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The Rookery

Address: 12 Peters Lane

Neighborhood: Clerkenwell/Farringdon

City: London

Phone: 011-44-20-7336-0931

Website: www.hazlittshotel.com

Expert Review

With a name that historically refers to a slum, The Rookery, though quirky in a charming way, has offset any colorful history. Named after the tenants who lived there in 1832 - like Sally Salisbury, a prostitute, and William Pettit Griffith, an architect - the 33 eccentrically-shaped rooms have a rakish charm, with uneven floorboards, dark wood paneling, mismatched antique Georgian and Victorian furniture, and wooden shutters. There's no restaurant, but you can take a drink in front of the fireplace in the cozy sitting room or sit in the quaint garden out back. Though there's not much for extras, the Rookery's eccentric, personal feel is worth the sacrifice.

Tags: moderate | historic | great value

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