With a rooftop pool and garden, sultry bar, spa, games room and a restaurant with panoramic city views, Shoreditch House is achingly hip. As part of the Soho House group, it’s strictly speaking a members-only club – and only members can enter the premises. But what few people realise is hotels guests can access all of it – and for prices that are really quite reasonable. Rooms are on the small side but design-wise, they are chic, cosy and cool. The gym, steam room, sauna, yoga and dance classes are all top notch and the in-room dining menu includes of-the-moment options like green juice and quinoa with sweet potato, spinach and poached egg. Although it’s a magnet for bearded dudes and fashionistas (Shoreditch House members are overwhelmingly from creative circles), the property is in a killer location for business travellers – just down the road is Liverpool Street, one of the financial hubs of London. And even though it’s exclusory by nature, it’s not at all snooty: there’s an open, friendly vibe here, which also makes it great for the lone traveller.
Shoreditch is the ultimate in East London hipster-cool. Buildings are covered with impressive graffiti art; streets are frequented by pretty young things shooting scenes for music videos and indie films; and the eating, drinking and boutique shopping is all about independent owners rather than chain brands. Catch the overground train to Shoreditch High Street or, for the tube, get off at either Liverpool Street (five-minute walk) or Old Street (15-minute walk).
Shoreditch House | 1 Ebor Street | +44 20 7739 5040