Tucked away down a narrow London lane, Ruby Stella takes her name and inspiration from one of the neighbourhood’s historic literary lights: Charles Dickens.
During Dickens’ day, Clerkenwell was a hotbed of industry and creativity, with printers and bookbinders rubbing shoulders with watchmakers, jewellers and market traders.
In fact, many remain to this day in the streets surrounding Stella.
With this rich history in mind, we set to work creating a cosy, old-world bookish space.
From delicate quills to heavy presses, the bar celebrates every step of the publication process, right up to the gilt-edged, marbled end papers.
For texture, embossed leather and burnished brass meet traditional wool and tweed furnishings in dark blue and deep red hues.
The menu meanwhile is thoroughly modern, covering everything from the healthy breakfast and barista coffee, to signature cocktails and late-night snacks.
Upstairs, Stella’s rooms are all styled with Lean Luxury touches, including a big, comfy bed, aromatherapy Ruby Care products, and soft, fluffy towels. There’s also a Marshall amp so you can plug in your playlist.
Farringdon station is a short walk away, from where you can be at St Pancras International station within five minutes and Heathrow airport in around 40 minutes, direct.
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A stone’s throw from the old walled City of London, Clerkenwell has a long history as a creative hub, with jewellers and bookbinders calling it home for centuries.
Blending elements of this industrious past with a rich Victorian aesthetic, the 24-hour bar at Ruby Stella is a cosy spot for a morning coffee or a nightcap.
Drawing on Charles Dickens’ local associations, you’ll spot ink pots and quills, alongside embossing tools and, of course, plenty of vintage books.
It’s an inspiring space where people come together to share tall tales and grand plans, catch an up-and-coming band or just unwind with a cocktail or two.
On warm days and balmy evenings, our ground-floor terrace is the place to be.
Start your day with an al fresco breakfast, escape the hustle and bustle with a book, or kick back with a cocktail as the sun sets over the city.
Our healthy, locally sourced breakfast buffet with fresh barista coffee and organic tea will set you up for the day ahead.
Tuck into fresh fruit and superfood cereals, along with wholegrain bread from the local bakery, and a delicious selection of meats and cheeses.
Our local favourite is the warm, comforting porridge. Drizzle with honey or add a dollop of jam, then go on your way with a glow.
Fancy a drink, forgotten your toothbrush or need a quick ironing fix? Head to the Galley.
There, you’ll find hot water and free organic tea, along with an ironing board and iron.
There’s also a Maxi Bar on the 2nd, 4th and 6th floor, where you can buy everything from soft drinks and snacks to an umbrella or a toothbrush.
Music’s a big part of life at Stella. That’s why you can hire an electric guitar for an impromptu jam, tune into Ruby Radio in your room and even catch live acts in the bar.
Of course every musician needs a muse, and ours is London. For hints and tips on the hottest spots, just ask our hosts – they’ll be happy to help.
Loved your stay? Now get the goodies. From tea, coffee, and scented candles to Ruby Care shampoos and shower gels, you’ll find all you need to unwind when you get home.
To recreate the full Lean Luxury vibe, you can even buy our bedding – all of which has been carefully designed with a great night’s sleep in mind.
Since the start, we’ve taken lots of steps to be sustainable. From choosing renewable energy to streamlining systems to reduce paper use, some of it is behind the scenes.
In your room, though, you’ll notice smart lighting and refillable Ruby Care amenity bottles, along with renewable natural materials like wood panelling and flooring. Where possible, we also rescue and restore second-hand furniture to add character and cut our carbon footprint.
We’re lucky enough to have some brilliant local suppliers in our home cities. That means we can keep our food and drink miles down on everything from breakfast treats to beer and wine.
Unwind in a Lovely room with all the comfy features you’d expect, plus a little extra space. Ideal for longer stays or trips for two. Most have a 160cm-wide, extra-long bed with oversize linen for a luxurious lie-in, along with a desk and a wardrobe. Some also have a comfy armchair. Lovely rooms at Ruby Stella have views over the courtyard terrace or the quiet street below.
Just so you know, some Lovely rooms are accessible, with a bigger bathroom and a 140cm-wide bed.
Travelling solo or don’t mind snuggling up? Our Cosy rooms have a 160cm-wide bed with crisp linen and an oversize duvet for a great night’s sleep, along with a desk and a wardrobe. Cosy rooms at Ruby Stella overlook the courtyard or the quiet street below.
Just so you know, some Cosy rooms are accessible, with a bigger bathroom and a 140cm-wide bed.
If you’re just after a big, 160cm-wide bed, a powerful shower and our signature Lean Luxury touches, a compact Nest room is the one for you. Most rooms have a small wardrobe and a desk, too.
Just so you know, Nest rooms at Ruby Stella don't have a window, but they're still light, bright and oh-so-comfy.
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You’ll find Ruby Stella in Clerkenwell, one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods. With its recorded history stretching back over 900 years, be sure to keep an eye out for ancient churches, cobbled streets and, of course, a friendly tavern or two.
One of the oldest is Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, a 15-minute stroll or a short bus ride away. Supposedly a regular haunt of Charles Dickens, it’s a higgledy-piggledy drinking den that’s still a favourite with City workers.
To soak up some more history, hop on the tube and head to the Tower of London. As well as sneaking a peek at the crown jewels, you'll get a great view of the iconic Tower Bridge. For an uninterrupted riverside stroll, cross to the south bank and wind your way back west, passing markets, galleries and waterfront pubs.
If it's bright lights you're after, chart a course for Covent Garden and Soho. As well as top-notch theatre and shopping, you'll find London's bustling Chinatown. All are around a half hour walk from Ruby Stella, or a short trip by bus or tube.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s no shortage of foodie spots near Ruby Stella. Exmouth Market is a five-minute walk away, where lunchtime stalls sell street food from around the world, and restaurants throw open their doors for dinner and drinks. Smithfield Market is also home to some delicious eateries, many dishing up produce from Smithfield itself, which is the country’s oldest and largest meat market.
Farringdon station is a short walk away, from where Heathrow airport is 40 minutes by tube, and St Pancras International station is a four-minute hop.
You can park comfortably at the "Hatton Garden" car park, just a four-minute walk from our front door.
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Like you, we travel a lot. And wherever we go, we expect three things: a great night’s sleep, a powerful shower and top-notch connections – both to the city and the WiFi.
What we’re less keen on is paying for extras we never use. In dynamic cities bursting with Michelin stars and foodie pop-ups, room service sandwiches just don’t cut the mustard.
So we set out to create the best of both worlds – hotels with style and substance, but none of those expensive extras.
It’s what we call Lean Luxury.
To us, luxury means laid-back comfort in characterful surroundings, right in the heart of the city.
The lean part is all about being smart with space, streamlining things behind the scenes and doing away with the things you don’t need.
This innovative approach saves us and you money, without compromising on comfort.
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