Stay in John Betjeman’s old home


If you’re planning a weekend in London why not swap the same old hotel for something with a bit more history?

Actually, make that a lot more. This smart Georgian terrace - 43 Cloth Fair to be precise - encloses the only remaining house to be built before London’s Great Fire of 1666, and overlooks St Bartholomew the Great churchyard – which also survived.

But if that’s not enough to put a historic twinkle in your eye, how about the fact that the flat you’ll be staying in once belonged to Sir John Betjeman – one of the nation’s favourite poet laureates?

Under the Landmark Trust, this one-bedroom, two-storey house in the heart of historical east London has been lovingly restored, and is awash with original features, furniture and décor. You’re a stone’s throw from famous sites like St Paul’s Cathedral, the Old Bailey and the Museum of London, and – if you’re feeling peckish – the renowned Smithfield Market. Perfect for breakfast.

Okay, so you’ll have to be up before 7am to get the pick of the 50-or-so different suppliers for your breakfast bacon and sausages. But if it makes you feel any better, the market traders will have been at it since three this morning.

Read more Close

Refine your search:

John Betjeman's Old HouseJohn Betjeman's Old House © Landmark Trust

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website, it should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Go to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account