London’s newest luxury boutique hotel Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch opened its doors on 1 May 2016, allowing guests to discover its eclectic criminal past. The former Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station boasts a rich history, as the very place where Ronnie and Reggie Kray were once detained.
The property is part of Worldhotels, the international group which currently offers 450 hotels in 250 destinations and 65 countries worldwide. The addition of the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch is part of the brand’s strategy of further expansion in Europe.
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has used its colourful past – the Grade II listed building served as the Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station from 1903 until 1996 – to create a truly one-of-a-kind hotel experience. Its impressive period features have been retained and restored whilst being complemented by equally arresting contemporary additions. Even after it closed its doors, it remained a much sought after filming location, featuring in everything from Spooks to Luther.
Located on Old Street in both the old and new wings are 86 guest rooms and 42 suites, each setting a benchmark for luxury accommodation in Shoreditch. The collection is spearheaded by the Shoreditch Sky Terrace Suites, two jaw-dropping one-bedroom residences spread out across 60 square metres of living space. Along with their panoramic London skyline views, each boast a private bar and mini cinema lounge.
The former Courtroom Number 1 now hosts the main casual fine dining restaurant whilst Courtroom Number 2 has been transformed into an ultra-exclusive members’ bar.
Providing a quirky setting in which to enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail, the main bar features three of the original detention cells, which can be booked for private groups for drinks for up to eight. The Shoreditch Sky Terrace bar meanwhile offers a spectacular spot in which to relax with a cocktail during the summer months.
Guests of Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch have access to the very finest facilities with the contemporary wing housing such state-of-the art offerings including a 196-seat cinema, a two-lane lane bowling alley with private bar and an events space capable of accommodating up to 900 people in a reception-style. The hotel boasts a luxury spa featuring a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, treatment rooms, steam room and sauna.