Hotel of the Week
WHERE AND WHY - In hip Hoxton, a stone's throw from the City and a one-minute stroll from Old Street Tube, this urban gem has been designed with cool New York-meets-Berlin efficiency. There is everything you need, and nothing you don't. An impossibly comfy bed, an exhilaratingly hot shower, a fridge - but no rip-off minibar - a 24-hour shop, a room safe and even a free breakfast. Down the hall is an ice machine and two ironing boards. The lobby is, of course, filled with uber-trendy 20-somethings in super-tight jeans and black-rimmed glasses. Oh, and a cashpoint. Perfect.
ON THE MENU - The Hoxton Grill powers the ground floor - and the impeccable room service. From the £12 cheeseburger to the £48 chateaubriand, this is all largely meaty, heartily crowd-pleasing - unless you're a vegetarian, of course - fare. And whether you eat in the restaurant or in your room, it's the same menu and the same price. The breakfast of orange juice, yoghurt and a banana are packed in a paper bag and hung on your door handle and the room comes with a kettle.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE - The exotic eateries and clubs of Hoxton Square lie to one side, the beautiful people of Shoreditch House to the other. The Northern Line, barely 100 metres away, can take you to Waterloo, London Bridge or King's Cross St Pancras in minutes. But there's a host of venues and galleries right on your doorstep: the Barbican, Maureen Paley, White Cube, Carl Freedman and The Approach, to name a few. Not to mention shopping at Start and the world's best steak sandwich at London's first and best gastropub, The Eagle in neighbouring Farringdon.