Luther hits Shoreditch and The Ace Hotel London
A few weeks ago we stayed over in London. Luther had two days modelling work in East London so we made the Ace Hotel London in Shoreditch our base. I have to say, I really enjoyed staying in London, particularly as a non- resident. I lived in London for years but never really got to know Shoreditch, and walking round it was really good fun.
Luther loved the hotel room and immediately grabbed a mini bottle of gin to brandish as he roamed around. I swiftly moved the rest of the spirits to a higher shelf and relieved him of his Tanquerey. He found the minibar fridge was at floor level and spent a long time putting his Babybel in and out of it.
The room had an industrial, slightly studenty vibe that I rather liked. The low-level platform bed suited Luther who was able to clamber on to it with much glee. It was so nice to see him enjoying this new found freedom that we have actually arranged for him to have a floor bed for his nursery… soon to be redecorated entirely. The bed itself was memory foam and extremely comfortable.
The faded, grey denim window sofa covered the entire end wall and Luther and I really enjoyed watching the overground trains going past. I propped up the moss green cushions to help his vantage point and he looked out from a 6th floor elevation, with great views of the city including the Gherkin.
The rooms at The Ace Hotel London are set up for partying. There are bottles of booze and emergency pot noodles and Anadin. The fridge had bottles of pre-mixed Negroni. I can assure you I really made the most of it. I had a small gin, a pizza and was asleep around 10pm. A truly wild night!
The bathroom was neat with Barber shop toiletries labelled 1 (shampoo), 2 (conditioner), 3 (body wash) – I guess people with hangovers don’t know what order to use their products in! There was a funky, square, black sink with a swing plug and I loved the cork stool in front of the mirror. Luther and I enjoyed a bath and he played with the running taps whilst I soaked for a while. The curved shower rail was good, so no fighting off the shower curtain as it sticks to your elbow.
The room was mainly done out in black and white. With a matte black wall with white shapes painted onto it like a monochrome kaleidoscope. Industrial metal shelves, a cord board for school notices and the like, black shelving, and a huge pencil sharpener!
There was a round oak table in the room but it was at head banging height for Luther so a lovely member of staff carried it out when he brought me some extra pillows. He didn’t bat an eyelid at the request and in an instant it was gone.
We were offered a larger room by the amazing Monica, and Luther and I went to see the room which was much bigger with two beds, but we stayed where we were so that we could all sleep in one large bed together.
Most of the staff were lovely, but a few clearly hadn’t read the manual that customer service requires eye contact and leaving your ‘too cool for school’ attitude at home.
Luther fell asleep around 7pm and I waited for his daddy to arrive off the Eurostar from Paris, along with hipster pizzas in boxes. We curled up on the window sofa and drew up the blinds a bit and watched London and the trains and had a whispered date of sorts!
I had a late checkout the next day, and once we’d walked daddy to Old Street tube and seen him off to work, Luther and I pottered around Shoreditch a bit. Once he’d dropped off for his morning nap I took him back to the hotel room and I sat in bed with an earl grey tea in a grey enamel mug and caught up on some emails and writing work.