Aparthotel brand Locke has just launched its fourth London property, Kingsland Locke, in the heart of Dalston in East London. It joins Leman Locke in Aldgate, Locke at Broken Wharf by the Millennium Bridge right on the edge of The City and Bermonds Lock by Tower Bridge.
Locke hotels offer an alternative to traditional hotels in so far as they are aparthotels with apartments rather than rooms, offering the traveller well thought out designed living spaces in what is seen as more of a boutique lifestyle hotel. As well as the four London hotels, Locke also have hotels in Manchester and Edinburgh and are planning to open more in Dublin, Berlin, Munich, Lisbon and Copenhagen.
Kingsland Locke has 124 signature apartments as well as an on-site microbrewery and gin distillery, all-day restaurant, complimentary co-working space, workout studio and coffee shop. Head down to the lower ground floor and you will find a large, naturally lit atrium space that transforms from a relaxing area during the day into a lively restaurant and bar in the evenings.
The hotel has set up a partnership with German Kraft Brewery, Jim and Tonic Distillery and Le Bab to create KRAFT Dalston, which is an exciting new food and drink venture. KRAFT Dalston has a gin distillery and microbrewery on site at Kingsland Locke, which will reduce the outlet’s CO² footprint by 75% by eliminating any unnecessary packaging and deliveries to the site. For Le Bab it is their first venture in East London having established locations in Soho and Covent Garden where they have created their modern take on the traditional kebab. You will find Shaman on the ground floor, serving third-wave coffee and grab-and-go items to both hotel guests and passersby.
Stephen McCall, CEO of edyn, says:
“Kingsland Locke marks our fourth property to open in London and is a particularly exciting launch for us all. This launch, as with other Locke openings, has been all about championing the local Dalston area and seeking partners and collaborators that call the area home – from the architects to the uniform designers. With Kingsland Locke, we are aiming to celebrate Dalston’s unique creative landscape, and in doing so, create an environment in which both travellers and locals feel at home.”
The interior spaces of Kingsland Locke have been designed by East London-based studio Red Deer Architects, who have taken design inspiration from the vibrant colours and scenes of the surrounding Dalston neighbourhood. You will find the hallways coloured in vibrant peachy pinks, set against rough raw renders, whilst joinery pieces such as the reception desk and waiter stations are reminiscent of market stalls, using metal framing against a mélange of colourful tiling.
The rooms on the other hand, have been designed with a more muted palette, using raw textures and subtle tones to help guests rest and relax. Synonymous with the wider Locke brand, all studios feature fully equipped kitchens fitted with high spec appliances, as well as custom-made green velvet sofas and comfortable living spaces. You will also notice a lot of plants in the hotel’s communal areas, something you will find in all Locke properties.
Lucas Che Tizard, Founding Director of Red Deer Architects commented:
“We are really excited to have partnered with Locke for their first venture into East London. For the design of Kingsland Locke, we took inspiration from the hotel’s surroundings to help ground it within the local community, as well as creating a connection between the hotel guest and the space they inhabit.”
Kingsland Locke, 130 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2LQ, England.
Tel: +44 (0)330 174 0642
The hotel is located in the heart of Dalston in East London and is a 3 minute walk from Dalston Kingsland Overground Station and a 6 minute walk from Dalston Junction Overground Station.
Type of Hotel: Aparthotel
Price Band: Rates start from £115 per night.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Images courtesy of Kingsland Locke