Ace Hotel Shoreditch
100 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch
On any given weekday, the lobby here is packed with freelancers perched on every couch and communal table in the sprawling, lo-fi industrial space. It makes sense that this would be one of the area's main hubs of activity: There's wifi on tap, a coffee and snack bar, cold-pressed juices out the door at the hotel's own juice and mylk bar, and a small but well selected menu of breakfast and lunch items from the hotel restaurant, Hoi Polloi. Meanwhile, upstairs, the rooms, designed by Barber & Osgerby's Universal Design Studio, are decked out in vintage furniture with a slightly industrial edge. Slightly spare, they're planned for city travellers who plan to spend more time exploring the city than indoors. Photo: Andrew Meredith
Ebor St., Shoreditch
The Shoreditch House has everything we've come to expect from Nick Jones' empire: modern yet comfortable interiors, 26 small but well-executed guest rooms, a killer gym (including the first Flywheel in Europe), and social spaces that transition seamlessly from work to play (in addition to the library and restaurant, there's a workspace with desks that become ping pong tables at night). The crown jewel of the Shoreditch location is the rooftop pool (unheard of in London), which is heated year-round and plays host to an animated bar scene in the evenings.
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