Thursday night after work I made my way to the Ibis London City Shoreditch, a hotel located close to many of my East London favourites including: Spitalfields, Brick Lane, Hotbox and White Chapel Gallery.
Running late, as always, I didn’t have much time to take advantage of my large comfortable room. Throwing on some clothes and scattering the contents of my bag all around the space I rushed down to reception to meet some of my blogging buddies.
Grabbing my lanyard, programme, and brightly coloured welcome drink I felt like I was at a festival instead of a hotel. After a grouping together and catching up around the tech area (a long table with plenty of sockets and a couple of computers which would have been the perfect blogging spot) it was time to party.
Making our way to the bar we were in perfect time to catch first act, Jay Johnson, a singer song writer inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan and Paolo Nutini. Jay kicked the night off in style with his personal, yet uplifting, songs and hypnotic guitar/drumming skills.
Next up was Soma, a percussive act who came together from the music collective at The Roundhouse. Their upbeat vibe helped people relax into the room, and we began to mingle and take advantage of the many props, including an air guitar and celebrity masks.
Fully getting into the party spirit, Estée Blu got everyone dancing with her lively cross genre music inspired by jazz, gospel, neo-soul and r&b.
The variety of acts really showcased the vast range of talented resident artists at The Roundhouse and the Ibis bar was the perfect setting. The gig felt inmate but also laid back with plenty of seating and great sound, as well as a dance floor for those who were feeling a little more energetic.
I think it’s amazing that Ibis have taken the opportunity to turn their hotel into a destination rather than just a place to rest your head for the night. Many people are so busy that they only briefly swing by places, so bringing UK’s talent into the hotel lobby makes perfect sense.
Despite the party still going on downstairs and my room facing the main road I had a quiet nights sleep in the most amazingly comfortable bed.
The next morning I felt refreshed and couldn’t wait to catch up with some of the other guests over breakfast. The meal was a buffet with a great selection of fresh breads, pastry, hot food, fruit, cereal, a range of teas and a coffee machine serving up a deliciously strong americano. Caffeinated and full I felt ready to get on with they day and take advantage of the East London location.
*My stay at Ibis was free but, as always, all opinions are honest and my own.