Ace Hotel London | UK WEDDING BLOG

By Laura

Afternoon! Autumn has well and truly hit us although I’m rather enjoying these misty mornings, sun-filled days and crisp evenings. You might remember from our Instagram page that we visited Ace Hotel in the heart of Shoreditch, London a couple of weeks ago for their ‘Thoroughly Modern Marriage’ wedding show. It was a great evening with many different suppliers on display such as Space NK for all your bridal makeup to Halfpenny London’s new collection of incredible dresses. Project Love, a podcasting duo, hosted a panel with 3 couples all at different stages of their marriage talking and answering questions about life after the wedding. It was truly fascinating and definitely worth a listen if you get the chance. Ace Hotel were kind enough to let me stay the night too and if you’re a modern, city loving couple this hotel is most definitely for you!

The rooftop terrace of this hotel is the perfect setting for a city wedding. It overlooks all of the main attractions and the room in which the ceremony happens is floor to ceiling glass windows – sunlight literally streams in as you say your vows with the city skyline as your backdrop. There is a terrace to enjoy canapés and drinks on and two spacious rooms to sit and enjoy your wedding breakfast. Of course, this area would exclusively be yours for the day and the cherry on top is that the hotel will offer all of your guests a friendly rate to stay the night so that they don’t have to worry about how to get home.

The hotel itself is super quirky, they have various chill out areas where you can bring your laptop and work or spend the evening in one of their bars working your way through their cocktail menu. They have a 24-hour gym if you fancy a workout before your big day and a fully-stocked mini bar in each room – I mean what more do you need? The hotel is lined with art from local artists and adds to its hipster vibe.

The rooms have this Brooklyn feel, with vintage furniture and low beds, you almost feel like you should look out your window and see the streets of New York. They have thought of every eventuality, leaving you with the aforementioned fully stocked mini bar but also a small larder of non-perishables to see you through your stay plus the usual tea and coffee stations that you would expect to find. Our room was super spacious – and that was with a king sized bed, a corner sofa and table and chairs. My one criticism was that it was great to have a full length mirror that had good lighting but there were no plugs near it so I couldn’t actually see in the mirror to straighten my hair. There were plug sockets everywhere which is great but without an extension lead, not one of them was close to the mirror.

Ace made a reservation for us in their restaurant, Hoi Palloi, that evening and I hadn’t really made the effort to look at their menu beforehand but my god was I impressed. As soon as the doors opened, the atmosphere was palpable, the décor was on point and there was this Saturday night buzz about the place so I immediately knew it was going to be good. We were seated and greeted by Daniel our waiter (who was fantastic the whole evening, giving us recommendations and keeping the chat short but fun) and although the menu is small, every choice sounded delicious.

After opening a bottle of rosé, we selected our starters; I went for the crab salad and Fraser had the Wood pigeon, rabbit and bacon terrine which looked incredible. They tickled our taste buds and left us excited for our mains. We decided to share because it all sounded too good to only taste one dish; we ordered the Hoi Paloi mac & cheese with short rib and the squid romesco – both were sensational. My favourite course is always dessert so when I saw chocolate fondant on the menu I couldn’t say no – it was gooey in the middle and you know when the waiter says it takes about 15 minutes you know that the chefs are literally making it from scratch. Fraser had the lemon Baked Alaska which was as tasty as it was aesthetically pleasing. All in all, the food was fantastic putting all your worries at ease about the catering should you choose to have your reception at the Ace Hotel.

If you’re looking for a venue that is in the heart of London, that almost has this blank canvas feel so you can personalise the venue however you like then definitely take a look at the Ace Hotel. The staff are super accommodating and it’s worth a visit for the views alone.

{We were a guest of the Ace Hotel but as ever we only write about places we truly love}

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