The recently opened Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch is housed in the former Old Street Magistrates Court and Police Station has quickly become known as one the most luxurious spots in Shoreditch. A design-led gem, with gilded art-deco interiors: polished marble bathrooms, jazzy, striped walls and chequered floors, the hotel is a short walk from the vibrant district of Hoxton: a mecca for London’s alternatives, artists and youngsters.
Devoted to keeping the tone akin to the hotel’s past, the historic vibe is perhaps best realised at the hotel’s restaurant, which is set in the former main courtroom. Half dim-lit diner and half Dickensian tavern, all the furniture, light-fixtures, fabrics and artworks are genuine articles from the building’s past. The exposed bricks, upholstered leather add a touch of louche to an otherwise vagabond dining experience. The prison cells that surrounded the courtroom have become quirky VIP booths in the bar, which serves pre-dinner cocktails along with an extensive wine list.
The 128 over-sized hotel rooms and suites feature exquisite fabrics, both on the beds, furnishings and walls. With nods, of course, to the hotel’s past life, with metallic fixtures, writing desks and low ceilings. Each room contains tate-of-the-art entertainment systems and Nespresso coffeemakers.
The hotel’s credentials spread further than wining and dining guests though, below ground there is a 2-lane bowling alley, a 200-seat cinema and a rooftop bar from which you can view the expansive East London skyline. The spa facilities include a pool, sauna, steam room and a range of treatments.