Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
What We Love
- The playful references to the property's jailhouse past
- A rooftop bar with expansive views over London
- Potent prison-themed cocktails at the main bar
- The spa’s cozy indoor swimming pool
What To Know
- Just a short walk from the Old Street tube station
- Despite the hotel's busy Shoreditch locale, guest rooms are insulated from street noise and very quiet
- There are 11 event spaces that can accommodate up to 800 people
- Free WiFi is slow and spotty
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Following extensive renovations, the Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station—where famous gangster brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray were once imprisoned—is now the second London outpost of the luxury Courthouse Hotel. This 128-room property includes original details like wood paneling and stained glass windows along with playful reminders of the building’s past, while, at the main cocktail lounge, murals depicting long-gone “residents” displayed behind metals bars and former cells have been converted into private booths. This is the place to go for strong signature drinks like the Convicted, a mix of Woodford reserve, Cointreau, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Prison-themed dishes are on offer at the restaurant, located in the former courtrooms (also home to a private member’s club). If the pesky London weather allows it, head to the rooftop bar for panoramic views of Shoreditch. But if you encounter rain and fog, look to the hotel’s cinema, the two-lane bowling alley, or the spa’s heated indoor pool.
In the Area
Once-gritty Shoreditch in London’s East End is now among the city’s trendiest and most dynamic areas. Its appeal is the direct result of London’s best artists and galleries, which are moving in from the West End; now, entire sections—most notably Great Eastern Street—are dotted with striking graffiti. Start the day off at The Breakfast Club, a popular restaurant that doles out hearty morning staples like chicken and waffles. Afterwards, burn off a couple of calories on your stroll to Brick Lane, a favorite destination for fans of vintage finds. The street is also home to the Old Truman Brewery, a formerly derelict series of buildings that have been transformed into a hub for creative businesses, along with bars, restaurants, clubs, and a recently opened food market called Boiler House. For the fashion and design set, there’s Box Park nearby. Billed as the world’s first pop-up mall, this modern space features multiple stands for independent brands like Astrid & Miyu, a maker of handcrafted contemporary jewelry.
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I had an amazing hotel stay at Hotel Shoreditch. The decor of the lobby was phenomenal and the bar staff gave me a history lesson in the building including the jail that housed some of London's most infamous criminals. The rooms were very spacious and had amazing beds - super comfortable. The staff, for the most part, went above and beyond to make my stay pleasant. From the front desk attendees to the late night staff, to the concierge (particularly Juan), everyone tried their best to make sure we had an amazing stay in London. The breakfast was also amazing!
Unfortunately, the only negative experience I had was when the housekeeping mistakenly took a white jumper I had previously had dry cleaned. The housekeeping staff was extremely apologetic and looked for it but never found it. The front desk attendee apologized profusely and asked if they could reimburse my dry cleaning, but then the manager who I believe was named Grace said to wait until they search one more time and they would let me know any details in the next coming days. After hearing no response, I emailed enquiring about the jumper and another manager Clemelyn reached out and said they could not locate my jumper and there was nothing they could do. I emailed them again multiple times asking to be replaced the cost of my jumper and got no response. I even called and was promised communication and received none.
Honestly, this would have been a 5-star rating, but the service I received from the managers was in my opinion not professional. My colleague and I spent 5 nights in the hotel and spent over $3,000 there and the least they could have done was reimbursed my dry cleaning or the cost of my jumper. I just found out I will be coming to London at minimum 4 times a year for work as my largest client is based there and I am also hosting an event in November with 10 friends in London and would have loved to stay at this hotel, but the service I received from the managers has truly put a bad taste in my mouth.
Was looking for somewhere to stay for a night out in Shoreditch chose this as seemed well located looked quirky and had a roof bar. Unfortunately on arrival we found the roof bar is due to open next week. Rooms were very modern beds comfortable and nicely decorated and furnished. The hotel is probably a 10 minute walk from Old Street station and similar to Shoreditch station. Lots of bars within easy walking. The hotel bar is large and if it was just a bar would probably be considered a smart cocktail bar and busier. Being a courthouse they have cells which are ideal for small groups to have a drink in and they have booths for group seating, sofas and plenty of other seating. There is a double aspect fireplace in the middle of the room bright artwork and high seats at bar. Unfortunately when we were there during the afternoon and at the end of the evening it wasn't very busy. Cocktails were good though and I would definitely recommend having a drink in there. Enjoyed our stay
Probably the best hotel I have stayed in so far. Room upgrade on arrival which was nice. Great facilities and some which you wouldn’t expect. Easy to get to and plenty to do around the area. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Would have loved to stay a bit longer to use the bowling alley and cinema. Would stay here again.
This is a nice hotel and well situated to get around Shoreditch. The bar was a chilled place to have a drink and unusual with its line of cells at the back. Room well appointed and decorated albeit a tad warm.
The staff made our stay here really enjoyable. The check in staff are helpful and professional and the concierges are all fantastic.
The room was funky and nicely decorated.
The bar is super with interesting prison cells and really tasty food.
Breakfast was also very enjoyable.
I would definitely stay here again.
Book ahead if you are taking your car to reserve the car space - they look after the car really well.
There is a spa, pool and a bowling alley.
Also a rooftop bar which I bet is amazing of a summer evening.