It’s not obligatory to have your laptop, tablet or any other snazzy device up and running in the huge lobby at The Hoxton in London’s Holborn — but you might feel undressed if you don’t.
So even if you’re insecure in any tiny way, you must adopt a stiff upper lip hipster-style — which means reclining on a sofa as if on the set of a Tom Ford movie, ideally drooped over a love-interest while nursing a Goodness Me cocktail (single malt, pomegranate liqueur, sloe gin, sage syrup, lemon juice, Angostura bitters, egg white and raspberries). Headphones still on, of course.
There are various categories of rooms at The Hoxton: Shoebox, Snug, Cosy and Roomy
This is The Hoxton’s second hotel in London (Shoreditch was the first) and it’s a lot of fun if you’re in the mood. It’s busy, buzzy and at times a little barmy.
The ceiling here is cement, or at least, that’s the look. There’s not much colour anywhere, but it’s got lots of flair in the public areas, where people park themselves for the day and use it as an office. Free wifi, coffee shop, inviting bar with zillions of different gins, people coming and going.
‘The numbers are on the floor rather than on the doors,’ says the male model at reception…