The Hoxton brand has a knack for opening exceptionally cool hotels in exceptionally cool locations. The UK-based brand’s first property opened in Shoreditch – the epicentre of ‘hipster’ London – in 2006. Amsterdam’s trendy De Negen Straatjes soon followed, with Williamsburg and Portland getting their own Hoxton hotels not long after.
Last year proved no exception, as the brand recently opened its third London outpost in Southwark – home to the Tate Modern, Borough Markets and countless trendy pubs, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
The Hoxton, Southwark (pronounced suth-erk, for those like me who need a little assistance with British pronunciations), fits seamlessly into the neighbourhood. And just a stone’s throw from the Thames, on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge, the hotel is a well-located option for visitors who want to explore some of London’s top tourist attractions.
As I walk through the hotel’s plant-lined entrance, I’m welcomed by the buzzy din of fellow hotel guests and visitors there enjoying the ambience in the open-plan reception/lobby/all-day restaurant. A combination of low-lighting, plush furniture in (expertly) clashing patterns and textiles, brass accents and more greenery creates the kind of atmosphere that instantly makes you forget about the dreary weather outside and compels you to stay in.
The restaurant, called Albie, offers a substantial breakfast menu to start your day with, and an Italian-inspired lunch and dinner menu to keep you going. The drinks list from morning to night is just as solid too, with an extensive coffee and juice offering to a range of wine and cocktails in the evening. Impressively, non-alcoholic cocktails and wines feature predominantly at Albie; ideal when you want a tipple sans the headache the next day!
The hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Seabird, offers a high-end seafood menu inspired by Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. Even if you’re not dining up there, it’s completely worth having a drink and admiring the breathtaking view of London from the 14th floor space.
The Hoxton’s considered design continues into the rooms, where there’s more bold colours, patterns and textiles to be found. Room types range from Shoebox to Biggy. Our Cosy room – the standard option – was a comfortable size for the two of us and our two small pieces of luggage. Space in the compact room has been artfully maximised, with clever design tricks employed to make it feel bigger than it is. The lush queen bed (with a gorgeous deep ruby suede headboard) dominates the space, flanked by brass lamps that float above small black marble tables. Hotel information (by way of a beautifully designed A Super Useful Hoxton Survival Guide) and the hotel’s signature breakfast bag are aesthetically hung from hooks on the wall, allowing the minimal tabletop spaces to remain clear.
Art-filled, modern and well-designed, The Hoxton, Southwark offers a warm, local atmosphere in the heart of London.
Rates start at £150 (approx. $289) per night.
Find out more: thehoxton.com