Our experience at the Cable Street Inn began during the booking process, with proprietor Julian Cole's speedy, flexible and clear responses to our enquiries. Then, upon arrival, you walk up to the property and ring the doorbell, and truly, kind, warm Julian opens the door for you and greets you like a friend or relative. He then is on hand and accommodating at all times. We arrived on Christmas Day, and were treated to a fire in the fireplace, mulled wine, and pastries, while we talked of many things, including the interesting history of the property, and the area surrounding it.
Every inch of the inn is appointed with lovely fabrics, colors, surfaces and artwork. The breakfasts, which seemed available virtually upon waking, which varied at a wide variety, from our second jet-lagged morning (10:30am) to our last, before crack-of-dawn cab ride to the airport. There is a communal living-dining-kitchen area, where you can eat, heat up or keep food or drink cool, and, best of all meet a couple of other guests (there are only a couple of guest rooms in the place!) from around the world who have also managed to seek out and choose an accommodation like this, and then be lucky enough to find the availability to stay. I have on prior trips found London sometimes figuratively as well as literally cold, but that impression is dashed when inside The Cable Street Inn.
In terms of accessibility to the sites and sights of London, right outside the door of the place are: not one but two train stations, city bike rental, various buses, and the little markets and local establishments you'd find near a (sub)urban subway or train station. Interestingly enough, the Inn is housed in a former pub, hence the centrality of the place to the surrounding area. You are also walking distance from the Tower of London and its surrounding attractions, as well as the trendy new "Bank" area, with its mix of old and new London. This "East End" property provides a close, yet far enough away from the expensive, loud, yet heretofore more typical "West End" type of accommodation.
After leaving, my sons and I kept referring to the Cable Street Inn as "Julian's Place;" I keep feeling like calling it "Uncle Julian's Place." If and when I have to pass through London again (as a 55-year old world traveler, I've been to London countless times, and no doubt will be back), I'd check first on the availability at "Uncle Julian's!"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique B&B in a historic former ale house built in 1790. Just 1 minute walk to Shadwell DLR and Overground Stations, it is a convenient, luxurious and affordable place to stay. ... more less