Since the turn of the 21st century, no other part of London has changed as much as Shoreditch. A place that used to be almost inaccessible to the capital, fighting the Square Mile, has become a great place.
Now it’s a frenzy, a frenzy of creative energy, from art and fashion to media, music and technology. And when all this comes, then good food, nightlife, shopping, and – of course – hotels, will surely follow.
Plus, it won’t be easy to go east (or west) to visit now, thanks to the Elizabeth Line. Whether you’re here for a long or short stay or just to browse the many shopping malls, there’s a hotel for everyone.
Here’s our guide to some of the best places to rest your weary head after a day of street food, craft beer, hipster-spotting and vintage shopping.
The best luxury hotel away from home: Hoxton Shoreditch
This is the type of hotel where, if you’re visiting a city with the chance to stay, you should be sure to book a night or two, but the Shoreditch version is original. The stylish bedrooms – from ‘shoebox’ to ‘bedside’ – are a study in mid-century industrial aesthetics, with wood paneling, designer furniture and lighting, and shower heads in well-appointed bathrooms. There is also an in-room dining room, an excellent Mexican rooftop restaurant, and the entire venue revolves around the Hoxton Grill. Popular and welcoming spaces include a work area with bar, library and meeting rooms.
A short stroll from Rivington St and Curtain Rd, this luxury independent offering is a mix of luxury hotel luxury and mid-century cool. The warm, woody, understated look extends from the lobby to the airy master suite, with its pops of Miami style, sleek finishes, and stunning views. As for the view, the rooftop lounge and restaurant will offer you the best London view you can see at a hotel, along with California delicacies, such as beef rib tacos, or lobster soft shells. Be sure to try the White Negroni, too.
Best luxury hotel: Mondrian
Mondrian comes to Shoreditch, stays in the old Curtain Hotel, and runs the Curtain members’ club. The master and master bedrooms are generously sized, and all have en-suite bathrooms. Wes Anderson-esque ground floor bar Christina’s puts a new twist on dining by only sourcing ingredients from independent suppliers. Food-wise, Laurel offers California fare next to the rooftop pool, while, underground, Andalusian BiBo is the latest offering from Michelin-starred Dani Garcia (try the gazpacho sauce).
You can plant yourself just two minutes from the Silicon Roundabout, pampering yourself with the luxury of extras – soft sheets, a comfortable bed, a flat-screen TV, professional lighting and a stylish bathroom – without paying out of the nose. The best option on our list, Z’s accommodations are perfect for a night or two if you want a comfortable place to run, get ready, and then check out. Everything is close at hand, with a cool glass screen that separates the modern bathroom from the rest of the space. So, don’t share it with someone you don’t agree with.
New York’s elegant and industrial Shoreditch go hand in hand very well, as it happens in a cool and stylish dining room, found moments from the best bars like The Book Club and Queen of Hoxton. There’s also a whole village under one roof, with a bakery, grocery store, a formal rooftop restaurant – serving upscale (demanding) British food – plus a bar and brasserie. The 17 rooms are individually decorated, by Terence and Vicki Conran, so no design detail has been overlooked.
You know you’re off to a good start when the house has a strong illusion. Located a few minutes from Old Street tube station, this triangular-shaped hotel (or is it?) is a conduit for the creative spirit that led to the rebirth of Shoreditch in the late 1980s. , is an official Jet Lag spa service (don’t worry if you haven’t boarded a plane), a photo lab where guests can print their photos, using photo studios. smartphone printers, and great restaurants.
If you want an extra level of quirk and fun thrown into your left-field Shoreditch experience, go see Mum. Designed in collaboration with the French interior designers Maxime Dion & Florence Arles, great kindness touches the public areas, while the bedrooms have the same playful and formal interior design. If you want to add a… er… dimension to your stay, you can buy a ‘Mama Sexy Box’, and most rooms have a mirror that looks out over the bed. Did you fix the craving? Mama Restaurant serves delicious French cuisine in a relaxed setting – although not as relaxed as the ‘Sexy Box’ presence would suggest – and there’s also an excellent garden bar.
Behind an innocuous door in a side street, opposite pop-up delivery mecca BOXPARK, is the Shoreditch iteration of (in)famous Soho House. You don’t need to be a full member to stay, but you do need to join Soho Friends, which gives you access to Soho House bedrooms, studios and events. A different ride than a big club takes you to a bijou New England lodge, but the luxury feel, design and little touches elevate the experience – with great views of the city, freshly baked cookies, impeccable service and luxurious amenities. . With this and access to the club – with a rooftop pool, games room, events, nightclub and two restaurants – during your stay, it makes for one of Shoreditch’s most exciting campsites.
Price: Doubles from £170, including membership
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