Worldhotels has announced the addition of two distinct landmark hotels in London into its global network of independent properties. Courthouse Hotel London and Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch are slated to become two of the city’s most novel and visually arresting hotels. Once serving as magistrate’s courts, the rich, colourful and infamous histories of the hotels are preserved and are now complemented by the grandeur of the hotels’ overall architecture and style – providing guests with a modern-day spin to the typical hotel stay.
Courthouse Hotel London
Perfectly situated where Mayfair, Soho and the West End of London converge, the 116 rooms of Courthouse Hotel London are poised to become the city’s ideal base, catering to both international and domestic travellers. Remnants of the magistrate’s court are still visible in the hotel today – with actual prison cell blocks retained and proudly featured at The BAR. The Waiting Room where individuals gathered before entering the courtroom is pristinely conserved and has seen celebrities from the likes of John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards pass through those exact same doors.
For dining options, guests can head down to The Carnaby Brasserie, which is available for all-day meals, grills and offers the most quintessential of British afternoon teas. Also located on the premises of the hotel is the hidden rooftop bar, Soho Sky Terrace which allows guests to enjoy a drink or two away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel boasts of one of London’s largest private movie theatres, capable of holding an audience size of 100 and comes equipped with luxe leather seats, individual armrests and fold-out tables. Guests can also indulge in Sanook Spa, which features a heated indoor pool, relaxation room, sauna and gym.
Room rates at a Classic Double Room starts from £199 per night.
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
Although the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch was only recently opened on 1 May 2016, the boutique property is quickly gaining popularity as being one of Shoreditch’s trendiest and most stylish. The Grade II Baroque-styled building houses 128 rooms and suites that once served as the Old Street Magistrate’s Court and Police Station from 1903 – 1996. Even after the closure of the Court’s doors in 1996, the premises remained as a sought after filming location – featuring everything from Spooks to Luther. Infamous British gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who were best known for their organised crime in the 50s and 60s, were also once detained here. Today, the hotel has retained and restored many impressive period pieces and these works can be found scattered across the entire property, offering a truly unique and stirring stay for all guests.
Following in the footsteps of their sister property, the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch too boasts a private cinema but one with almost twice as many seats and even features a two-lane bowling alley. A restaurant is set in the former main courtroom while another ex-courtroom is now ultra-exclusive, members only bar. The Shoreditch Sky Terrace Bar, offers guests a rooftop escape and is especially popular during the summer months. The hotel’s highlight can be found at the main bar, which features three original detention cells that can be booked for private groups who wish to blend mild intoxication with the experience of solitary confinement.
Room rates at a Dalston King Room starts from £199 per night.
“Both Courthouse Hotel London and Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch possess distinctive architectures and colourful histories that embodies Worldhotels’ commitment to celebrating authentic hotels and truly unique stays,” says Worldhotels Executive Vice President Asia Pacific, Roland Jegge. “Every day at Worldhotels, there is certainly something somewhere, just waiting to please and gratify all discerning and audacious travellers.”