The Hoxton has gone through quite the expansion recently. They’ve opened hotels in Amsterdam and Paris, Brooklyn is on its way and they’ve just started building works on Blackfriars Bridge Road in Southwark. Their original, in Shoreditch, has been sitting pretty since 2006.
On our Friday night stay the foyer is pumping; there’s loud music and quite the jolly atmosphere. Our “Cosy” room is small but perfectly formed and from the king sized-bed there are views of the Shard in the distance which is lovely.
The little touches are nice to see; the Robert’s radio is playing when we arrive, included in the rate is ‘breakfast in a bag’, hung on the door in the morning, and the mini bar isn’t astronomical.
Ours is a disabled friendly room so our generous walk-in shower has a seat and all the handrails you’d need. It’s the perfect one-nighter room.
For breakfast, we take advantage of the ground floor restaurant, Hoxton Grill, which is run by Soho House. An obligatory avocado on toast (£8) is probably the best you’ll find in London. And haters: what’s your problem? Avocado is the best thing in the world!
Ribbons of thickly sliced Wye smoked salmon (£9) ensure we don’t leave hungry – there’s masses of the stuff. The accompanying scrambled eggs are bright yellow, the sign of quality eggs, and have an almost omelette like consistency, with a firm outside and gooey innards. Very good indeed.
A side of bacon (£3) is both crisp and plentiful. It’s thick cut too meaning there is texture and it doesn’t disintegrate in your mouth.
Feeling adventurous, we share the hemp seed and chia pudding (£7), a blend of hemp seed milk (I’ve no idea), cherries, coconut and bee pollen. It’s sweet, which we like, but I’m not sure hemp seed will ever entirely be my thing.
The Hoxton might be a super trendy spot full of super trendy people but it’s nice to see the staff are all sweet and charming and not in the least bit pretentious. If I was visiting London for a few days this is exactly the sort of hotel I’d be looking for.
Would we go back? Yes.