I love to travel, of course, but hate actually travelling so nothing feels more unnecessarily, extravagantly brilliant than a staycation, especially when London is your hometown. Last weekend, for CT’s birthday, we took a short Overground ride to unfamiliar Shoreditch and felt like we’d ventured to another city entirely. The freshly-falling snow only added to our little game.
We stayed at the Hoxton hotel, which you’ve probably heard of for it’s famous £1 room sales (edit: these sales are now defunct, sorry!). One of London’s coolest hotels, the reception/bar area was buzzing with both locals and out-of-towners when we checked-in. It’s popularity isn’t surprising really: the hotel boasts live gigs and DJs, an art gallery, free yoga classes, ping pong tables, a retro photobooth, and a whole host of other fun things to do.
Décor is modern and industrial with brilliant attention to detail. Our carpet doubled as a map of the local area while the headboard was an illustration of the well-known 24/7 bagel shop situated round the corner. Rooms are compact but stylish, comfortable and excellent value for money. The earlier in advance you book the cheaper it is and prices start at a very reasonable £69 (which includes free wifi and a healthy breakfast bag). We’re already trying to think of an excuse for a return visit.The Hoxton hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU (nearest tube: Old Street)
Disclosure: we were guests of the Hoxton but, as always, all opinions are honest.