Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood

The Rookery is ideally located just on the fringe of the Square Mile, London’s financial district. It is near the Bank of England, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Old Bailey and the historic Inns of Court.

From the Middle Ages Smithfield, just outside the ancient walls of the City of London, was a bustling cattle market. It was surrounded by monastic institutions until they were all dissolved by King Henry VIII. Over the next 400 years the City Guilds became all powerful within the Square Mile, but outside it no constraints existed and the market thrived. This prosperity, combined with a convenient lack of law enforcement, attracted all manner of villains including, reputedly, Charles Dickens's immortal rascal, Fagin. The area became known colloquially as The Rookery.

The footpads and cutpurses have gone now, but the slightly raffish air remains. Today, Smithfield is to the City what Soho and Covent Garden are to the West End. A district of exuberant architecture, busy restaurants, pubs and cafes, and colourful street life.

The nearest station is Farringdon, two minutes' walk away (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Thameslink). If you prefer we will arrange for a car to meet you at the airport and bring you direct to the hotel.