Barefaced Editor, Claire Gratzke, played celebrity for one day and night
in private members hotel Shotreditch House…
Occupying the top three floors of an otherwise nondescript warehouse building that our taxi driver didn’t even know how to find, Shoreditch House is an exclusive members only club that offers celebrities, jet-setters and London’s high flyers a chance to unwind in complete comfort and privacy. As I am sadly not a member or celebrity just yet, it’s safe to say I was pretty excited when I was invited to stay with a guest.
The ground floor reception area is marked by a modern design and soft lighting, perfect for the bleary-eyed rock stars to stumble in and elevate to the fourth floor, a cavernous private party space large enough to accommodate 150 people and its own cinema and bowling alley.
The bedrooms are in contrast a haven of tranquility with luxurious fluffy robes and slippers, the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in and all the technology you could need, from a flatscreen tv, free wireless and ipod docks with digital radios in every room. Decorated in calming neutral tones and white wood panelling, it feels more like being in a French country house retreat than in the middle of gritty East London. Then there’s the bathroom with a huge monsoon shower you could happily spend the whole evening in, fully stocked with yummy Cowshed treats for the ultimate pampering session.
After chilling out in our room, we headed to the über-trendy bar where a casually cool and friendly staff member led us to a private seated area. Stumped by the extensive cocktail menu, we followed our bartender’s recommendation and went for a ginger infused concoction. Unfortunately the ginger was far too strong for my liking – which my face struggled to hide – so the barman very generously offered to make me an utterly delicious mojito instead.
As it was a warm and pleasant night, we headed up to the very top floor and sat by the pool. The incredible view over busy London down below and the stars above reflecting on the water really made this the hotel‘s highlight in my eyes.
Shoreditch House is an amazing place to stay – the trendy location, relaxed vibe and service could not be better. As for it being a members only hotel, I say if you can afford the membership fee, then this is definitely worth the investment.