Welcome to the vibrant heart of London’s East End, where creativity and culture converge to shape a neighbourhood unlike any other—Shoreditch. This eclectic district has undergone a remarkable transformation, evolving from its industrial roots to become a dynamic hub for artists, trendsetters, and innovators. Brimming with street art, trendy boutiques, and a kaleidoscope of dining options, Shoreditch is a captivating blend of tradition and trendiness. Explore the maze of narrow alleys adorned with captivating murals, discover hidden gems in its lively markets, and soak in the bohemian atmosphere that permeates every corner. Here are our favourite 5-star and luxury hotels to stay at in the area.
Sun Street Hotel
Architect George Dance the Younger conceived this property back in the 1800s. These days it enjoys a spot in one of the capital’s trendiest corners. Rooms and suites hark back to its origin story, with rich jewel tones, patterned wallpapers and Persian-style rugs. Many come here just for the restaurant; Quercus is a destination in itself, with chef Stephen Englefield serving South East Asian inspired dishes prepared using ingredients from our own shores. And it’s well worth stopping for a tipple at the bar, whose cocktail menu uses V.R. Vickers Google Book as its muse.
The antidote to London’s largeness, the bijou Boundary has but 17 rooms, ensuring a boutique ambience in the surroundings of a former Victorian warehouse. Each has been individually designed in the spirit of Shoreditch’s commitment to creativity, boasting funky, edgy and arty decor that’s entirely unique and very imaginative. And you’d expect nothing less when you discover that this hotel is owned by Sir Terence Conran, himself a design legend. At the top is its Rooftop Bar & Grill, within a glass extension that enables far-reaching views as you dine, whatever the weather.
Mondrian London Shoreditch
Any search on “London” and “rooftop pool” is certain to uncover the Mondrian; home to what is arguably the most Instagrammable water feature in town. The pool deck, with its overhanging lights, fantastic views and adjoining restaurant (Laurel’s On The Roof) feels more like you’ve arrived in Barcelona than Britain. Internationally lauded chef Dani García brings guests a fantastic alfresco menu showcasing local suppliers, as well as overseeing Christina’s, the all-day café and drinks venue with a feature copper bar. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, pop to the wellness centre for treatments by VOYA, OTO CBD, Natura Bissé and Lola’s Apothecary.
Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch
A striking, almost Brutalist exterior welcomes those arriving at the Japanese hotel group’s East London home. The Asian influence is strong in the minimal and at times futuristic, Tokyo-like decor, that’s mixed with contemporary European style. Below ground is the restaurant, club, access to a garden, sushi and whisky bars, where the DJs play cool beats – this is certainly a place to be seen. And while rocking a grown-up feel, Nobu is welcoming to kids, providing them with a gift pack on arrival. Guests can also spend time in the hotel’s Pilates studio, relaxing in the treatment rooms and breaking a sweat in the Technogym.
The Hoxton Shoreditch
This was the first ever Hoxton hotel to be launched, landing in Shoreditch in 2006, at a point when the district was beginning to emerge as one of the hippest haunts in the capital. Beyond the brick and glass exterior is the kind of decor that typifies modern East London; a blend of urban, industrial and retro chic. There are 210 bedrooms with design features like parquet floors, accent headboards, distressed-effect rugs, leather Chesterfield wingback armchairs and backlit mirrors. Guests can hang out in the rooftop restaurant and bar, on a lounging sofa by the fire in the lobby, or at the Hoxton Grill.
Hart Shoreditch Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Curio Collection hotel is named after the owner of a carpenter’s cottage, the former occupant of this plot of land. But times have changed and in its humble place are fashionable bedrooms complete with roll-top baths, Marshall speakers, granite sinks and espresso makers. Digital nomads will love the work-friendly lobby, with ample USB outlets. Guests will be treated to tantalising tastes at the hotel’s restaurant, Mostrador, from world-renowned Argentinian chef and restaurateur Fernando Trocca. Kids can order from their own menu here, followed by some adventuring around the capital with the hotel’s City of London family trail map.
Return to the splendour of the Georgian era at Batty Langley’s. 29 suites are inspired by 18th/19th-century life and notable characters of the ages. There are two lounges for guests’ use, one with an honesty bar (the epitome of fancy boutique London hospitality) providing a recipe book for cocktail making. Breakfast can be served in these, or in your room. This establishment is certainly a place to lounge in your room till late and order room service at any time of the day or night; Batty’s has a theatrical decadence about it, that’s made for minimooners.