East London is home to the UK’s tallest building, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, and Shoreditch, one of the trendiest places in the UK. Reflecting these relatively recent developments, a selection of progressively luxurious hotels have sprung up in East London that offer an excellent base for anyone looking to branch out and stay somewhere other than Central London.
Observe the magnificence of London from above at the Shangri-La Hotel inside The Shard, the tallest building in the UK. London’s first elevated hotel, the Shangri-La begins from the 34th floor of the building, meaning guests are offered unparalleled views of the capital. Sitting atop London Bridge station, the European Hospitality Awards’ 2015 Hotel Opening of the Year is in a prime position for sightseeing, with the Tate Modern, City Hall and the HMS Belfast all nearby.
Original artwork and vintage furniture at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch 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 venue, Miranda, for live music and DJ sets.
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.
Opened in May 2017, the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square is a relatively new addition to East London’s luxury hotel scene. Situated opposite Tower Hill station, near lots of major offices and banks and just 20 minutes from City Airport, the Four Seasons is ideal for business travellers. Likewise, the in-house spa, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym make the hotel great for leisure travellers too. Indulge your taste buds in any of three restaurants, one of which is operated by French three-Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic.
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 that, 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 open 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 a team bonding session, business meeting or event, and raid the Pantry Kitchen for complimentary drinks and snacks.
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.