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.
How to Get There
My partner and I were given a three course meal voucher for his birthday and it did not disappoint. Our starters, mains and desserts were all lovely and very tasty. We didn’t manage to grab the names of the two waiters who looked after us this evening but we would like to note how attentive, professional and friendly they were. They are a credit to the hotel. Great service and we would definitely come back again. Thanks for a lovely evening!
My partner very kindly treated me to a theatre stay here for my birthday this weekend. The room was a good size and in a great central location for Shoreditch.
The services and cleanliness of the hotel were beyond poor and is a leagues away from justifying a 5* rating or the room rate. Our bathroom was unclean with contents of a bidet that had been there for what looked like weeks. Breakfast service was a shambles - no hot meat items for 30 minutes; we had to ask twice for a table to be set and three different members of staff to obtain the components to make a cup of tea. Attitude was so lack lustre and unhelpful that we left.
On check out - we weren’t asked how our stay was and when my partner asked if he could have details to complain - staff were completely uninterested and could barely give him an email address to share it with.
Given my partner was already extorted £186.15 for this "luxury experience". The manager has offered in compensation an amazing offer and night back with a further suggested outlay of £120. Insulting at best.
Save your money and go somewhere in the East truly worthwhile - Stay at The Curtain just around the corner for a genuine 5* experience or Travel Lodge Liverpool Street at a quarter of the price for a fabulous clean room and friendly staff.
Courthouse Hotel have no interest in customer service, satisfaction or lessons learnt.
Never stayed at the hotel but I am often there as guest of the bar. The coffee is burnt and horrible and some of the staff members are very rude. The place is empty so they often forgets about bringing coffee or even taking the order.