Contemporary and bold, The Whitechapel first opened its doors in 2012 on the grounds of a former textile factory. As a homage to that, an industrial aesthetic runs throughout the building to great effect. Our room was bright and modern, and I loved the solid-oak flooring and huge, factory-like windows, where an Eames-style chair was positioned to soak up the incredible city views. There’s also free wifi available throughout the hotel – a definite bonus for the business traveller. With just 27 rooms, The Whitechapel manages to feel intimate yet buzzy, and while there’s a good Halal restaurant attached (it is a Muslim establishment, so no bar or bacon for breakfast), the many ethnic eateries of Brick Lane are just a hop, skip and a jump away, as is the Whitechapel Gallery, should you want to indulge in some excellent art.
A room for two starts from £64 a night.
49-53 New Road, E1 1HH.