Located in the midst of East London’s hustle and bustle is The Culpeper London, a late 19th-century Victorian public house named after local 17th-century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, The Culpeper unexpectedly surprises and delights, certainly exceeding our expectations.
The Culpeper building plays host to a pub, restaurant, hotel and rooftop garden separated over four floors, making it an irresistible environment within the chaos of the city. This mixture acts as a haven for guests when they need it, and where they can also join a buzzing social environment mixing with locals and visitors alike.
A short stroll from Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, and a 3-minute walk away from Liverpool Street, the location couldn’t be more conveniently located to the hubbub of East London. It’s certainly a point of difference for the multi-functional building, highlighting the unique experiences there are on offer.
Starting on the ground floor, The Culpeper’s staff greets guests warmly, with the energy of the social space setting a rightful tone. Part pub, restaurant and cocktail bar – it’s certainly the place to be on weekends with the bar closing at 2am (quite the rarity these days). In true British fashion, the pub serves a proper English roast on Sunday’s.
On the first floor, full table service is offered amongst charming rustic interiors. The tall ceiling and large windows allow natural light to just pour in. The menu changes weekly, but is always sourced from The Culpeper’s trusted suppliers such as the Ginger Pig for meats or the Androuet in Spitalfields for cheeses. Natural wines and craft beers accompany the fresh and innovative menu, with dishes such as the Cod, Leeks, Crushed Potatoes, Clams, Beurre Blanc & Sorrel or the Braised Venison, Chocolate, Smoked Celeriac Puree; Apple & Celery that are hard to resist. Jersey oysters at 6 for £10 are a steal.
Exposed brick and copper fittings add charm to the rustic style of the entire establishment, and this aesthetic continues through to the five hotel rooms on the second floor. Each individual in their own way, rooms are consistently fitted with Nespresso machines, complimentary large bottles of still and sparkling water, and each bathroom contains re-fillable bathroom amenities. Rooms are designed for coziness too: extra wool blankets lay next to the bed, sheepskin rugs lines the floor, and the beds couldn’t be comfier.
Further up, the rooftop provides impressive views of London, where the Heron Tower and Norman Foster’s The Gherkin can be admired in all their glory. Not only a pleasure to visit, the rooftop is also practical: this is where vegetables are cultivated and later served in the first floor restaurant or wood-fired grill on the rooftop. The Rooftop’s large dining table seats 10-12, and the menu here is limited to grilled dishes, which are superb – the grilled octopus is a hands-down crowd-pleaser.
INCREDIBLE VALUE, FOR A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
It’s important to book early, at rates starting from £120 it’s an incredible deal, and that’s including the 20% VAT charge, free WIFI and breakfast. In addition, The Culpeper offers a complimentary drink upon arrival and 10% off food and drinks for guests – could their hospitality be any better?
We recommend The Culpeper for travellers or Londoners alike. It’s more than worth the price for a vacation (or staycation) to remember.
The Culpeper London
40 Commercial St, London E1 6LP, UK
+44 20 7247 5371
This article comes in cross-collaboration with our friends at Champ Travel
(All images courtesy of The Culpeper London)
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