Last week we went to London (to see Sun Kil Moon at St John at Hackney church - most amazing gig venue ever). A little at the last minute, we booked a room atShoreditch House, part of Soho House group - a super cool members club. I've previously been to sister venue High Road House in Chiswick but I'm more a fan of east London than west, so was excited to see the hotel. Because of the members club tag, the hotel immediately has that level of cachet when you walk in. Everyone is beautiful and well dressed and looks important. (source)
When you enter the hotel, through the unmarked entrance I might add - the lobby is dark and comfortable. There was a Christmas tree up when we visited, so it didn't quite look like the image above. The hotel lobby shares a reception area with the restaurant and bar areas and because there is a no phone policy upstairs in the club, it was pretty busy with people making calls. There were also a couple of celebs hanging around but I don't feel like I can divulge on that point in fear of being shot or something. Such is the shroud of mystery and exclusivity that surrounds Shoreditch House. Did I mention the list of rules we got given on arrival?
To make up for not taking pictures elsewhere, I went a bit crazy taking photos when we got to our room. We stayed in a Small+ room which is actually the largest they offer, but still cosy considering the cost and the calibre of guest I presume they accommodate. It had a balcony and a pretty amazing view of the City. Shame that it was absolutely miserable weather so other than posing with a coffee, I didn't venture out on to the balcony at all.
I always love a hotel that little bit more if they have Cowshed products (and in an ideal world a Cowshed spa too, which Shoreditch House does indeed have).
Here are some more professional photos that I pinched from their website...
After reading reviews prior to our visit saying service was 'surly', I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly everyone was. But the main selling point of the hotel is the gorgeous decor. I'm always inspired by nice hotels and want to copy everything in our own place, but this time round I am determined to recreate the Shoreditch House shabby chic look. Luckily for all of us they have abook helping us ordinary folk to get the look.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the hotel if you've stayed at Shoreditch House, or your recommendations for which hotel we should try next time we're in the capital.