Set in a Grade II-listed former telephone exchange on High Holborn, The Hoxton channels its heritage into a vintage-meets-modern aesthetic. The metropolitan rooms feature warm interiors with touches of leather and dark wooden furniture, the bathrooms come decked out in black and white tiles with large waterfall-head showers, and the large lit-up mirrors encourage a new age of Instagrammers to show off their digs.
Yes, it’s a little hipster, but it’s charming. The hotel has clearly put a lot of thought into the guest experience, with Roberts radio clocks championing form and fashion, stylish Blank toiletries in the bathroom and Hoxton-branded mugs, maps and pens adding a homely feel. There’s even the opportunity to fill your mini-bar fridge with snacks at supermarket prices, so no eye-watering bills at check-out.
While there are plenty of great places to eat around the hotel, its onsite restaurant is a must for at least one night. Headed up by Chris Gillard (ex-St John chef), it champions the best of British cuisine alongside an expertly paired wine list in a bistro-style setting. You can also choose to head here for brunch or hang a dedicated ‘little breakfast’ bag on your door for £4 and have it filled up overnight.
A shopaholic’s haven, the Hoxton sits right on the edge of one of London’s busiest shopping districts, with Covent Garden, Soho and Oxford Street all nearby, and it’s just a minute from Holborn tube station. Up the road, you’ll find Theatreland and the large-scale cinemas of Leicester Square, while galleries such as The Coultard and the Royal Academy are less than a thirty-minute stroll away.
- Redemption Roasters – For a morning brew with a conscience (the roasters aim to reduce reoffending in the UK through coffee).
- Master Wei – For no-frills, all-flavour dining from China’s Shaanxi province.
- The British Museum – For antiquities that span ancient Egyptian mummies to Greek sculptures.
Time Out tip
Five minutes away, you’ve got The Top Secret Comedy Club which is notable for famous comedians doing affordable warm-up sets. There’s a cracking pub opposite called The Sun (which is often frequented by Time Out staffers) so stop by for a Neck Oil beforehand.