Stay the Night: Hox On The Locks
Fun fact about me: I’ve always fancied myself as the Captain of my own little boat, taking to the seas and hopping from one beautiful island to the next in the sunshine in a multitude of exotic locations. But not having any actual knowledge of boat-steering or knot-tying, and with a very irrational fear of death by shark attack, I’ve been pretty hindered in that department. So when I was lucky enough to spend the night at Hox on the Locks a couple of weeks ago on the dreamiest of dreamboats (safely tied to the shore and zero chance of a live-action Jaws showing), in the not-so exotic but equally as charming Haggerston ‘hood, it was an opportunity that I simply couldn’t miss.
The brainchild of uber-trendy hoteliers at The Hoxton hotel, for two weeks boatel Osbert was open for business to their guests to celebrate the first birthday of the Hoxton Amsterdam, and what a delightful stay it was – fulfilling all my Captain dreams and more. Moored off the private Gainsborough Wharf situated on Regent’s Canal, Osbert could be found lazily swaying side to side with the rhythm of the water in the East London sunshine, surrounded by friendly neighbours and plump little ducklings.
I spent the afternoon soaking up the glorious sunshine on deck – and guzzling down the prosecco that the Hox team had thoughtfully provided – just watching the world go by and wondering how on Earth life could possibly be more boat-iful (yes, I was in my pun element), when I ventured inside…
Isn’t it just everything you’d hope your boat could be?! Decked out with quirky maritime accessories, hip furnishings, the softest feathery textiles, a fully equipped kitchen with copper errrrr’ythang, and wait for it – a record player (heart eyes, heart eyes) – I was in absolute paradise. Surprisingly, the bathroom was a lot more luxurious than I’d expect on a boat, made even more so by the addition of some plush Pen & Ink toiletries.
But the star of the show? The plumpest marshmallow of a bed you ever did see! Oh buoy, did it ever hurt my heart to leave…
Although I was sad to drag myself away from that little floating haven, I did so with a fat tick off my bucket list and renewed daydream for Captain life! Except maybe on the calmer canal waters than scarier shark-infested ones…
If a night on the beautiful Osbert would really float your boat, check out the two incredibly homey options available at Gainsborough Wharf right here. And don’t forget the bubbly!
SO MANY thank you’s to The Hoxton and Gainsborough Wharf for having me!
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