At last – I made it out of Milton Keynes and ventured somewhere new!
On 28 May Darryl and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We had planned to visit Morocco for five nights but unfortunately the pandemic once again had other ideas.
Instead, we booked ourselves one night at The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch London, for 48-hours of all we could eat, drink and see on foot.
Introducing The Hoxton Hotel
The hotel is situated close to Liverpool Street and Old Street Underground stations, right in the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch.
After hopping off the Underground, we made our way there and we were welcomed by the most gorgeous lobby area.
With reception on your left and The Hoxton Grill on your right, plus tons of comfy seating and bookshelves in-between, stepping into this hotel felt like an American dream instead of somewhere just 30-minutes by train from home.
Our Cosy Double Room
If you know London (or most cities) then you know hotel rooms aren’t too generous in size. Whilst our cosy double room was a little small, it was far bigger than I expected!
We had no view as such, but we had a huge bed with the most incredible bedding I’ve ever slept in, tea and coffee facilities, a small desk, a gigantic circular back-lit mirror, a retro radio playing as we entered, beautiful wooden flooring, and a dark but sparkling bathroom complete with a rain shower.
Now I’m home, I just need to find out where The Hoxton Hotel got those silky sheets and marshmallow pillows from…
Dining and Drinking at The Hoxton
The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch houses a Chicago-inspired grill and bar. We didn’t eat here, but we did order a couple of cocktails to end our anniversary.
At £25 for two drinks (I forgot about London’s added service charge!) they didn’t come cheap, but I loved my Negroni and Darryl enjoyed something with vodka, which apparently was delicious.
The Hoxton Grill was a real hub with a buzzing atmosphere at all hours of the day, but especially after sundown.
That said, the real hidden gem for me was Maya.
A brand-new rooftop restaurant by Soho House, Maya is the place to go if you love Mexican cuisine.
The restaurant stretches across a large indoor seating area, lined with windows that let in plenty of fresh air on a warm day, leading onto an outdoor terrace with views spanning over the city below.
The decor is absolutely stunning, featuring terracotta pots, an array of tassled cushions, huge banana plants and palms dancing in the breeze, mustard yellow sofas, solid wood furniture, orange tiled flooring, and stunning woven lampshades.
If I could design my house like anything, it would be Maya. I just need to live in Mexico first as we don’t have the climate to match!
We each ordered a tequila based drink, and I’ll say without hesitation that my spicy margarita – made from scratch at the beautiful bar – was the best beverage I have ever tasted. Sweetened with apple but holding the spice of the jalapenos, it was honestly divine.
Onto the food!
We had only recently inhaled a breakfast bagel each, so opted for a light lunch. Darryl ordered the chicken tinga tacos and I ordered the cod tacos. The food was incredibly fresh, exploding with so many flavours, and tasted just like the tacos we’d enjoyed in Mexico a few years before.
The restaurant very kindly served us complimentary chocolate cake with passionfruit sorbet to celebrate our anniversary, which slipped down a treat with a side of Margs.
We can’t thank the staff enough for their service, which was outstanding from start to finish.
The bill came in at £56 with service charge, which did seem high for what were quite small portions, but I would absolutely go back and sample the rest of the menu next time I’m in Shoreditch. I wish we’d ordered the fresh guac and tortilla chips too!
Seriously, if you like tequila or tacos, you need to go to Maya immediately.
Our stay at The Hoxton
It was short but very sweet. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Hoxton Hotel!
Now I’m dying to visit one of their other hotels – as they’ve got others in London, plus locations in Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, LA, Chicago, Portland and Williamsburg.
Have you stayed at any Hoxton hotels before? Where would you suggest I stay next?