The best gay-friendly hotels in Shoreditch, London

The best gay-friendly hotels in Shoreditch, London

Without a doubt London’s trendiest district, Shoreditch has the hotels to match. Beside incredible works of graffiti – added legally and not so legally – on the historic brown brick warehouses synonymous with the East End area, you’ll discover a handful of hotels that portray the British capital at its contemporary best. Forget ‘ye olde England’ of Shakespeare, Shoreditch is a vibrant modern hub of galleries, theatres, and nightlife. In short, Shoreditch is London bringing its twenty-first-century A-game. We round up the best gay-friendly hotels in Shoreditch.

Nowhere demonstrates this better than Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, perfectly situated just ten minutes’ walk from the area’s main transport hub, Old Street Station, and from Brick Lane, one of the best places to get Bengali food outside of the Indian subcontinent. But practicalities aside, the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch has styled its rooms with inspiration as thematically diverse as the UK punk scene or the vintage gear for sale at Brick Lane Market. Its shared spaces, including a juice bar and basement bar, carry off their industrial chic stylings with a rare grace. When it comes to central Shoreditch locations, you can’t get much better than M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City. A stunning structure both inside and out, it’s situated directly on the Silicon Roundabout (London’s answer to Silicon Valley), meaning you’re only a couple of minutes from the overground and underground trains of Old Street Station, and the hip nightspots of Hoxton Square. There are sublime views of the ever-changing London skyline from its indulgently-decorated rooms, and an overall style that manages to say ‘British’ without reverting to cliché.

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Nobu Shoreditch’s sleek rooms have left no stone unturned in the search for perfection, combining just the right amount of comfort and trend-setting looks

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Just as well-located is Redchurch Townhouse, part of the Soho House group. Promising world-class service, the rooms feature a style that is a little more homely than what you’ll find at M by Montcalm; however, that’s not to say that its Victorian roll-top baths and early twentieth-century furnishings don’t have elegance and charm. Far from it, they help to create an ambience that feels so much like a home you may never want to leave to explore the rest of what Shoreditch has to offer. If Redchurch Townhouse screams ‘homely welcome’, Nobu Shoreditch is shouting ‘out-of-this-world amazing’ through a megaphone. It’s clear from the moment you step through the main entrance that every little detail here has been considered to the fullest. Not only does its ultra-modern architecture blend effortlessly with the older structures around it, but its sleek rooms have left no stone unturned in the search for perfection, combining just the right amount of comfort and trend-setting looks.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Understanding that time away hardly ever means time away from the office, guests at The Curtain have access to a co-working space, as well as the standard treats of a five-star hotel, such as a gym and small heated pool. There are also the more unusual – including the hotel’s very own signature blend of herbal tea. You’ll fall for the eclectic mix of furniture, which adorns rooms in such a subtle way they stop looking eclectic and begin feeling perfectly ordinary instead. Period pieces are also all the rage at Batty Langley’s, where each bespoke room design is more reminiscent of a gentlemen’s club or a stately home than a traditional hotel suite. Heavy silk curtains dress the windows, while the rich browns of leather and woodwork are never far away. And for that stately home feeling, guests can have their breakfast in the privacy of their own room, while an honesty bar means you’ll feel satiated whatever time of day or night.

Shoreditch Public Art | Photo: Toa Heftiba

Shoreditch Public Art | Photo: Daniel Van Den Berg

An incredible eye for design and a quirkiness that can only be described as ‘uniquely British’ are showcased at citizenM London Shoreditch

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The roaring fires of The Hoxton can’t hide its contemporary credentials, which include complimentary calls to the US, Australia, and Europe, DAB digital radios, coffee machines, and (for the more old fashioned among us) free daily newspapers. The covered courtyard provides the feeling of being outside without risking the worst of the British weather, while the parquet flooring, leather armchairs, and other impressive room features will have you enraptured. An incredible eye for design and quirkiness that can only be described as ‘uniquely British’ are showcased at citizenM London Shoreditch. Offering guests boutique rooms that tick all the boxes, you can sleep in a comfy king-size bed before enjoying a rain shower or one of many complimentary films. The Shoreditch Inn, meanwhile, aims to provide those on a budget with the sort of central London postcode they usually don’t have access to. The simply-furnished rooms are still very stylish – and their soundproofing means that you can forget any worries about noisy budget accommodation. Lastly, the apartments at Bold Shoreditch Suites by Sonder come complete with a fully kitted-out kitchenette, dining area, and soft seating, giving you the freedom to do as you please during your stay in Shoreditch without missing out on the style aesthetic that the area is renowned for.

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