At the beginning of the year, we mentioned some hotels that were expected to open in 2015 and never did. One of them was the former magistrates’ court on Old Street – and it’s now finally open!
It took longer than expected but the Courthouse Shoreditch began taking bookings on May 1st 2016. Better late than never! It joins a sister hotel, also called Courthouse, on Carnaby Street, which was once a magistrates’ court.
The new luxury hotel was host (to put it politely) to notorious gangsters the Kray twins in the 1960s. Five of the listed building’s cells have been preserved and incorporated into the hotel bar.
If you fancy an evening in a cell (without being arrested), you can hire one of them for a night of drinking behind bars. The bar has a menu of cocktails with vaguely crime-related names, such as clink and slammer. Some might say they’re criminally bad names.
The hotel has transformed the two former court rooms into a restaurant and a private members’ club, where the jail cell bar is. In keeping with the courthouse theme, the restaurant has a “historical” concept. Plates will be handcuffed together, and the menu is sure to include some more criminal puns. There are three bars in the hotel in total, including one on the roof.
Taking a leaf out of Firmdale Hotels’ book, Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has a two lane bowling alley.
While bowling doesn’t exactly match the jailhouse theme, it is fun, and clearly the latest must-have in London’s hotels. A 196-seat screening room is another thing the hotel has in common with many of Firmdale’s hotels.
The 128-room hotel also has 11 event spaces, which can accommodate up to 800 people. It has a spa, pool and fitness suite for guests who want t relax or get active. In addition, it has a “dynamic social and working hub“.
Room rates start from £159 a night during the initial opening period, but they’ll be rising for the summer months. So grab your chance to test out the new hotel for less while you can.
Photo credits: Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch.