Two weeks ago, I spent the loveliest staycation in London’s trendy Shoreditch and was kindly hosted by the Shoreditch branch of the Point A Hotels mini chain.
The ethos of the Point A Hotels brand is to offer you everything you might need, but nothing you don’t. The rooms are small, but still spacious enough, and offer all the essentials from a hairdryer and towels to plenty of charging points and a big TV. Their main selling point, however, is the location.
The Shoreditch hotel is based on a quiet street (which means you’re in for a good night’s sleep!), but it’s still within a 5-10 minutes away by foot from most points of interest, of which there are *many* here!
I’ve added a few more tidbits and photos of the hotel, as well as a mini guide to the Shoreditch area, below – hope you enjoy reading!
Check-in starts at 3 pm, but you can go earlier to fill in all the forms and leave your bag in storage. The room key comes in a nifty little folded map of the local area with a list of places that’ll give you a little discount if you show them the key. Also, if you join their A-list club (free of charge), you can get free access to a local gym, too, as well as 10% off the room rate!
The lobby at the Shoreditch Point A Hotel is really modern and light with its big sky windows and high ceilings. There are also lots of cool little touches such as a touch screen with locals maps and other information and cosy little pods for working or just hanging out in (see photos below!). One small thing I noticed which made a big difference, was the number of plug sockets everywhere – as someone who’s always in need of a battery charge, I really appreciated this!
I *loved* our room! Although it was on the smaller side, it didn’t feel cramped at all – on the contrary, the room was really light, compact and modern!
My favourite thing about the room were the big windows and the lovely city views. The window sill was wide enough to sit on, and it was just my favourite place to climb onto and look at the world go by. It was even more impressive at night with ALL the lights shining back at you!
Pretty great views to wake up to!
Point A Hotel Shoreditch serves a tasty continental breakfast every day, which includes things like pastries, yogurts, fruits (served in cute little glass jars), juices, hot drinks & different cereals. The breakfast is not included in the set room rate, but you can add it for just £9.00 at the booking stage or at any point during your stay.
I really enjoyed the little breakfast spread I built for myself: cinnamon swirl pastry, granola with milk & raisins and a little jar of juicy pineapple chunks. There were so many other things that I wanted to try, too, but I get full so easily that I sadly couldn’t fit any more in. All the pastries particularly looked *so* good – especially the croissants and the little savoury cheese twists!
The only thing I would note is that there weren’t that many options if you were vegan or dairy intolerant – I didn’t see any signs for plant milk or yogurt alternatives. That said, the customer service here was fantastic and super friendly, so it’s always worth checking with them if you’re planning a visit!
My friend Alex had the pesto and sundried tomato pastry & a jar of watermelon chunks and really enjoyed both. I had a little taste from the pesto pastry, too, and it was so good!
I love Shoreditch – especially during the day, because there’s so much to explore from amazing street art and architecture to trendy little cafes, historic pubs and innovative restaurants. Here are a few of my favourite places and things to do:
Street art tour – As you can see from a few of the photos, Shoreditch is very colourful and has lots of really cool street art! There are plenty of companies offering guided walking tours, such as this one, or you could do a self-guided tour if you wanna go at your own pace.
Boxpark – Shoreditch is the place to go if you want to eat good street food, and Boxpark is definitely a good place to start. It’s a bit loud and busy on the weekends, but worth it for all the yummy food! My favourites are What the Pitta, a vegan kebab place, and Soft Serve Society, the yummiest soft serve ice cream in London.
Dinerama – More street food! This place is so cool – it’s basically a massive market filled with amazing pop up restaurants and bars. My favourite is Club Mexicana – their vegan tacos and burritos are AMAZING!
The Three Crowns pub – A beautiful historic pub just a few minutes from the Old Street station with a massive gin and tonic menu – a must visit!
The Old Blue Last pub – My favourite pub in Shoreditch and a legendary gig venue that’s seen many greats, such as Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine in its time.
Brick Lane – The famous street market full of vintage shops, street food stalls and market stalls selling clothes and jewellery. Make sure to visit Mooshies for lunch – they do amazing vegan burgers.
Passo – A really cool Italian restaurant with scandi style wooden decor and really, really good pizzas. You can read my longer review of it here.
The Book Club – Great place for cocktails in the evening, but the Book Club is so much more than that – it’s a place for brunching, exhibitions and events, such as 90s nights, panel talks and spoken word nights. But don’t get me wrong – the cocktails are fabulous too..!