Shore-ditch the act, son, you’re spending a night in the cells

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A new hotel with event space has opened in London. The Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has transformed the former Old Street Magistrates’ Court and police station into a boutique venue, making full use of the building’s history and meaning that guests can spend an evening – almost – at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

The infamous Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, were detained in the cells at the Grade II listed building, which was an operational police station between 1903 and 1996.

The £40m renovation project has seen the building that housed the East End’s most notorious felons morph into a retreat of 86 rooms, 42 suites, event space, restaurants, bars, bowling alley, spa and luxurious cinema.

Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch has used its colourful past to create a truly one-of-a-kind backdrop. The quirky setting makes an interesting destination for delegates, who can enjoy drinks and exotic cocktails in the main bar, which has been transformed from refurbished cells.

The hotel boasts a contemporary wing housing a state-of-the art 196-seat cinema, a two-lane bowling alley with private bar and an events space capable of accommodating 450 people sitting down or 900 reception-style.

The building is no stranger to centre stage. It was in the Magistrates’ Court that writer Joe Orton stood accused of stealing books from Islington library and the Kray twins of demanding “money with menaces.” Even after closure, it remained a much sought-after filming location, immortalised in popular British TV shows such as Spooks and Luther.

Martin Fullard

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Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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