I travel to London quite often. I’ve always struggled to find somewhere decent to stay. Somewhere affordable, in a decent location, with a bit of soul. There’s nothing worse than being cooped up in a Holiday Inn Express when you’re on your own. It can break your heart.
However, thanks to twitter, I won’t have this worry ever again. Knowing that we’d be going down in mid-October I sent out a tweet asking for recomendations for somewhere to stay. I got a few replies back and we had a look. The Hoxton grabbed our eye, we liked the look & feel of the website. It was sassy, stylish, with a bit of attitude. I like that. So we booked.
Only a five minute walk from Old Street tube station, the hotel was buzzing when we arrived at 10pm on Friday night. It’s also a stylish bar & restaurant, and clearly one of the more popular venues in Shoreditch of an evening. We checked in and headed back down to join the throng in the bar. A few minutes later we were holed up in the corner with a bottle of champagne. A nice way to start the weekend.
The Hoxton is stylish but un-pretentious. The staff were young, friendly, & looked as good as the hotel. This place kicked ass. There were nice touches everywhere, from the computers for hotel guests (a suite of Mac’s & iPad’s!) to the little notices around the hotel that didn’t take themselves too seriously but still got their point across.
The Hoxton Grill is the name of the restaurant at the hotel. In the morning it serves a mean breakfast, but they make it very clear that this isn’t gonna be a £20 London rip-off. There’s a great selection, from porridge at £4 (it was fantastic, with pumpkin seeds & honey!) to a bacon bap for £6, to the Full English for £10. And tea & coffee came included, as many cups as you could take.
The decor and music in the restaurant complimented the hotel and added to the feel of a very chilled-out, funky, Urban Lodge (as they call it). And at £140 a night for a double room, it was bloody good value. I’ve now found my London base & can’t wait to go back!