After the craziness of London Fashion Week, I was invited to spend a night in Threadneedles Hotel, a 5 star boutique hotel in the City – an offer I definitely couldn’t say no to. I definitely needed a break, so why not enjoy a little break in my own city? A mini-staycation, if you will.
The hotel, housed in a former 19th century Banking Hall on Threadneedle Street (what are the odds?), has kept its historic exterior and still boasts many of the Victorian features on the inside too – but with a contemporary twist: the beautiful original glass dome hangs proudly above the lobby, the Bonds bar is set in the old bank vaults. The classic vs old theme is everywhere in the hotel, including the rooms.
I was treated to a lovely room – the Shackleton Suite – which has a separate lounge, huge bathroom and a heavenly soft, soft bed. The decor is mostly classic, but it’s the modern details that really make it: iPod speakers, Plasma TV’s, complimentary internet, contemporary artworks, gorgeous toiletries and much more. One of my favourite things were the complimentary “In Residence” business cards, something I’ve never seen before.
Sure, the hotel probably caters mostly to business types considering its location, but on the weekends, when the City is practically dead, this makes it the perfect base to explore East London from. As the local shops are mostly closed (sadly, as Lulu Guinness is just next door, but some of the lip bags are sold in the hotel) and there’s barely any traffic in the area, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover the local architecture – ranging from Victorian to the most contemporary, iconic buildings (the Gherkin is just a street or so away). It also only takes a few minutes to get to the lively Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Shoreditch area, which surely is the only place to be on the weekends. A handy little guide of things to do in the area during your stay is left in the room, which is a rather nice touch.
I ventured to trendy Pizza East to meet my friends and on my way there discovered buildings I’d never seen before – the City is truly amazing at night! After an evening of delicious pizzas (the Veal Meatball one is to die for, take my word for it), and too many drinks, the plush bed back in the hotel was a real godsend. The room service breakfast a few hours later possibly even more so.
Being a foreigner in London, I very often get asked by friends and family about good hotels to stay in when they’re in town, and the answer is always: I don’t know. London is the one city I never stay in hotels, so I don’t have a clue. Having spent some time at Threadneedles (although I wish I could have stayed in that bed a bit longer), I’d more than happily recommend it. For business travelers it’s an obvious choice, but I also think it’s a great base to be for weekend trippers wanting to explore different parts to London than just Oxford Street. The hotel is perfectly based within walking distance to not only Spitalfields, but also St. Pauls Cathedral, the Tate Modern and the new shopping centre One New Change. And with prices starting from £125 per night (excl.VAT), it sure is a much more luxurious alternative to the big chain hotels with similar prices.
5 Threadneedle Street
London EC2R 8AY
In and around the hotel…
Walking distance of Brick Lane, Shoreditch and the yummy Pizza East.
I was a guest of Threadneedles hotel. However, this did not influence my review.