A boutique hotel is nothing without a theme, and Shoreditch may have just earned itself another ‘London’s coolest’ badge with the imminent opening of the Courthouse Hotel, the former ‘old nick’ where the Kray twins were once locked up
Due to open on 1 June 2016, the former Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station on Old Street has undergone a £40 million renovation project so that you can drink a ‘Slammer’ in the very cells where Ronnie and Reggie Kray were once detained.
The old nick has been transformed from cramped, chilly cells and echoing court rooms into suites, restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, spa and luxury cinema. The Grade II-listed building, which served as the Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station from 1903 until 1996, housed the Magistrates’ Court where writer Joe Orton stood accused of stealing books from Islington library, and the Kray twins of demanding ‘money with menaces’. After its closure it became a sought-after film location, immortalised in the likes of Spooks and Luther.
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has retained and restored some impressive period features, complemented by equally arresting contemporary additions. The collection of 86 guest rooms and 42 suites is crowned by the Shoreditch Sky Terrace Suites, two one-bedroom residences spread out across 60 square metres of living space with panoramic London views, plus a private bar and mini cinema lounge each.
The former Courtroom Number 1 hosts the main casual fine dining restaurant while Courtroom Number 2 has been transformed into an exclusive members’ bar. The main bar incorporates five of the original cells, refurbished to provide an atmospheric setting for an expertly mixed cocktail. The Shoreditch Sky Terrace bar offers a spectacular spot for the summer months.
The Courthouse Hotel’s contemporary wing houses a state-of-the-art 196-seat cinema and equally modern two-lane bowling alley with private bar and an events space. The hotel’s luxury spa has a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, treatment rooms, steam room and sauna.
The Kray twins might not ave enjoyed their stay, but the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch is to become one of London’s most exciting places to work, rest and play.
335-337 Old Street, London EC1V 9LL; 020 3310 5555; shoreditch.courthouse-hotel.com