The best hotels in Shoreditch
Housed in a former Victorian printworks, Sir Terence Conran’s hotel conversion was a hit from the moment it opened in 2009. There are 12 spacious rooms, individually styled with a nod to a design movement, such as Bauhaus or Shaker. Some have wet rooms, and there are another five suites featuring outdoor balconies and great city views. A rooftop bar and the on-site Albion restaurant, serving top quality French food, add to its appeal.
Clever design is the key here, with cheaper ‘shoebox’ through to ‘roomy’ rooms, as well as a brighter ‘fresh and fruity’ space. There are rain showers and free breakfast bags delivered to your room, plus tea- and coffee-making facilities and wifi. The destination Hoxton Grill, open all day, serves American-style food, plus there’s a big lobby area with a covered outdoor courtyard. Extras include free printing, and a daily phone call allowance to almost anywhere in the world.
Five minutes from Shoreditch central, and even less to Spitalfields Market, Tune’s mission is to keep prices at basement levels by offering a simple room, from around £57, with everything else as an added extra – wifi, towels, even windows. On the plus side, there’s a 24-hour reception, computers available in the lounge, and a choice of five-item breakfast, for £7. Close to Liverpool Street station and airport buses.
Once frequented by such London notables as Ronnie and Reggie Kray, these days you don’t need to be an East End gangster to gain access to this Grade II-listed courthouse. Its conversion to a grand hotel means that guests can enjoy its Baroque stylings and stunning marble-floored lobby, as well as spacious and classy rooms. Additional extras, also unavailable to crims, are the rooftop bar with city views, a screening room and two-lane bowling alley, plus luxurious spa, heated pool and fitness centre.
Within stumbling distance of Redchurch Street’s boutiques and Shoreditch’s busiest restaurants, bars and clubs, this funky hotel is the epitome of affordable luxury. Rooms are non-fussy, while the huge lobby lounge favours snappy mismatched decor plus Vitra furniture. Food and drink is available 24 hours a day in the restaurant/cocktail bar, and plenty of free stuff – toiletries, films, wifi and the contents of your fridge – keeps guests happy. Breakfast is extra.
A mouse-click from Silicon Roundabout and immediately identified by its thrusting angular design, M offers upscale accommodation, with mood lighting and underfloor bathroom heating, and the benefit of an on-site bar, brasserie and restaurants – though the proximity of Shoreditch and its hundreds of cool bars and restaurants might obviate the need for these. There’s also a fab indoor spa for luxurious treatments, plus a sauna and fitness centre.
In the heart of Shoreditch, expect hip, slightly bohemian rooms with individual styling, vintage furniture, Revo radios and a well-stocked minibar. The lobby, with slouchy leather sofas and a communal table, is a great hangout area, with free wifi, a juice bar, brasserie, and DJs every night. There’s even a record shop. Can’t face the Shoreditch frenzy beyond the lobby? Check out the Hoi Polloi restaurant (from the team behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s) serving seasonal British cooking.
This plain but winning modern budget hotel is a short walk from Shoreditch High Street, and Hoxton and Shoreditch Overground stations, and with rooms from less than £100, is a real bargain for its location. Accommodation is clean and simple, rather than luxurious, with tea- and coffee-making facilities and free wifi. Reasonably sized bathrooms have power showers and complimentary toiletries, and a basic continental breakfast is included in the price. It can feel more ‘hostel’ than ‘hotel’ but, for the area, the price is pretty unbeatable.
In a converted office building just a five-minute walk from Hoxton Square, the Z offers small, simple rooms with hand-built beds and free wifi, plus complimentary toiletries and power showers in en suite bathrooms. Continental breakfast in the Z Café, including fresh croissants, fruit salad, smoked salmon and bacon rolls, is extra, but includes unlimited coffee or tea. Complimentary cheese and wine evenings are a welcome bonus, as is the price; rooms start at £70.
Part of the cool Soho House empire, Shoreditch Rooms offers 26 rooms, ranging from ‘tiny’ to ‘big’. Ebor Street rooms have the feel of an urban beach hut, with pastel-coloured tongue and groove, shutters and swing doors to the en suite showers. Others, on Club Row, are more like an apartment, with mid-century furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows. Prices for non-members start from £245 per night and include access to nearby Shoreditch House members’ club, with its rooftop pool and state-of-the-art gym.
Things to do in Shoreditch
Some say Shoreditch has had its day, that London’s trendy brigade have moved on. If you go to Brick Lane Market, though, it doesn’t look that way.