Last Thursday I was invited to London by Mirabeau Wines and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair for an evening of art, pink wine and food at their supper club. It was a wonderful evening, chatting with fellow interiors addicts, talking to the artists and gallery owners and of course drinking delicious Mirabeau rosé wine.
That evening, after the event, I caught the Thames Clipper ferry from Woolwich, all the way through London to Bankside, and walked passed the Tate Modern, making my way to the newly opened The Hoxton in Southwark.
The Hoxton Southwark opened only a few months ago, and it has already put itself on the map of top places to hang in London. Just over the river, within walking distance to the Tate Modern and Waterloo Station, the 17 storey, modern brick building is in a great position to explore the South Bank.
The entrance has large Crittall-style doors larger planters filled with plants with place to sit outside and linger over coffee. Inside, the lobby and restaurant areas are warm and inviting. I arrived after 10pm, and the place was buzzing with a DJ and people sharing meals and drinks. All very cool.
Upstairs, on the first floor was my room. Named the ‘cosy’ it is in the middle of the price bracket of rooms, with windows that looked out over the street and views of the Shard.
Instantly I felt at home. What I love about The Hoxton, and in particularly the Southwark hotel, is that it really feels like a home away from home. A far cry from the normal stark impersonal generic hotel rooms that you so often find.
The Hoxton Southwark has 192 rooms varying in size from the compact Shoebox for solo trips (from £100) to the Biggy with views towards the river (from £240). I stayed in a Cosy room (from £155), which felt really generous for a London hotel room. A small table and chairs to relax in and work, a queen size bed and plenty of room to move around without feeling uncomfortable.
I adored my bedroom, the decor cleverly combines elements of industrial urban living with a cosy country hotel. Wooden panelled walls, velvet headboard, brass details and a concrete ceiling all effortless fit together, with a feeling of comfort and luxury. The brass lighting beside the bed is beautiful – I wanted to lift the room up and put it in my house!
Breakfast arrives to the room in a paper bag, a cinnamon roll, an apple and bottle of OJ. Perfect to lie back and enjoy that bed, before dressing and heading downstairs. With late check-out at 12pm, I really didn’t want to leave this cosy setting and inviting bed. I took every minute I could enjoying the space and lounging around taking photos!
Checking out, I spent a while in the lobby, drink coffee from the Albie cafe. Taking in the space, now there was less people in there, apart from the people busy working from their laptops or having meetings.
The lobby is beautiful, as you would imagine – exposed brick walls, a concrete ceiling, with more retro details and quirky finds. Even though the ceilings are tall, and the space is grand and imposing, there’s a feeling of hushed quietness thanks to dimmed lighting and soft velvet sofas and chairs.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there. And I know I will definitely be back. With the Southwark location being a perfect place to base oneself on future business trips to London.
The Hoxton, Southwark
40 Blackfriars Road,
London SE1 8PB
Book your stay: thehoxton.com/london/southwark/hotels
Collaboration Note: Thank you to The Hoxton for letting me stay at the Southwark for the purpose of this review. All words, thoughts and images are my own. Thank you for supporting these blog posts.