Now that’s what I call city living - my weekend stay at Leman LockeTuesday 24 January 2017 by Jasmine Trickey Heard of Locke by SACO? Well here's an insight from a guest who has stayed there herself. From the complimentary artisan tea to the rubber duck in the bathroom, here's an insiders perspective of SACO's newest design-led aparthotel.
In my high-school yearbook, I wrote that in ten year’s time, I hoped to be “living it up in my own stylish London apartment”. Now, it hasn’t quite been that long, but it certainly did feel like that’s what I was doing when I stayed at Leman Locke a few weeks ago. For a girl’s weekend away, this was the perfect place to stay. It’s hard to pinpoint what made me fall in love with it so much, but I’ll do my best to sum up the best bits for you.
Okay, so the décor in this place is just really freakin’ cool. The furnishings are contemporary and edgy, but combined with the soft lighting and pastel colour scheme throughout, Leman Locke exudes serenity. The design aligns perfectly with the creative vibes of East London, but maintains the coziness of a home. We also had a smooth check in thanks to the reception staff, were handed our keycards and then made our way up to our 9th floor apartment in the elevator.
She could have stayed there all day
The adorable little (and big) details
The first thing my friend said when we unlocked the door to our apartment was “where can I get one of those sofas?!” – and I’m sure that’s a question the staff get asked frequently. We were also greeted with a brown paper bag filled with delicious treats, and I’m sure if we had been staying any longer the Hemsley + Hemsley recipe book would have been put to good use. Other details I appreciated were the wobbling alarm clock, retro telephone, bespoke salted caramel toiletries, and the super comfy bed. And last but not least, the rubber duck who came with the bathroom, who I had quite an affection for.
The TVs are awesome
I’m quite excitable when it comes to new technology, and as a subscriber of Netflix and Spotify, I really appreciated the ability to stream my own music and film through the (two!) TVs in the apartment. As we didn’t have a set plan for the weekend, out first evening was spent relaxing on the pink sofa, scrolling through the neighbourhood recommendations and deciding what to do the following day, cracking open a bottle of wine, and watching some Netflix.
Television and tea, a blissful combination
You can walk to the centre of Shoreditch in 15 minutes
…or back after a night out. The evening of day two was spent checking out the local nightlife, so this was really handy. We caught the tube from Aldgate East, less than a two minute walk away, to the Magic Roundabout, and later ended up at The Book Club, before making our way home by foot.
What was missing?
An extra eat natural bar, maybe, or a fluffy blanket for snuggling up on the sofa. I’d have liked to have tried out the on-site restaurant too, but unfortunately it wasn’t open during our stay. Honestly, I can’t really complain.