The Courthouse Hotel

A fascinating history and one of the best rooftop bars in London make this gem in Soho a cultural attraction as well as a 5* hotel with clout

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02 May 2016

In 2005, a familiar and much recognised face made a stunning reappearance when the Courthouse Hotel in Soho opened. Since then it has become one of the most admired and highly visited establishments on London's luxury hotel circuit. The hotel is perfectly located in the city centre, just a short walk from tourist attractions and shopping areas such as Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and Bond Street.

Located in the old Grade II listed Marlborough Street Magistrates Court building, which was the second-oldest magistrates court in the UK, dating back to the 1800s. The building itself had a distinguished history, Charles Dickens worked as a reporter for the court in 1835 and in 1895 Oscar Wilde began his ‘Queensbury’ case in the building. Later, John Lennon and Mick Jagger defended their names at the court before its final closure in the 1980s.

Personifying modern luxury: each of the 116 rooms and suites is decked out with in soft colours, bedecked with oak flooring, and original Robert Adams fireplaces. High ceilings, antique furniture and ornate fixtures and fittings refine the sophistication of the suites and bathrooms, of which the bright marble interiors are sourced directly from Italy. The Magistrates Suites that occupy the high-ceiling Judges quarters on the first, second and third floor of the original building, offer West End accommodation with views of Carnaby Street and Liberty’s.

The Courthouse’s restaurants and bars are a heady mix of locals, theatre goers and guests at the hotel, offering everything from early morning breakfasts, through to late night or post theatre snacks. The culinary and architectural focal point of the hotel, Silk restaurant is situated in the original courtroom and features an innovative Asian fusion cuisine. Its vaulted glass ceiling and original features (including the original judge’s bench, dock and witness stand) is the stand-out feature of the hotel, offering a once-in-a-lifetime dining opportunity.

The Soho Sky Terrace sits pretty atop the hotel, surrounded by the bricks of Victorian London’s most beautiful buildings. It’s also surprisingly quiet, which is lovely when you have most of the madding crowds of London beneath you.

A haven of tranquility within the elegant 5 star Courthouse Hotel London, Sanook Spa offers a peaceful and pampering escape from busy city life, right in the heart of London’s West End. Meaning ‘enjoy yourself’ in Thai, Sanook embraces this ethos by encouraging guests to unwind with blissful spa treatments ranging from exquisite grooming rituals to indulgent facials and body massages; the gentle touch of our professional therapists will guide you through a sensory journey to total relaxation.

The Courthouse Hotel

19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL

+ 44 20 7297 5555

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