I’ve been to London many times but, for some reason, never made it to into Shorditch.
For those who haven’t been either, it’s a trendy and cultural neighbourhood in East London with plenty going on.
My fiancé and I were booked into Redchurch Townhouse, a 37-bed townhouse hotel with décor inspired by 1950s and 1970’s design, which is located in the perfect spot for pretty much everything you could want.
Old Street Underground Station was the nearest stop to the hotel, followed by a short walk taking in some of the sights, sounds and smells of our East End surroundings. There was plenty to feast our eyes on.
As we arrived for check in, we were greeted by two pleasant and smiley members of staff, who presented us with cans of ice-cold water – just what we needed on a blistering hot day – and showed us down a corridor to our room.
We were booked into one of the “Big” rooms and the door opened to reveal the most incredible interior.
A plush mink sofa sat proudly in our characterful room, which had rustic flooring, jute rugs, a distressed coffee table, and retro lamps and decor throughout, with all the mod cons and amenities you could need.
The stunning bathroom, which featured a “rainforest shower”, was filled with every toiletry imaginable. They really had thought of everything – even hair straighteners were provided in the room.
After swooning over our surroundings, we headed out for a day in Shoreditch.
Nearby Boxpark (“the world’s first pop-up mall” made of refitted shipping containers) was first on the list to sample some of its street food offering, which is a must.
Then we spent the afternoon wandering the streets and getting acquainted – there’s plenty of quirky shops to keep you occupied and we spent the afternoon drinking wine in a bikers’ bar and another bar we’d found off the beaten track, as well as scouting out places for drinks that evening.
We were booked into Cecconi’s Shoreditch restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel for dinner. We would also be eating breakfast here the next morning.
So after a relaxing shower, making use of the aptly named Cowshed products (Lazy C** was a particular favourite) we headed out for dinner.
I opted for the lobster spaghetti and my partner ordered the beef fillet. The food was incredible. It’s no surprise the restaurant is famed for its delicious lobster spaghetti.
The restaurant was busy but our waitress kept our wine topped up throughout the evening and the atmosphere and surroundings were just idyllic.
After heading out for a night of entertainment at a nearby bar, we had the comfiest night’s sleep snuggled into the goose-down duvets and pillows provided and finished our stay with a tasty breakfast to set us up for the day.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect base for our first visit to Shoreditch.
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Sophie Kitching was a guest at Redchurch Townhouse.