ISSUE 10  |  Channeling Downton Abbey

A Chintz-Free B & B

March 09, 2012 10:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Finding a plum London hotel if you are in possession of a fat wallet is never a stretch; however, finding a good B&B on a budget is more of a challenge (as you are likely to run into lace curtains, scary carpets, and soggy toast).

Russell's of Clapton has refreshingly broken the mold, offering five simply styled rooms in a renovated Victorian. Owner Annette Russell, a one-time rock-band manager and style magazine alum, opened her eponymous B&B in her neighborhood of Clapton. She undertook the interiors herself, furnishing the rooms with finds from antique markets and local haunts like Paradise Works and Broadway Market. Located on the up-and-coming Chatsworth Road, trendy Shoreditch is close by; with Russell's comfy digs (and breakfast that includes Walthamstow sausages and organic scrambled eggs), guests may just wish to stay put. To book lodging, go to Russell's of Clapton.

Above: The suite on the top floor features artwork from local artists, sourced by Russell, who plans to show more work from the neighboring community.

Above: A wicker basket on top of a wardrobe.

Above: In the main communal room, guests can browse the library of art books, listen to music, or join Reggie, the pet whippet, on the chesterfield.

Above: The rooms feature hardwood floors and exposed brick fireplaces.

Above: The rooms are simply furnished but feature luxury bedding.

Above: Russell's offers plenty of books for perusing.