What’s the draw?
The newest addition to the ever-expanding Hoxton empire has landed in Southwark and it’s every bit as slick, chic and richly rooted in local history as its eight siblings. Take the lift to the 14th floor and you’re greeted by breathtaking 360° views of Borough and London Bridge from the rooftop restaurant Seabird, or snuggle up in a bedroom designed by some of London’s top creatives. Expect signature Hoxton décor with a bit of a Southwark twist – exposed brick walls, plush plum velvet headboards, pastel Roberts radios and artwork curated by nearby gallery, Jealous.
What to eat?
The hotel boasts two hotly tipped restaurants, Seabird for glitzy fine dining at one of the newest of London's seafood restaurants, and Albie for all-day Italian-slash-French fusion food. At the former, we tucked into chimichurri lobster, chilli-dusted fries and the already Insta-famous polpo brioche roll, its sweet squid tentacle grilled to perfection and topped with salty padron peppers and sobrassada mayonnaise. Downstairs at Albie, it’s all about handmade pastas, freshly baked focaccia and charcuterie boards which are served effortlessly in a buzzing, bustling environment perfect for coffee dates and agile working days.
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Attention to detail is next level – books in the rooms are selected by Hox Friends to add local personality; the mini fridge is piled high with locally sourced, independent products; and you get a free daily breakfast bag delivered to your room full of the same. It may not top the bill of our pick of the best breakfasts in London (that's a tall order), but it's a lovely little touch to set you up for the day ahead. Who can say no to a free morning ginger shot? A mix of bespoke and antique furniture gives the month-old hotel the air of having been established for years. Don’t leave without toasting over a Toucan Do-It cocktail on the roof – a spicy blend of tequila, mango, cinnamon and aji pepper served in an effervescent yellow ceramic toucan glass.
Rooms from £139; thehoxton.com.