftop offers great views over East London and the greenhouse is a really nice touch. I saw on the pub’s website that they also occasionally do gardening courses up there.

  • We really enjoyed the food. It is generous with a lot of attention to detail. For example, at breakfast the coffee was by Allpress coffee and sausages from Ginger Pig, who are one of the best butchers in London.

  • We had to sleep with the window closed due to some lively things going on down in the street below, but that is often the case with city hotels.

: 42/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Pub B&B

  • Vibe

    Cool country pub in the city.

  • Location

    Great location in East London. Near all of the action and several tube stops. Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Shoreditch High Street are a stones throw.

  • Rooms

    Five bedrooms, all en suite.

  • Music

    Good background pub music.

  • Year Opened

    The bedrooms opened for bookings in April 2016.

  • Designed By

    The bedrooms are furnished with the work of several local crafts people and artists. The curated book selection by local writer; ‘The Gentle Author’ is a nice touch.

  • Pool/Gym

    No. It’s not that kind of place.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, two. The ground floor pub restaurant and the first floor kitchen dining room, which is a little more formal than downstairs and has a daily changing menu. We ate in both and really enjoyed our meals, which were simple, contemporary British pub food made with quality produce from good suppliers. There is also a rooftop dining space and a working greenhouse where the chefs grow a lot of the salad, herbs and vegetables that they use in the kitchen.

  • Bar

    Yes. It’s a pub so it would be a big missed opportunity if there wasn’t.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar, but that’s probably because the room is above an actual very good bar. So you should be fine.

  • Wifi

    Yes and it’s free to use.

  • Children

    We had friends with a new baby join us for lunch. All good.

  • Price

    Very good value. From $120 a night including breakfast.

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Go to Perfumer H

106A Crawford St, Marylebone, London W1H 2HZ, UK

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The insanely popular Boa in Soho has opened a new restaurant in Fitzrovia. They still serve the classics from their first place (like their incredible pork buns) but they also have a lot of new dishes that you can only get at the new joint, including a black cod steamed bun that was so good I ordered it three times. When I turned up at 8pm on Thursday there was an hour wait for a table of two, but I was dining solo so they sat me straight away. Dining alone is underrated.

Go for dinner at the new outpost of Bao

31 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2JN, UK

The insanely popular Boa in Soho has opened a new restaurant in Fitzrovia. They still serve the classics from their first place (like their incredible pork buns) but they also have a lot of new dishes that you can only get at the new joint, including a black cod steamed bun that was so good I ordered it three times. When I turned up at 8pm on Thursday there was an hour wait for a table of two, but I was dining solo so they sat me straight away. Dining alone is underrated.

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