Travel is something that I’m keen to build upon on my blog in 2018 and recently I got on board with the Ibis Influencer programme as one of their ambassadors and back at the start of December I was invited on down to the ibis London City – Shoreditch hotel with my favourite plus one (Laura) to a unique ibis Lates on Tour gig at The Roundhouse. Ibis Lates on Tour showcase some of the UK’s best young emerging acts and the gig at the Roundhouse was the third ibis Lates on Tour event of the year, following Birmingham and Manchester. As part of the event we were given a one night stay at the hotel, as well as nibbles and drinks at the hotel before we left, and then of course breakfast the next day. Laura and I met a couple of hours before the gig so that we could check in, get ready and drink some prosecco+ chambord in the room, like the classy girls that we like to pretend we are. We then headed down to the bar where we met the lovely Sam who had organised the event, as well as Kay, Leigh, Tajinder and Haydy – a seriously sassy fun bunch of ladies (and +1s!). It was really nice to have a chat whilst having a bite to eat and some cocktails before heading to the gig, and then the taxis arrived and whisked us off to the venue.
The gig itself was held in the venues ‘Made’ Bar which was a great size venue for the intimate gig and we had our own area with flowing beer, wine and then pizza – it was the perfect set up. Between some of the first acts we were given the amazing opportunity to go on a tour around the Roundhouse studios, which I had no idea even existed! It was really fascinating to learn about the amazing venue and the studios and all that the Roundhouse does for young people trying to get their music out there. From the support, to the technical, to everything.
I’ve stayed at the Brighton ibis before (post here), but it was great to try one of the London ones out. The London city – Shoreditch one that we stayed in was less than 5 minutes from the Aldgate East tube station and was also next to pretty well stocked Tesco Express, which is always handy if you’re trying to do a city break on a budget. The lobby area of the hotel is pretty massive and the layout is open with the bar area to the side, leading round to the restaurant, the lifts on another and some seating in another corner. It was my first time staying in a receptionless hotel which was a novelty but worked easily and well and after a quick check in, I had our room cards and we went off to our room. Ibis hotels are pretty basic, no frills type of hotels. But they’re clean, comfortable, modern, simple and do the job. I slept like a baby and although our room was facing directly onto a pretty noisey road I barely noticed the noise. But that might’ve been the wine. Maybe. After the event, and hotel stay we of course got to sample the breakfast and it was a great breakfast with all your classic full English type items, various types of breads, condiments, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, pastries – everything you could need. I always like to look into Ibis hotels if I need to stay in London overnight, or anywhere around the country as you know exactly what you’re getting – and the breakfast is well worth the stay!
Have you stayed in an Ibis before – do you have a favourite simple London go-to hotel?