Wow, im not one for gushing but this place is sooooo cool. Now being a corporate Canary Wharf type I am absolutely the antithesis of what they are looking for but I really dont care. From the "no ties" sign to the ping pong tables and photo booths this place has a quirky edge.
All the levels of the building are decked out stunningly, the rooftop level has to be my favouite. Swimmingpool, various restaurants and bars.....and the views are absolutely stunning.
We had dinner on one of the lower levels and as it turned out Mondays are 50% off eveeything. Have to say I was slightly glad of this as otherwise £9 for a bombay sapphire and tonic is ridiculous.
For dinner I went for the burger and chips, as burges go it was bad. At £6 it was good value...at £12 its nothign special.
What makes this place 5 star though is the whole package. The views, the space, the decor, the many.....many staff! Hope to make it back here some time soon.
Shoreditch House comes highly JD Recommended
Having been here a handful of times, for meetings, dinner and evening drinks, I must say I still don't understand what is so special about the place apart from the carefully orchestrated "exclusivity" of membership. Yes the decor is lovely and uber-trendy, but the food and service is just simply ok, nothing to write home about.
The place is absolutely huge, and upon arriving you are greeted by a trendy (of course) if not, snooty, receptionist who takes your name and directs you to the correct area. You are however, forbidden from using your mobile phone in the building (err... how is one supposed to find their mates?). You then take the lift to the correct floor and commence looking for your friends to start your planned meeting/evening session.
I can see why the parent company has chosen Shoreditch as one of their houses - it's prime territory for media types, who are befitting of the clientele that they serve to attract. However, I find the whole concept a little suffocating to say the least - it's just too.... dare I say it, contrived and try hard for my palate. Sorry!
Very nice private members club. It's lovely.
Drinks are not too expensive. You cannot order from a bar so you need to wait for a waiter to take your order which sometimes takes a lot of time.
We had a great night here!
The views from the top are very nice. I will return if I get invited :-)
Loved this place! I have been here for a company event, so everything was pre-organized and may not reflect a general experience. However I must say that I found both the service and the food quality very good. We have been served by an Italian staff and also the food was cooked by an Italian chef. Mint and peas risotto was amazing, and also the salmon with chickpeas was delicious. Let's not even speak about the desserts... a great tiramisu and a half-peach filled with pieces of amaretto biscuits and wet by a yummy zabaione sauce...
The location itself is gorgeous: we stayed in a private area of the rooftop floor, with a beautiful view on London and a bar/dancing area furnished like we were in a garden. There's also a pool, and in daytime it's possible to sunbath on comfy and wide sundecks.
Definitely a venue to visit.
Haai! I call this review "Sorry man!"
Been here a few times now...when they just opened, I thought: perhaps a membership... Now? Well, I'm not so into "seen and be seen with whom and wearing what"
- The building
- The interiur
- The location
- The service
- The door policy
- The pool
- The cocktails
- The P-p-Pa-Parties!
- The rooftop bar
- The food. So sorry man, it was boring, bland. I love steak, grilled! ...not pasty white, semi boiled. The vegetables: steamed with...nothing. Really? Even my husband does that better, he ads salt! Sorry.
- The door, it's a bit painful to see the "no tie" sign and standing in a lift chocked with stiff suit-city-people on a "non" business dinner.
- The hippest hipsters...sorry man, Shoreditch I love you. Ad agency hipsters, that made it to the top.. Sorry again! Most of my friends tick this box, but come on...do we really need a special club to see each other after work?
Oh... The clubhouse in NY and also in Berlin... rock harder than Shoreditch House.
Will I return? ...sorry to say, that its very, very likely that I will...i'm sooo hip...
A friend of mine took me here for a meeting & dinner.
This is a member's club, and a semi-pretentious one with pretenses of being unpretentious. Loads of name-checking at the door, and then they had me remove my tie (as there's a "no suits" policy, which may or may not apply to arseholes in suits without ties).
Solid martini. A slight rarity for London. They had a kerfuffle with my friend's card (which I'm sure wasn't overdrawn or anything). Very nice food, if small portions and a bit overpriced.
Grilled octopus was a winner. The pinot they'd recommended go with it was less so.
Nice vibe, nice atmosphere. If paying £900 a year for spendy meals and drinks in the wilds of E1 is your thing, go for it. I can think of other places I'd go for my cash.
I don't even know how to review this place since my perspective is that I was a friend of friend of a coworkers friend who is a member of this place who tagged along one night.
It was a strange douchey battle with the bouncers to get in but then the member herself came downstairs to claim us. The elevators weren't working so we climbed a lot of stairs to the roof where the awesomeness occurred.
First site is a giant lit pool with loads of people dancing around it. Sadly, no one was swimming/dancing in it and I wasn't drunk enough to strip and start a trend.
There were four main areas of action that night, all packed to the brim with trendy peoples. Poolside, giant bedsized loungers in a veranda area, covered bar area with fireplace center that turned into elevated stage for shirtless gay men and costume-y asian tourists, and then this weird patio looking area with crisscross wooden roof covering and a disco ball.
I felt like I was at a rave in my grandmas backyard with that last area. Which was where we mostly hung out for the time we were there.
The drinks were strong but the music was lame and techno-y.
BUT if invited again I would totally go. Such a weird, awesome, crazy place that you never would have suspected from the street entrance.
I can see if being a gorgeous posh oasis of lovely on a hot summers day. oh my god yes if you're reading this please invite me back on one of those days.
I hate to sell out my NYC Soho House where I'm a local member, but whenever I'm in London Shoreditch House is where I end up almost every day. Amazing food, so much better than some of the other clubs. The views may be some of the best in London and it is stunning at night to look at the skyline over the beautiful azure pool. The pool is always hot and its so incredible to swim in a metal pool, I think it's the only one I've ever seen.
The gym is large and well stocked, the 5th floor is literally heaven with great parlour games and several fires. The bar is terrific as well.
Only one negative:
The bowling (which rules btw) is REALLY expensive. I know Soho House is a bit overpriced, but the bowling is absurdly expensive, not to mention I've never seen anyone using it. If they want members to socialize and bowl they should at least match Lucky Strike's (fairly overpriced) prices. Maybe the bowling is more for corporate events and not for one off members to really use...
My friend has been a member here for years and I've spent many a night/day/morning at Shoreditch House. That said, I'm reviewing as a third party, so keep that in mind...
Where to start? Just ten minutes from Liverpool Street tube, location is great and easy to get home from. The biggest of the Soho House properties in London, it's a members-only club made famous for its 'no ties' rule and celebrity fans.
Despite having numerous floors, we always seem to end up on the roof no matter the weather. There's just something about chilling out by the pool (especially at night when it's lit up) and looking at the stars that's ultimately relaxing.
I've always been wary of members-only clubs (Soho House is only really a nice place to go during the day), but here, any attitude you'd expect seems to have been weeded out by sheer size. Don't get me wrong, I've never seen a place with so many waiters/waitresses, but there doesn't seem to be the element of snootiness you might imagine.
The food really is amazing (especially on the fifth floor in the Square Bar, try the macaroni cheese!!), and the cocktails are expectedly expensive but worth the price. The chocolate fondant is like a little slice of heaven on a plate, and I can fully recommend the hand cut chips.
SH also boasts its own bowling alley, hotel rooms, beauty salon (from parent-company owned Cowshed) and games room. Oh, and now there's Pizza East (the restaurant open to all just next door) and cinema to boot.
I've also been to a few parties on the rooftop, which have been great fun. There's a lot of space to get lost in, be mischievous, and great canapes alongside. Plus, the bathrooms come complete with shower (you are by a pool after all), hairdryer and straighteners. Swish.
All in all, I like it a lot here - just watch that your name's definitely on the list if you're meeting a friend as they're very strict on letting people in.
This is a private members club which means, unfortunately, you need to be a member or have a member take you in. On the plus side, there doesn't appear to be a limit to how many people a member can invite (I assume there is a limit somewhere but it's greater than 7). And as far as private clubs go, this is top notch.
I've been lucky enough to go to a view private clubs on the coattails of my friends in the bartending and banking worlds. Actually, I reckon both groups spend about the same time at the bar, just on opposite sides. These clubs tend to be characterised by luxurious surroundings hidden away from the outside world with no window in sight. And most of them have at least part or all of the club underground. While this does enhance the speakeasy feel of the place, you miss that feeling of being on top of it all.
Not so with Shoreditch House. Located on the 4th-6th floors of a modern but nondescript building in Shoreditch, this place is what I envision my penthouse to be one day. The 6th floor boasts a brilliant pool complete with glowing underwater lighting but sadly missing the bikini babes (or anyone...apparently actually swimming in it is frowned upon in the evenings). There is a massive games room with pool tables and foosball tables and a number of bars scattered around the floors. Overall, this place is designed to go with friends and relax with a number of (expensive) drinks. On the plus side, there is virtually no wait for a drink and you can even get table service (not just bottle service) if you'd like.
I really enjoyed my night out at Shoreditch House and I'd love to go again. If only they'd let me in that pool too...
This is a club, spa, and hotel all in one, and sometimes one gets the feeling that the hotel part is prioritized last by the staff, most of whom are under 25 and lacking in customer service savoir faire. We asked them to put ice packs - for medical use - in a freezer for us. They agreed, then lost them for 24 hours. We asked for a wake-up call on our last day. It never came. We asked that our stay be charged to a card different from the one the room was held with. They charged BOTH cards.
The rooms are nice, but some have no view and thus almost no natural light. On two different occasions we stayed in rooms where light bulbs in the ceiling flickered.
Now, can I say something positive? Well, the bathrooms are to die for. Small, but to die for. And the neighborhood is fascinating: Brick Lane to the east, and a combo of the cozy and the trendy to the northwest , on and around Old Street. (See my review of the Breakfast Club on Rufus Street.) Arnold Circus, to the north, is an odd, delightful mini-neighborhood, and on Sundays there is a farmers' market a block east of the hotel. Be sure to use the Old Street or Liverpool Street tube stops. The Overground station right across from Shoreditch House has spotty service, and the Overground line does not connect easily to others.
One of my favorite places in London to have a chilled glass of wine on a nice afternoon. The pool crowd is a bit pretentious, but it's to be expected from a pool area in a members only club in Shoreditch.
The nibbles rock, they're open late, and the drinks are outstanding.
You really need to accept that invitation when it comes from your colleague or friend and check out the property.
Home away from home, and my favorite oasis in the urban jungle(or desert). Service is always awesome, and a good time is (almost) guaranteed!
Ask for a white wine and get red, ask for a red wine and get a white, ask for a white wine and get a heineken....
Bowling alley was cute for small parties, rooftop bar is a great view, though I had the same view when I lived a couple blocks away so I'm a bit jaded. There's a lot of space and a lot of different vibes to explore, which is nice, but it kind of becomes a haven for banker-types, which I guess Shoreditch is catering to now anyway; rich people that want people to think they're hip.
You can get a lot of the same vibe from bars along Great Eastern Street, so I'm not sure I would pay for this membership. Certainly worth popping in if you get an invite. I really didn't care for Soho House so this was at least a nicer setup.
Given all the rigmarole and hoops you supposedly have to jump through to become a member of Shoreditch House (being recommended by someone deemed worthy, coming up with a "favourite joke" that the board finds sufficiently witty...) I totally thought I'd step inside and be surrounded by nothing but dazzling drop-dead cool people... that I'd be the comparatively shabby wallflower among the preening Birds of Paradise.
Ha - not so much. It was more like I walked in, looked around, and found myself thinking, "ummm... where's the cool scene?"
Part of the problem is that I'd been to The Hospital in Soho before Shoreditch House opened. Now, I think The Hospital and the people who frequent it are too-rad...so I was sure Shoreditch House would have a vibe that was reminiscent of that... but it really doesn't...
Now that we've established that the people inside Shoreditch House aren't all in the league of young Bob Dylans, we can talk about what it is actually like...
The décor, for the most part is basically plush traditional English... lots of rich wood tones, leather chairs, and clean lines. Nothing is particularly over-the-top... you don't walk in and say "wow" you walk in and say "huh... that's kind of nice."
The service, however, does stand-out... the staff are familiar, amiable, and willing-to-please - though, being the gauche American that I am, I once ran into a bit of trouble when I wanted to take my unfinished three-quarters of a pizza home with me... "we don't have the facilities to do that" the waiter said... but my lovely host insisted... oy... I ended up leaving with it saran wrapped to the top of a plastic lid.
All the amenities are great... pool, view, bowling alley, gym, game room... even the food and drinks are good and not that unreasonably priced.
All said, Shoreditch is a winning establishment... mostly for what it has to offer as one grand package than for any singular element. I certainly wouldn't join because it's the supposed place to be, but that fact that it has a gym and a decent bar that's open till 3am would potentially make it worth it.
Was invited here for friends birthday party, way to exclusive for my liking I mean come on its the east end here! Went down well with the date though :p
Worth checking out for the rooftop pool.
Wont be queuing for membership
The idea of Shoreditch House is sort of awful; a swish bar/club/gym/hang out of any kind for rich media types.
But when you get there it is totally ace.
It is a member's club, but I think it's cheaper for younger people.
The roof restaurant I wouldn't say has 'spectacular' views across East London, the views are pretty ugly, but they are far reaching at least. Mostly you can see the new train tracks being built.
The swimming pool is outdoor and heated, and very popular with families on the weekend.
It's a super mega trendy cool place.
I was sure I'd reviewed Shoreditch House having been here quite a few times - but it appears not. Anyway - very very good Shoreditch House it has to be said. Beats Soho House and makes the Hospital look frankly ragged. The only members club I like more is Milk & Honey, but that might be just familiarity.
The highlight is definitely the swimming pool at the roof area - great stuff, more Miami than London in terms of styling, but with a little bit of an NYC feel thrown in as you look out across the city. The whole place has a great atmosphere to it - brilliant put together throughout with all the different floors having their own unique feeling. Very occasionally it can feel a little bit overly 'media' but nothing too annoying/distracting.
Service is excellent whether its food or drinks you are after and of course the food and drink is first class. If you are going to get stuck into the cocktails - may I heartily recommend an espresso martini, a fabulous drink made to perfection here.
While not being cheap by any stretch the food and drink is definitely good value.
If you are going to join a club - join this one. Yes yes it's in Shoreditch and not the centre of town, but if you're stumping up to join, I'm sure you can afford the cab ride over there!
Managed to go here as part of a charity do that was organised by a friend.
Excellent bar, wonderful food, great atmosphere.
I sincerely wish I was a member!
I tried to avoid this Shoho members' club for as long as possible. Why? Well kinda like a avoiding the Harry Potter books I was intent on jumping off the bandwagon, and not subscribing to the most talked about venue of the year. Last night, I finally caved in.
The roof deck reminded me of a plush Hollywood Bar I once frequented where a plastic surgeon offered me a discounted boob job! Yes, I contemplated it but within a heartbeat the 'Doctor' disappeared. No bodily enhancements available here, just the distinct feeling of bliss that accompanies sitting on a roof deck gazing out to the Gerkin skyline, holding a zesty glass of Chablis. Probably the best Monday night since stepping off the plane from LA.
I was moderately impressed with Shoreditch House, mainly because of the OTT decor. However, I'm not completely comfortable here. I don't really understand why it's so big. Or why people want to drink in huge private clubs, when they could just go to The Harp. I think post-economic collapse, places like this seem a bit silly, like having a Range Rover or trading credit-default swaps.
But still, great lighting. And shoddy lifts.
Considering that I think Soho House is pretty nice & smart, my one time in it's Shoreditch sister was quite disappointing.
Obviously sitting outside next to a pool does seem like a cool thing to do, but it's actually over full and yes, full of idiots belly flopping into the pool. You can sit on a rooftop for free over at The Boundary. Inside, the main bar looked quite old fashion and just seemed like any noisy pub.
I love this place and one of my New Year's resolutions for next year is definitely to become a member. Six floors of lucsciousness: roof terrace complete with swimming pool and BBQ, restaurant, table football and pool table area to chill out in, private bowling alley, spa, what more could you ask for?
Obviously it's members-only so unless you have a friend whose a member you have to be in the know about parties and events where they finally throw open their doors and you can venture into the hallowed halls and enjoy all the luxuries on offer! I recommend following them on Twitter :)
I've no idea how much it costs to become a member of this place, but if it was remotely within my reach, I would certainly consider it! The ideal place to set down for the day with a laptop and cappuccino, the main lounge appears to be where the coolest of all media types conduct their business.
Upstairs, the rooftop pool is well worth a look even if you're not planning on diving in. There is also a Cow Shed spa for those in need of a spot of pampering.
Since my friends are the wrong kind of media types (they prefer the boozing to the schmoozing) the only way I get to see this place is when there's an event on that I'm invited to. And if, at one of those events, I happen to 'accidentally' find myself going up a fire escape and onto the roof terrace and pool area, so be it.
ShoHo, as I now call it, is obviously mainly about seeing and being seen, but at least it provides a lovely place to do it. A maze of rooms with bars, bowling alleys, a Cowshed spa and all kinds of distractions, it's easy to see why membership is pricey. I actually prefer this to Soho House, the sister club; the staff are friendlier and the whole vibe is a bit more fashion-orientated and a little less corporate.
Ok, I'll admit it. I don't think we were meant to be on the roof.
I made my first visit to Shoreditch house recently and I was really quite surprised by it.
From the outside, it looks like a disused fire station but once inside it's full of one off vintage decor - lending a really quirky feel to what I always imagined would be a fancy pants place!
I ate on the roof terrace and the food was lovely, well priced and the service was great.
Tip - have the Crab - it's lovely!
Shoreditch House is a terrific place to bring friends for a plush night out, but an utter nightmare the rest of the time.
The staff in the fifth floor bar are uniformly terrible. Compared to the professionalism over at Soho House, here they're rude, drag their heels and tend to forget your orders. That's if they bring your orders at all.
This happens during the day time as well. I've worked in the 5th floor bar during the day and had to basically stand up and wave with the flappy arms of someone drowning to get anyone to come over. It's terrible.
The facilities, however, are often lovely. The Cowshed spa and staff are terrific, and the pizzas are the best in the area. All the decent staff seem to be seconded to the roof top in the summer and are (mostly) professional and excellent. The winter bar menu is always excellent and the rooftop on a summer's day/afternoon/evening has a wonderful atmosphere and a real "Blimey! We're in a film!" factor. Less keen on the Biscuit Tin, restaurant and games area which are fine, but not as special as Sho Ho's other parts.
If you want to impress someone or give friends a good evening, take them here. Just for God's sake make sure they don't have to encounter the bar staff and don't mind an endless parade of twats in hats trying to see if they've been "spotted".
Having been welcomed into the SH membership I've become a real fan of this place. It's got the right balance of members, some coolios, a few flash Harry bankers (suprisingly few for the area), media/marketing folk, fashionistas and I guess some celebs.
All bars and food serving areas have a very relaxed atmosphere and the service is great, pretty low-key. I think it spanks on Soho House for decor, ambience and cool factor. The roof pool is big enough for laps and small enough for kids to muck about in at weekends (they have to be members too £$£$).
So if you get invited - join up immediately.
This place is just so chilled out - I've been in in my jeans and scruff and dressed up like Shirley Bassey on a night out.
Great cocktails. Great loo's (very big flannels, you could almost fit them in your handbag) Lovely reception staff. I used to work at the Ad Agency round the corner and they are great to all of us. This place is of the non-wanky variety. Great beauty therapies too.
My friend recently benefited from the drive to recruit more under 27 members from the creative industries so has joined up at 'The House'.
This is how a members club should be. Homely and comfortable but with every possible need anticipated by the attentive but invisible staff.
An enjoyable evening was spent eating fine pizza, supping hearty red wine and gazing across the views of London town (oh and the rooftop pool) whilst warming ourselves by the raging fire. Such decadence. Needless to say, LOVE it.
Can any establishment with a mini bowling alley, gooey pizzas, divine cocktails and a pool on the roof be bad? I think not. I don't really need to belong to a trendy private members club in Shoreditch, but I'm still sorely tempted after my visit there.
Yes, the fact my evening was paid for by a client helped (as did the free-flowing cocktails and never-ending supply of aforementioned pizzas) but the venue somehow managed to pull off effortless sophistication without seeming overly pretentious or snobbish. We were in the 'Biscuit pin' (private room with 2 bowling lanes) most of the evening but we also had a chance to take a look at the swimming pool and have a cocktail masterclass in a small private dining room that is virtually hidden behind a bookshelf on one of the upper floors. Brilliant.
Very impressive vebue for the movers and shakers of the east end.
Fashion and tabloid celebs flock to the poolside in their droves.
Ive heard the stone fired pizzas are great, just try not to eat all of it in one go as the clientele are on the side of aware of themselves, you can jump in the pool and work it off.
being a members club the service is second to none and the bowling alley doesnt go amiss too.
My wife's a member and i've been a few times. Whilst the design and 'feel' of Shoreditch House is fantastic and I love relaxing there, the food is dire and the service slow.
In many ways Shoreditch House is about as good as it's going to get for London / UK. It's all dressed up and to some extent DOES live up to the reviews here but the food is very disappointing. Today for example we had the full english breakfast with some drinks. My 'fresh' orange juice was off and from a packet, my macchiato just useless, cold and bitter.
My scrambled eggs seemed to have been made by a four year old, the bacon was inedible and rubbery, not crispyI could go on.
A shame because if the food and coffee were any good I've love to go back.
As I rounded the door, the first thought that sprung to mind was "So, this is how the other half live!". I hadn't any knowledge previously about Shoreditch House or what I was suppose to expect, but I was more than impressed that a place such as this could exist in East London.
It's just totally luxurious. The roof top terrace, on a nice day, feels like a scene from a 50's movie set in Monte Carlo, but with a much more interesting mixture of people. As you sit by the pool on massive sun-loungers-come-king-size-beds, being waited on by smartly dressed waiting staff, and sipping at a cup of tea, you get to look at the old school media types, in their chanel suits and expensive shoes, interacting with the tattooed, skinny-jeaned designers of now. A wet dream for anyone who enjoys high-calibre people watching at its best!
To be honest, the whole thing is pretty surreal and I did feel out of place a lot (which I couldn't figure out was down to me riding on the coat tails of my friend's membership or my lack of plush garb). I didn't try the food, but I hear on good authority that it's of a great standard and it's half price on a Monday night apparently (?).
It's not the kind of place that I could stomach on a regular basis, but it was a really interesting afternoon looking around the sun deck. However, if an abundance of Ray Bans, boat shoes and cocktails are your bag, then you've found your nirvana.
Absoloutely love this place. Spent the whole summer here last summer! Sunbathing, swimming and the drinking the most delicious Amaretto Sour cocktails I have ever had!! Food is great and really not that expensive considering the stunning city surroundings and spectacular views.
You have got to visit Shoreditch House!!
A girlfriend and I stopped by Shoreditch House to grab drinks with a friend, and ended up staying for dinner. We had a table by the fireplace, and ordered the prosciutto pizza, zucchini fritti, burrata and winter vegetables. All were great choices, with the exception of the winter veggies - just a bunch of raw veggies on a plate. Try the Message in Bottle and Apres Punch cocktails. Cool crowd, trendy ambiance and friendly service. If you know a member, ask for an invite and check this place out.
We had lunch at the terrace cafe and this is a great people watching spot. Loads of people using the pool and of course dining at the cafe. The food is alright nothing spectacular, the cocktail selection is decent and the wine list is small and decent. I would give this place a 5 for ambience but the quality of food was only ok. My pasta was bland but the chocolate fondant was great. Will come back here again for a meal, cocktail or just to hang about :-)
I'm in love with this place. It's just uber cool with a great atmosphere. Every time I go here I can't get enough! I've spent many a day sitting up by the outdoor pool having a meeting - it doesn't get better than sipping Pimms while talking about work strategy! Makes the brain work soooo much harder. The room with the oversized chairs and concrete walls is fantastic and you can just dream away in here for hours - I can't wait for the winter and the huge open fire. I've always been impressed by the food - the pizza's are very yummy. Just a shame it's not in the centre of town because Shoreditch is so far away! This place is special though and whoever designed it has an amazing eye for detail - it's comfortable but indulgent, and always hits the spot. There's a cowshed spa here too, doesn't get better than that.
This weekend was my first time in Shoreditch House and I must say it was a bit of a disappointment. Whilst I understand the need for a private members club I don't think this place is anything special and the staff weren't particularly helpful or friendly. From the other reviews attached I understand that perhaps I was there on an off night; either that or the staff only treat their existing members with the courtesy all visitors (potential prospects) should really be getting. It wasn't for me I'm afraid however this might have something to do with Shoreditch as an area not really being for me either.
Top member club. Relax and casual but with a touch of smart. Roof pool and gym as well as comfy sofa and lounge. Can't get better than this.
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