What We Love
- A super-central luxury hotel set in a former magistrates' court
- Dining at Silk Restaurant, with the original courtroom furnishings from the trials of Oscar Wilde, John Lennon and Mick Jagger
- Heading to the basement to unwind with some time in Sanook Spa's heated indoor pool
- Gazing over the twinkling London cityscape from the retro Soho Sky Terrace
What To Know
- Only a couple of minutes away from the Oxford Circus tube station and Oxford Street
- Very close to Mayfair, Soho and the West End neighborhoods
- Free WiFi is known to be slow
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
As you may have guessed from its name, Courthouse Hotel occupies a Grade-II listed magistrates’ court. But far from being old and stuffy, this luxe five-star hotel has given its historic home a contemporary twist. Up on the roof, you’ll find Soho Sky Terrace, a unique hideaway above the city with a retro-chalet vibe, while the basement houses Sanook Spa, complete with a heated pool, sauna and fitness room. There’s even a private cinema, with showings on Saturday nights.
There are still plenty of original features to be found, however, such as the judge’s bench, dock and witness stand, on display in Silk Restaurant, and the old prison cells, which now provide the bar’s VIP seating area.For more historic charms (and modern treasures, too), simply head out your front door. Sitting right where Mayfair, Soho and the West End meet, the hotel is just steps from Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby Street, and many of London’s iconic attractions, theaters, restaurants and shops are within walking distance.
The contemporary guest rooms feature a neutral color palette that combines rich earth tones, such as chocolate-brown and claret-red. Deluxe King rooms are a bit more spacious than the Superior King rooms, and boast a super-king-sized bed, but otherwise share the same modern amenities and stylish vibe.
Amenities- Air conditioning- Dual-line, direct-dial telephone- High-speed data port (laptop connectivity and web mail)- Flat-screen LCD satellite TV- Safe- Writing desk- Minibar- Entertainment system
Silk Restaurant offers Asian-fusion cuisine within elegant, oak-paneled walls and under a vaulted, glass ceiling. The building’s history as a magistrates’ court is evident here, with the original judge’s bench, dock and witness stand providing unique focal points. Carnaby Brasserie sits opposite vibrant Carnaby Street and is open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, while the Soho Sky Terrace offers an unusual retreat overlooking the city’s rooftops. This unique destination takes inspiration from a 1950s ski scene, with candle-lit lanterns, vintage posters and soft lighting. Downstairs, The Bar offers a further insight into the building’s history, with the reincarnation of the original cell blocks as VIP rooms.
Sanook Spa offers a haven of peace and quiet, every day between 10am and 7pm. You’ll find a heated indoor pool here, as well as a sauna and fitness room. A range of relaxing treatments are available, from facials to massages.
Courthouse Hotel occupies an enviable spot in the center of London, where the West End, Soho and Mayfair meet, just minutes from Oxford Circus tube station. You can count the iconic department store Liberty’s and The Photographers’ Gallery as your immediate neighbors, while the London Palladium, Carnaby Street and Regent Street are all just a stone’s throw away. This part of town is a destination for shopping and entertainment, with cafés, bars, restaurants, theaters and clubs around every corner.
How to Get There
Attended - as part of a gift package - just the bar area and a film screening in the comfortable, modern cinema. The hotel foyer and bar area are worth a visit (and a drink) in their own right: built in the court house buildings in which John Lennon/Yoko Ono and Mick Jagger/Marianne Faithful "appeared" in the '60s, the best preserved courtroom is now a restaurant (a member of staff might show you if it's not in use). The cells have been preserved (complete with - thankfully, now disabled- toilets) inside the bar area giving a unique, quirky atmosphere. The cinema was modern and comfortable with spacious seating. A great way to watch an old movie (the cinema offers public screenings of classic movies on Saturdays, and meal/cinema packages are available from the hotel). A different afternoon out and an unusual way for film buffs to catch an old movie.
It was great as had long day and night partying and shopping. Very close to selfridges. I did not knew hotel had a cinema as well until I saw a big que who were having drinks and then I asked a staff who told me every Saturday they show different movies which we can buy tickets to. May be next time!!!
Fantastic venue and bijou cinema, absolutely delicious afternoon tea with Champagne and attentive, professional staff – just perfect for our 2019 ESA Diploma Graduation… we've found a new home for our ceremony and will be back!