Glass stays in the stylish sanctuary of Hyatt Place London City East

TUCKED away from the hustle and bustle of Whitechapel is East London’s’ secret spot, Hyatt Place London City East. Known for its brilliantly curated art of local creatives, the property does not fail to deliver on authenticity.

Exterior of Hyatt Place London City East

Just a few steps from the infamous Brick Lane, I arrive at Hyatt Place London City East. Upon entering, I am immediately immersed in variety of art commissioned by the hotel’s General Manager Michael Mason-Shaw who curates the unique art gallery, “Curated at Hyatt Place”.


As someone who considers themselves as an art-lover, I was in sensory overload, but in the best way. The hotel oozes with pieces from London-based artists such as Sam Kerridge, Lothar Götz, Olly Fathers and Jay Kaes, along with floral designer Elizabeth Marsh and textile designer Ellen Russell – they immerse you in the city’s famous street art scene.

Mural by Jay Kaes

Whilst I take a moment to unpack and refresh in my room, I am struck by the views across the capital. The private outdoor terrace from my room is the perfect spot to enjoy the picture-postcard views of the world-famous London skyline, and I already know where I will be enjoying my morning coffee.

Room with a terrace

I head down through the layers of art to the restaurant, Zoom East Kitchen & Bar. Promoting an excellent selection from Sicily, brought to life by head chef Vittorio Meli. Dishes are inspired by carefully handed down recipes from Vittorio’s family, creating a heart-warming menu that is authentically Sicilian and honestly local.

The Beef Shin Ragu Arancini, Sardine Beccafico and Cous Cous Alla Trapanese are not to be missed, and of course we couldn’t leave without a traditional Cannoli.

Arancini at Zoom East

View from PocketSquare

After dinner, we head up to the ninth floor to get a taste of PocketSquare’s expertly crafted signature cocktails and enjoy the rest of the evening in the rooftop oasis.

Drawing inspiration from the city’s diverse history and cultures, the cocktails are created with an East London twist and when combined with stunning views of the London skyline, makes for a perfect end to the evening.

And with a super-comfortable bed waiting for me, I know I will have a truly deep and relaxing sleep, ready for the day ahead.

by Vivian Hui

Hyatt Place London City East rooms start at £120 per room per night.

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