In the heart of Shoreditch, the Ace Hotel is the king of hipster hangouts. The light, airy guestrooms are the perfect place to relax or host an impromptu afterparty; expect vintage furniture and hip extras like turntables (in some guestrooms) and Martin guitars. The spacious rooms also come with handmade quilts by APC and Rudy’s Barbershop toiletries. Public areas include the steel-walled chill-out lobby, bar and Bulldog Edition gastro café, as well as Miranda, the intimate basement club. The Hoi Polloi restaurant, which serves dishes made with seasonal produce, and the Lovage juice kitchen are also on hand for a post-party pick-me-up.
In the area
Shoreditch has everything from vintage clothes shops to microbreweries and is one of London’s biggest creative hubs. Rivington Street is great for Asian food and local craft beers, and the Boxpark
, a pop-up mall featuring food, fashion and gallery space, is within walking distance. Top local eateries include Hawksmoor Spitalfields
, renowned for its delcious steaks, and Les Trois Garçons
, a kooky restaurant crammed full of antiques and taxidermy. You can also visit nearby Brick Lane Market for vintage finds, or sample a cocktail at the Big Chill Bar
, which regularly hosts club nights and events. The West End (for theaters and shopping) is a 20-minute bus or tube ride away.