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Spend the night in Georgian London

Easy Trips for late autumn

including

▶ Elegant Georgian retreat in Wales

▶ Halloween parade in Manhattan

▶ Harvest feast on a Cornish farm

▶ Autumn warmth on Rhodes

PHOTOGRAPH: BILLY STOCK/GETTY IMAGES

1 Old-school Georgian glory in Spitalfelds

The Parlour sitting room at Batty Langley’s
PHOTOGRAPHS: CSP-ANT/AGEFOTOSTOCK, OLIVER STREWE/GETTY IMAGES, GUIDO COZZI/SIME/4CORNERS

It’s hard to believe Batty Langley’s has only been open since April, because it has the character and poise of a hotel that’s been indulging guests for centuries, and already feels part of Spitalfelds’ considerable heritage. Spread across two glorious Georgian buildings, Langley’s intrigues from the off. It looks more like the home of an eccentric uncle than a hotel. Entry from the cobbled street is by buzzer, and residents are encouraged to make themselves at home in the comfortable social spaces, each wood-pannelled and full of antiques and artwork. The bedrooms – all individually imagined and named after local luminaries – come full of surprises, whether it’s a TV hidden behind a gilt mirror, a bathroom accessed by pushing a secret button in the bookshelf, or a marble bath that looks like a coffn. There’s no restaurant but who needs one when the alternative is breakfast in bed on a tray, dinner with a book in the library, or gin from the honesty bar in front of the fre in the lounge?

A typical Georgian Huguenot terraced house in Spitalfelds

MAKE IT HAPPEN

● Batty Langley’s has 29 rooms of varying sizes and styles (from £234; battylangleys.com). Continental breakfast from £11.95. Quote ‘ Lonely Planet Traveller’ when booking by 31 December 2015 for a complimentary bottle of wine.

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