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
- 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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Quite disappointed in my stay here a couple of weeks ago. We expected luxury for the price but were quite disappointed. The rooms are quite basic overlooking concrete as a view. The pool was freezing cold and the steam room was out of service. The bar looked nice but the drinks were very over priced for a shoreditch bar. It’s in a good location but overpriced for what it is.
A little run-down, but charming in a good, central location. Is it customary for London hotels of this class to demand a 50 pound deposit of their guests for access to a minibar in the room (and which contained no liquor)?
The hotel is beautiful and and clean just as photos show. The staff were really lovely and accommodating. It was my birthday and they upgraded our room as well as left us a little dessert surprise. I prefer a firm bed for support but if you like a softer mattress you would enjoy the beds very much. We missed breakfast on Monday morning as it closes at 10am on weekdays and 11am on weekends which was unfortunate. All in all would stay again.
Stayed for one night, this is the second time we have stayed, a problem with the booking (my fault) but the Reception staff sorted it out efficiently and quickly and we were able to enjoy our stay. The Night Concierge and especially the Night Security were very helpful explaining the history of the hotel, which was interesting especially as a few persons of doubtful repute would have passed through the doors and would have not had accommodation as good as ours. The room was big and clean and everything worked as it should. Breakfast was very nice, loved the smoked salmon. Enjoyable stay.
This hotel is a converted courthouse and no doubt the building is listed which limited the scope of development. Nevertheless the hotel captures the character of the old court with its high ceilings and wooden panelling whilst offering first class bedrooms and amenities.
5 minutes walk from Old Street tube so even if trendy Shoreditch does not float your boat it is only 15 minutes tube journey back into the heart of the city.
A very comfortable stay, breakfast excellent as were the surroundings. Staff were uniformly friendly and helpful, would definitely stay again.