What could be nicer than a bracing ruddy-cheeked walk in beautiful surroundings followed by several pints of foaming ale (or glasses of Sauv. B.) in front of a roaring fire, a slap up feed and then bed? Nothing. But how is one to achieve such sensory nirvana? Well look no further! Actually, you’ll need to look beyond the first one for the fires, but the others…
10 Fox & Anchor, Smithfield, London
Close to Smithfield market, this popular pub/boutique hotel aims to combine a traditional London Gin Palace with a comfortable and stylish city centre hotel. The pub doesn’t quite manage the roaring fire but by all accounts, the vigour of the showers will compensate. The six ensuite rooms feature giant TV’s, Sky Plus, DVD, roll top baths and Egyptian cotton bed linen.
The Fox and Anchor is run by Young’s brewery and the dinner menu is up-market pub grub – posh bangers ‘n’ mash, fish ‘n’ chips, steak, ox cheeks… Prices reflect the central London location without going too mad. A special feature of its breakfast menu is the ‘City Boy Breakfast’ which combines the usual full English with items from the Victorian era – lambs kidneys, calves liver and all topped off with a pint of Young’s stout.
This part of London, just to the north of the Square Mile is brimming with history and interest. Just around the corner is Smithfield Meat Market and if you stay up late or get up early the market will be bustling. Another thing to consider is a number of nearby nightclubs that might disturb your slumber (at weekends) if one hasn’t imbibed sufficiently. But then, isn’t that what London is all about?
Why here? The London Museum, The Barbican, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shoreditch, The British Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Guildhall, LSO St Luke’s, The Temple, Shows, Churches, Museums, Galleries, Restaurants, Shops……
How much? Double rooms at the Fox and Anchor are available from about £144 per night