During my last stay in London two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to get to experience a real gem. I spent two nights at Leman Locke which is located in East London (well, depends on what “east” is nowadays as City and East have kind of intertwined and what you see on the Eastenders is a world that doesn’t exist anymore). East London is buzzing with culture, a lot of start ups and cool stores. Some people might still be like “I can only stay in Kensington and would never go to East London”. To that I say “get a life and be open for new things”. I’ve stayed in Aldgate before, but Locke is located closer to Shoreditch and literally 1 minute away from Aldgate East underground station and hence very convenient. So what is Locke? It is according to their own description “a design-led aparthotel for those who want to challenge the status quo, and experience the unique and authentic. Designed for travellers for whom a bed and shower in a shoebox isn’t enough, Locke immerses you in its neighbourhood’s culture through spaces that connect you to a community of like-minded locals and travellers.” I agree to all of the above and here’s why.
I got a room (or actually two) on the 22nd floor with astounding views. From my windows I could see the London Bridge as well as the tallest building in the UK, the Shard. I’m actually afraid of heights, but that only applies in places where I can see right through the floor such as in the Eiffel Tower (did it ONCE and can say I’ve done it, but never going back to that place). The apartment consisted of two contemporary design rooms out of which the first one was this bedroom with all the amenities you’d need such as USB chargers and a big LCD-TV and pillows so huge I didn’t feel all alone in the bed. As I lack a partner, hugging a pillow was the closest to sharing a bed with someone I could get, haha.
By UK standards the bathroom was top notch and had all the essentials you’d need for a beauty routine. But as always I bought some of my own stuff to be on the safe side. Need I mention floor heating which is essential to me as I’m always freezing, especially in the mornings.
The second room was a livingroom with an open kitchen section which is perfect if you’re planning a longer stay. I could seriously see myself living here for a month or so as it had a an owen, microwave, dishwasher and even a washing machine, all discreetly hidden behind these white doors. And all kitchen appliances from plates to saucepans to a water boiler were included in the fully equipped kitchen, so seriously, I want to move to this very apartment! And oh, one thing that’s important for us Europeans (sorry all British people), they had European sockets so you could charge your computer and other stuff in the kitchen area too.
As a blogger I found the comfy couch the perfect place to catch up on my daily load of work (and yes, it IS massive) while looking at British television (my guilty pleasure is Gogglebox and yes, I am ashamed of that) on the even larger LCD-TV in this room. I truly felt like a local living here as I could heat up my own food and drink tea and stuff and having a glimpse out the window every now and then pinching myself and thinking it’s not a dream, quite the contrary, I’ll be living here soon.
Like I said, vertigo really wasn’t a big deal for me here although the windows were from the floor to the roof and I was basically leaning on them to soak in the atmosphere. I LOVE living as high up in a building as possible and am so lucky I got the chance to stay at the 22nd (and highest) floor. I had a truly unique experience feeling like a local and experiencing London from above. I will be back for fashion week in January so until then, have a wonderful Christmas dear Londoners!