Shoreditch, in the East End of London, is one of the trendiest areas in the UK. Hosting a diverse range of restaurants, bars and clubs, and boasting some stunning graffiti-adorned walls, as well a wealth of exhibitions and other artsy goings on, there are few places in the world that can rival the vibrancy of Shoreditch. Our guide to the best boutique hotels in Shoreditch is here to help.
American hotelier Michael Achenbaum embarked on his first European venture in May 2017 with the opening of The Curtain, one of a handful of trendy luxury hotels to hit the scene in Shoreditch recently. Devour some tacos in Tienda Roosteria or savour some soul food in Red Rooster, brought to Shoreditch by acclaimed Harlem restaurateur and Obama’s favourite chef, Marcus Samuelsson, who cooked at the former president’s inauguration. Work to be done? Focus your mind in the 24-hour gym before heading to the modern co-working space to get productive. Looking to relax? Bask in the sun on the rooftop where you can grab a drink and marvel at the beauty of the London skyline or take a leisurely dip in the rooftop pool.
Original artwork and vintage furniture at The Ace offers guests the opportunity to relax in style at a hip hotel befitting of the surrounding Shoreditch area. Visitors can get some work done at the communal tables by the bar in the lobby, work out at the gym, savour a drink from the juice bar or head down to the basement bar for live music and DJ sets.
Opened July 2017, Nobu is the namesake of esteemed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, whose first European venture was a Park Lane restaurant opened in conjunction with Hollywood legend Robert De Niro. Chef Nobu has overseen the menus at his eponymous establishment so, although the hotel’s strikingly bold, stylishly modern interior design is spectacular, it is the food of the incorporated Nobu restaurant that serves as the main selling point. Guests staying towards the end of 2017 will be able to enjoy a wellness centre, including a gym and spa, while 2018 will see a rooftop bar introduced to the hotel.
On the scene since 2006, this was the first venture of The Hoxton group, which has since gone on to establish another London hotel in Holborn and extend its reach across the channel to Amsterdam. Be sure to check out the bar on the ground floor – it’s often rammed with the most sophisticated clique of the trendy Shoreditch crowd. If business needs tending to, book a workroom in The Apartment for team a bonding session, business meeting or event, and raid the Pantry Kitchen for complimentary drinks and snacks.
Delivering a luxury boutique hotel experience since 2016, Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch flourishes on the site of a former court which once hosted a fruitless trial of the notorious Kray twins, four years before they were eventually sentenced to life imprisonment. In addition to its quirky, modern interior, the hotel retains remnants of the building’s former years of litigious service. Bowl a few strikes in one of the hotel’s bowling lanes before dining in Judge and Jury, a fine dining restaurant in what was previously Courtroom Number One. Then chill out with drinks on the rooftop terrace or relish a cocktail in one of five converted prison cells preserved in as private booths in the Jailhouse Bar.
Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Shoreditch High Street station, Boundary Restaurant, Rooms & Rooftop epitomises hipster Shoreditch; converted from an old Victorian warehouse that had fallen into disrepair, it now flourishes as a social hotspot. Opened in May 2017, Boundary attracts foodies and wine lovers alike to the elaborately-decorated Tratra restaurant, while the rooftop bar and orangery entices Vitamin C and Vitamin D enthusiasts in for drinks in their droves.