$57.6 Million Renovation Turns A Prison Into A Posh Getaway


Spending a night in jail never sounded so good. A $57.6 million renovation of the Old Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station into Courthouse Hotel has turned prison bars to pristine lobby bars.

Justice has been served within these walls since 1903. And when we say justice, we mean that even the notorious gangster brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray served their time here. Until 1996, the building was still a functioning court and police station. While the interior is entirely redesigned, there are still hints of its eventful history. Three main areas of Courthouse Hotel are named after local criminals and still boast metal reinforced doors, reports the Daily Mail. The building’s story didn’t stop behind bars, after 1996 it was used as a backdrop for big movies such as Spooks and Luther.

Today Courthouse Hotel is home to incredibly luxurious offerings. Not only do they have an impressive 196-seat cinema, bowling valley, fine-dining at one of their three eclectic restaurants, a heated indoor pool, and the world-class Sanook spa. For a full Courthouse experience, you simply must indulge yourself in one of their royalty-worthy suites. The Lalique Penthouse Suite will see that your stay is filled with art. The walls are adorned with art nouveau and art deco works that will make your stay that much more special.

Now that’s a kind of jail you can lock us in any day. In a city as rich in culture as London, you might as well get a fully immersive English experience. The Courthouse Hotel has over 100 years of London’s history under its roof, it’s time to make your own history at this unique new hotel.

Silk Restaurant
Lalique Suite by Jarek Klocinski Photography
Lalique Suite by Jarek Klocinski Photography