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
Considering this is a 5* hotel I expected a lovely afternoon tea experience. We were greeted by a lovely host who showed us to our table - the only reason this review isn't 1/5 is because the staff were really lovely and friendly. The room was bright and the decor was nice, but we were sat infront of chipped plates which were badly washed, as we could see smears of dirt all over them. We were expecting loose leaf tea as the menu promised, but instead were served a bag of twinnings in a stained pot. My cup was dirty so I had to ask for a new, clean one. The afternoon tea was ok, but frankly I could make it better myself at home, which is not what i was expecting. The cakes which were served to us were in large quantities, but lacked quality. There was a very thick, dense slab of wet banana bread, a small doughnut which was stodgy, a stale slice of chocolate log, a peice of tiramisu which was ok, and a tiny little lemon meringue tart which was the only nice thing on that plate. Scones and jam. Not a difficult combination to get right. We were given a spoonful of clotted cream and jam each to go with 2 scones. The jam was terrible - tasted like tesco value jam. It had no fruit visible in it, and was full of sugar and gelatin, clearly bad quality. After the underwhelming, expensive, afternoon tea, we went up to the rooftop bar, which was a hidden gem, but there wasn't a huge selection of soft drinks which was a shame. As I said, every staff member we came into contact with was attentive and friendly, but I'm thoroughly dissapointed at the quality of the afternoon tea.
Went for a weekend visit sat at the bar and got chatting to a chap called Mr Shah recommend highly, great rooms nice swimming pool and a good location, the bar is well stocked, plenty of choices to pick from
The Courthouse is in a great location located near excellent world-class restaurants and trendy bars. The service by the front-desk personnel is impeccable and they treat each guest as if they are the most important person in the world. The rooms are wonderful with comfortable beds and walk-in showers. The bar has a great congenial atmosphere, the food is very good and the breakfast has an excellent buffet. Juan and Kevin the concierges always welcome you as long lost friend even if it is your first time and always ready to give a helping hand. Chris the guest services manager makes sure everything is up to your liking, and prices are definitely reasonable considering the location and quality of the hotel. I always stay at the Courthouse when I am in town.
We bought a Groupon for a three course meal and wine. It couldn't have been nicer. The restaurant was beautiful and they weren't busy so let us choose where we wanted to sit. The staff were very kind and helpful. Groupon gives you a set (limited) menu with three choices for each of starter, main and pudding. The quality of the food and presentation were very good and the portions were generous. We really enjoyed our meal here and I simply don't recognise what other reviewers have said. I thought it was incredible value for a Groupon, a lovely location and fantastic experience. I definitely would like to go back. The reviews on Groupon suggest this is a more typical experience than the poor experiences that some people have outlined here.
Very poor experience at this hotel.
Considering it is supposedly a five-star hotel, our stay here was laden with extremely poor customer service throughout and inadequate facilities considering the rating and price.
Upon arrival, we were given a room without a bath or shower despite booking a room with these facilities. It took a strong complaint and escalation to a manager for this to be resolved. The reception staff lied to us to say there were no other rooms, when clearly upon escalation this was not the case.
The rooftop bar drinks prices were astronomical. As a recent London resident for over 5 years, I am not scared by high prices, but these were insane for a bottle of warm beer.
We asked for room service or food at 22.45 on a Saturday night and was told there nothing. Only after probing were we told that there were only pre-made sandwiches. The off licence next door had more selection. To make matters worse no vegetarian or vegan options. Hardly in keeping with the east London surroundings.
The steam room didn't work throughout.
Went to use the Spa on check out day and despite not having even left the desk from checking out was told I wasn't allowed.
Felt like a second rate customer throughout. Appalling experience. Wouldn't recommend especially for the price.