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Conveniently located in Shoreditch, the heart of London’s creative epicentre, The Courthouse Shoreditch Hotel offers a unique hotel stay with a bustling atmosphere on its doorstep. The hotel enhances the rich criminal past of this Grade II Baroque building, with a nod to the trendy Shoreditch surroundings, through our contemporary furnishings and flair. Perfect for guests searching for a new, interesting experience with the additional luxury of a 5 star hotel, delivered by friendly and helpful staff.
Finished in 1905, the building’s original purpose as The Old Street Magistrates Court and Police Station was fulfilled until the late 1990’s. Throughout its operation, it was responsible for the sentencing and holding of many notorious criminals. The most notable inmates were the high-profile Kray twins, the infamous mobsters, who stood trial for “demanding money through menaces” and were eventually sentenced to life imprisonment in 1969. Another interesting addition is the holding of Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Oswell, the author of “1984” and “Animal Farm”, at the police station. Its fame was not over when it closed its doors, however, as it was used as a filming location for productions such as “Spooks” and “Luther”, before becoming the home of The Courthouse Shoreditch Hotel in 2016.
The £40 million renovation not only resulted in the high-end hotel, with a wide variety of rooms, dining and experiences, but worked to enhance the timeless grandeur of the historically significant site. Iconic features are embraced throughout the hotel, such as the original wood-panelled juvenile courtroom providing the sophisticated atmosphere of the exclusive members bar, home to the original stained glass oval windows, which only add to the luxurious splendour of the hotel. Potentially the most intriguing aspect of our creatively contemporary transformation, is the conversion of a few former prison holding cells into private dining booths inside the quirky Jailhouse Bar, complete with graffiti-style murals of the convicts and leather booth seating. This modish venue encompasses the lively Shoreditch culture and the hotel’s rich criminal past, producing a relaxed daytime lounge before transforming into an innovative and delicious hub for post-work cocktails.
The Courthouse Shoreditch Hotel’s 86 guest rooms and 42 suites, each individually designed with stylish furnishings and accented with the hotel’s overall unique aesthetic, offer a wide variety to accommodate for all requirements and preferences. Ranging from the sleek Dalston King, with spacious en suites, to the epitome of modern comfort: the Shoreditch Sky Terrace Suite, complete with stunning views overlooking the artistic, youthful vibe of Shoreditch’s Old Street. In regards to accessibility, the hotel entrance on Hoxton Street allows for wheelchair access, and the lift service goes to all floors. The hotel itself offers six accessible rooms. Also significant is the hotel’s family friendly aspect, with the Hoxton Family Suite allowing for some relaxing, quality family time. The consideration of larger families has also resulted in the availability of extra beds and free cots, in order to deliver a tailored experience to every guest’s needs.
The hotel is home to a 196-seat cinema, indoor swimming pool, top of the line spa, and a two-lane bowling alley perfect for private hire and events.This provides guests of all ages an entertainment-filled hotel experience, before even leaving the doorstep to explore all the trendy offerings of Shoreditch itself. After working up an appetite, Judge and Jury, the renovated courtroom restaurant, offers refined British comfort food classics in a sophisticated ambience rich with its historical significance. Or you could indulge in some modern lighter bites, alongside a cocktail or two, whilst taking in the panoramic views overlooking the City of London skylines in the Upper 5th Shoreditch terrace bar and restaurant.
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