Wednesday, 19 February 2014
An increasing number of Team Sluttery are based south of the Thames and as a result there's been a lot of Camberwell talk in my inbox today. Our new food writer lives there (you'll meet her tomorrow, I'm so excited) and Kat's been a Camberwell resident for a while now, in a flat so beautiful I'm green with envy every time I pop over for my tea. It's not an area of London I visit very often, but I really enjoy it when I do.
Lovely as it is, Camberwell isn't the first place in London I'd think of when looking for a boutique hotel. Most of the quirky hotels outside of zone 1 are in west London (save for Rough Luxe and the fully-booked until the end of time 40 Winks). But I can't help be utterly charmed by The Church Street Hotel with its Spanish Americana thing going on. I really, really want to stay here.
Like most bits of London that are south of the river, Camberwell doesn't have a nearby tube (befriend the overground, you can see out of the window and everything). It only takes 20 minutes by bus to get to Borough Market (yep, measuring distance by how long it'll take before someone gives me chorizo). That, as I'm sure we all know, is the perfect book reading journey time.
Those tiles! Excuse me while I steal them and give my boring white bathroom a complete makeover.
I do love a hotel that's not scared of throwing a little colour on the walls. If it's done well, it can be a beautiful thing. I wouldn't decorate with lime green, but I do love a vibrant hotel.
There's a bar in the hotel that looks perfect for drinks and they've also got a cute tapas restaurant called Angels & Gypsies which is also where they serve breakfast. I would happily sink into that leather chair and refuse to leave until I've finished reading my book.
Lalalalalala. Can't hear you, busy eating all the breakfast pastries.
Prices for a double with breakfast are currently a very reasonable £125 so I'm even more tempted to visit. Camberwell has a lot going on, it's not just good for spying on fabulous Domestic Sluttery ladies.