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[:en]Leman Locke – London[:]

[:en]Leman Locke – London[:]


[:en]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.
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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.

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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.

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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!

Check out Leman Locke on their homepage here!

Photos: Jim Nilsson[:]


  1. Samantha Mariko
    November 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    that’s such an awesome opportunity! the view looks sooo amazing from the 22nd floor 🙂

  2. Danielle
    November 23, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I would totally move into this place! What a unique experience; I adore the open design (especially in the bedroom) and with those views, would totally feel right at home! If I were you I’d be extending my stay, haha.

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  3. Martin ebner
    November 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Looks stunning!!! Great post buddy

  4. Bethany
    November 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Loving these shots! Looks like such a beautiful place!

    XO // Bethany

  5. Jo
    November 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I love the contemporary look of this hotel. What a great experience to have. While I so envy all your wonderful travel experiences, I really appreciate you taking us along and seeing beautiful parts of this world. By the way, I am so afraid of the heights as well :).


  6. Iliana
    November 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Whao!!! I don’t know which room I like the most the first or second both exquisite! The view must of been more breathtaking in person ? Contemporary decor is my favorite ?

  7. Samantha
    November 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Wow I love the decor! It sounded like an amazing time

  8. frank lin
    November 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Wow! This room looks insane – it actually looks a suite 😀
    And the view is just amazing..

    xx frank

  9. Fe Samaia
    November 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Oh wow what an amazing opportunity! it looks like an amazing spot thank you so much for taking us along with you 🙂


  10. Anthony @oh_anthonio
    November 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Insanely luxe accommodations! You definitely got the treatment. I was just in London last year around this time. Thanks for this review. I might have to check this place out on my next visit. (hopefully soon) =)

  11. Andreea Birsan
    November 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    That is such a great opportunity! Love how the room looks like, and omg that view is spectacular! Have a lovely week! <3


  12. michenn
    November 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    UM that Kate Is My Ex tee is PERFECT. Can I have it?! Haha, love it. AND that hotel is fab! I would love to stay in one like that, the view is to freaking die for. I’ve never been to London, but if I could wake up to a view like that every day, I’d be so happy.


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  13. Megan
    November 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    That room is incredible! Great review, safe travels!

  14. Christine Kong
    November 23, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, what a fab apartment! It is so large and spacious and I love the interior decor. So modern and blogger friendly. =) Location is everything when it comes to staying somewhere and it sounds like this was close to where you need to be! Love the bathroom and the bedroom size. I would want to move in myself! xoxo, Christine

  15. Camille Nichelini
    November 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    This looks like a fantastic place to stay! I just visited London for the first time in May, but want to go back soon! Will definetly check this place out, thanks for sharing!

  16. Lily
    November 23, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Omg – that’s unreal. I need to stay here – I love the concept of bringing more to a hotel than just a bed and bathroom like you mentioned. This way is MUCH homier. LOVE the pics.

  17. Ed from My Dapper Self
    November 23, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    This place looks fantastic, Thomas. A fresh concept that I would love try sometime – can you believe I have never ever been to London? Yeah, I know I am lame, but now you’ve given me some motivation to get my ass across the pond!

  18. Kathryn
    November 24, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Ahh love the design of this hotel room! such a modern & contemporary oasis. It sounds like such a lovely stay 🙂
    Xx, Kathryn

  19. gracie
    November 24, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Love the contemporary studio vibe. I am hoping to head to London this summer so I will definitely look into this. And the views are amazing 🙂
    xx, gracie

  20. Jen
    November 24, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Just curious why you were visiting London? For fun? I loved the apartment! So spacious, clean and TALL. I love high rises and the 22nd floor sounds amazing! And the view of the London Bridge? Wow!!

  21. Jo
    November 24, 2016 at 4:35 am

    What a cool looking space! I wish I could have known about Leman Locke when I was living there. Not that I could have afforded to live in a hotel/apartment haha!

    xo, Jo

  22. Jenelle
    November 24, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Yikes! Vertigo sounds awful. I get dizzy sometimes, but never due to heights. I love being up high!! Haha. Oh this couch!! The perfect pink! I love this room, the pastels are so pretty, but they have managed not to make it too feminine either. Thanks for the tip, I always ended up on the couch of a mates place when I have stayed in London, but I will eventually overstay my welcome and need to look for hotels!
    xx Jenelle

  23. Maggie
    November 24, 2016 at 5:29 am

    It’s super posh here! I love the pastel color palette and the fact that you get such a great city view is amazing!

    Maggie S.

  24. Taylor
    November 24, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Looks and sounds like such a great place to stay!
    Love the photos!

  25. Darci
    November 24, 2016 at 7:15 am

    WOW!! How amazing is this place! I recently went to London this summer and I wish I stayed here. That bedroom, THAT LIVING ROOM, that bathroom, oh my goodness! Love that shirt on the bed too haha oh and heated floors? So great! xo, Darci

  26. Sharon Wu
    November 24, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Omgggg the view from this hotel is just STUNNING!!! Wow!!! So lucky Thomas! I wish I was there with you… haha. Reminds me of the good ol’ days when my boyfriend lived in a high rise building in downtown San Diego! The view was just phenomenal. Glad to see you enjoyed your stay love! xo, sharon

  27. Jenn Hanft
    November 24, 2016 at 8:21 am

    OMG what an amazing opportunity! Staying here must have been so grand! The pictures are incredible and I’m quite jealous of that amazing view. Whenever I go back to London, hopefully I’d be able to stay at a place like this!

    XO Jenn

  28. Laurelle
    November 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    What a fun opportunity! That hotel is lovely inside, sounds like a great place to stay! And what a view!

  29. Leila D.
    November 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    It’s a dream of mine to visit London. I love the interior, looks very beautiful and If in London I would surely check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Atsuna Matsui
    November 24, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    It definitely looks like you had a delightful stay in London! The hotel looks so modern and I would definitely love staying at a place like that. Plus, that cityscape view from your window looks absolutely amazing!


  31. diana
    November 24, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    what a great post. I would love to stay there

  32. JT
    November 25, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Oh my god! This hotel is freaking awesome, man! Seriously, I dig it 100 fold. The decor is so fresh and Summery – it almost should belong in Australia!

  33. Morgan Klein
    November 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This place looks amazing!! The view is gorgeous too! Thanks for checking. I will definitely have to check it out when I go to London!

  34. Bernice
    November 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Love this accomodation! The pink coach in the lounge room is simply lovely 🙂

  35. Josie
    November 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Ok!! can I live there?! The pictures are so perfect and that bathroom is a dream! It must have been so fun to stay there and experience what this place has to offer!

    Bisous, Josie

  36. Darlene
    November 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Totally loving the night shots! Did you use a flash or soething else? Inlove with the shot looking over the window!I wish I’m this good in taking interior shot.


  37. Brittany
    November 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    OMG what a dream spot!!! Looks awesome!


  38. Open Kloset By Karina
    November 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Thomas, Amazing Place:) in Love:)
    Hows you?

  39. Stephanie
    November 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Oh wow! I have to say I was anticipating this post from the very moment you put up your Instagram story from your stay! It looked so luxurious and modern. The kitchen with its cabinets that hide everything away is so unique and chic. It seems comfortable too, with the heated floors (YES) and that giant bed. Honestly, the view seems to die for as well (but I’m not afraid of heights, so I’d probably love it all the more). I’m so glad that it felt like home!

    Stephanie //

  40. Gina Diaz
    November 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    This place looks amazingly beautiful Thomas! I love these pictures. Hopefully one day, I get to visit this wonderful city. Xx. Gina

  41. Yasmin
    November 26, 2016 at 3:28 am

    OMG this hotel room is gorgeous! I love the living space and the pink couch. Plus the bathroom is so glamorous! This would be the perfect place to stay in London. Hope you enjoyed your stay!

    xx Yasmin

  42. Eric k
    November 26, 2016 at 5:22 am

    This Post by far my fav buddy. here is Why: now i know where to stay when i go to London. I also like stating at Higher floors. My rule Higher the better. i absolutely in love with this place. Thank comfy couch is so great.
    Well, the only problem is that next time i also go to London, we don’t fight for this place.
    Perfection as always

  43. Linh Dao
    November 26, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Thomas! can you take me with you next time! This place looks freaked amazing! When I visit London, I will have to hit you up so you can show me around and give me great recommendations! The bed is sooo comfy! That bathroom is stunning and talk about that view outside the window! I am in love. Thank you for sharing.


  44. Darya
    November 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Thomas, could I ask you a piece of advice? What camera do you use for such awesome photos?

  45. Sarah
    November 26, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Looks like an amazing stay! Wow, so gorgeous! Hope you enjoyed!

  46. Lolita Mas
    November 27, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Such a cool outfit! ❤️

  47. Kirsten Thyra
    November 27, 2016 at 11:57 am

    That place look absolutely amazing!

  48. Konstantina Antoniadou
    November 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    this place looks absolutely amazing!And the view is breathtaking<3

  49. Michelle
    November 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Wow – what a beautiful space! And that view is amazing!

  50. Deddeh Howard
    November 28, 2016 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful hotel, which I knew this during my stay in London. It seems like the perfect vacation hotel. Thanks for sharing love. ?

  51. Candace
    November 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I could totally see that being my apartment for everyday living. It’s just that nice. Not sure if we have “aparthotels” in the States, but this place looks so luxurious. I can imagine the nice time you had during your stay 🙂

  52. francesca
    November 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    oooh the cutest area!! i love london so much but have so much more to get to know still! sounds like the perfect vacay
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  53. Bryanna
    November 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    That place is absolutely amazing! London is by far one of my favorite cities and that place seems so amazing to stay in. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  54. Cece Lam
    November 30, 2016 at 2:06 am

    OMG thomas!! that looks so bomb!! can i please have your life 😉 hehehe

  55. Jordan Chapman
    November 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    That place looks like a little slice of heaven!
    Jordan xx

  56. Miki
    December 5, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous hotel. I love that you stayed in an upper floor with such a stunning view! 🙂 I’ll keep it in mind for when I fly back to London. Thanks for sharing!


  57. Daniel
    December 9, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Great post!

    Daniel x

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  58. Marcy
    December 10, 2016 at 8:05 am

    They said home is where your heart is and this definately looks and feels like home! London is in my bucket list for sure will take notes on this beautiful place hope you enjoyed!!!

    Happy holidays!!


  59. Natasha du Chen
    December 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Amazing hotel! Stylish pics

  60. Nadia
    January 3, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Amazing hotel! Did they host you for posting on the blog?
    Love all the photos 🙂

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