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A couple of weeks ago, Joe and I were invited to Redchurch Townhouse, a cosy (yet incredibly cool) spot nestled in the heart of buzzy Shoreditch, for a night away in our own city.
Having seen the hotel flashing up on Instagram, and dinners at the ever glamorous Cecconi’s downstairs adorning my feed with ribbons of tomato laden pasta, gooey burrata and pillowy pizzas- it didn’t take much to persuade me to say yes to a night in one of their cloudy beds- in the heart of one of London’s coolest pockets.
Being a bit of a self-confessed fan of travelling the UK, it’s incredibly rare I ever stay the night in London. Despite having a list of my favourite places (which is probably due a little refresh), when it comes to the end of the night- it’s normally a Southeastern train and my own duvet that are always calling- so nights in the big smoke are very much normally reserved for friends sofa beds and very special occasions indeed.
However, this felt a little different. Given the current circumstances, we were determined to have a really lovely night away. Soak up what was on our new E1 postcode doorstep for the day, and also make the most of an enormous rain shower, downstairs Italian, bed that possibly has it’s own postcode too as well as the promise of a breakfast overlooking an unusually quiet Redchurch Street. It was heaven.
Plus, it all felt incredibly safe too. With hand sanitizer, masks and distancing in place throughout the hotel- we were able to fully relax in the knowledge we were truly being looked after (and not just because there’s a mini toothpaste and brush in the room either). It can feel like such an enormous commitment and gamble to travel at all at the moment, so being able to escape a few miles up the road, and full unwind felt like luxury in it’s finest. The velvet in room sofa might have helped with that too, of course…
Our tips for a special staycation…
- Don’t feel like you have to make grand plans, but do things you might not normally do. I treated myself to a treatment at Cowshed with a voucher I’d had next door at Shoreditch House (a venue incredibly novel to yours truly), and because it’s something I so rarely do- felt like I was on holiday for the night. Cowshed do the best mani’s and pedi’s- so it always feels like a real hour of TLC. We also ended up getting a takeaway in bed, because when in Rome!
- This sounds ridiculously indulgent, but we got a cab to our hotel where we might have gotten one to the airport. My Uber usage has been expectedly low over the last few months, so treating ourselves to a slow ride into the city instead of traipsing the tubes felt like a lovely relaxing way of kicking off a night in a new setting.
- If you can, a no laptop rule! Especially if it’s one night- leave your laptop at home. If you were going anywhere else for the evening- be it a friends for a sleepover, or a couple of nights in the country- you probably wouldn’t bring it, so try and detach for the night and slink into full tourist mode, I promise you won’t miss it.
And a handful of things to do for a day in a socially-distanced Shoreditch…
- Get a smoked salmon bagel for a post checkout lunch at Beigel Bake.
- Order Cecconi’s to bed- and add on dessert too (I’m not saying you have to get the profiteroles and arancini, but you have to get the profiteroles and arancini).
- Have a leisurely wander along Redchurch Street– this sounds obvious, but I’m so often fleeting around there that I never make time to pop into half the gorgeous shops that occupy the street. My favourites are Toast for completely heavenly wardrobe staples, Labour and Wait for home ware and also the Meadows pop up which is just around the corner too.
- If you’re able, book in for a treatment at Cowshed. I think most of us can say we deserve it over these last few months- and trust me, any excuse to sit in those chairs.
- Spend the afternoon scouring the vintage shops on Brick Lane. There’s a reason Brick Lane has a tirelessly good reputation for vintage, and it’s because (largely) there’s still so many good gems to be found. Start right at the top and swing on to Cheshire Street for the goods.