Corner London City Review: A Hip Urban Retreat With Plenty of Character

Friday 08th Sep 2023 |

Eye-catching interiors, friendly staff, cosy rooms and close proximity to some of the East End’s coolest bars districts and hangout spots make Corner London City stand out. Throw in a great bar and casual restaurant, some impressive eco-credentials, and meticulous attention to detail, and you can see why this hotel has acquired so many rave reviews.

Perched on the edge of Altab Ali Park, Corner’s location is within walking distance of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Spitalfield Market, and close to Aldgate East tube station. Your spoilt for choice when it comes to great coffee shops around here, and if you want a spot of culture, we can highly recommend the Van Gogh Experience which is 10 minutes away on foot. 

Corner was previously a QBic Hotel in a former life and certainly bears similarities to the hotel we reviewed in Manchester. The self-check-in system still stands and the vibe is laidback, eclectic and fresh. 

Corner has given the space its own spin, however, with edgy modern art displays and lush green plants peppered throughout the reception, restaurant and bar area. It creates a relaxed atmosphere that attracts locals looking for the ideal spot to work from their laptops and sip coffee or grab a bite to eat. 

The service here is also worth shouting about. The easy-breezy staff are not just chatty and, on the ball, but seem willing to muck in with everything. You’re never waiting long for anything, whether it’s a drink at the bar or a query relating to your room. 

The Bar + Kitchen is open all day, serving up everything from Chicken Souvlaki and Fish & Chips to burgers and charcuterie platters. We dived into some tasty BBQ Chicken Wings, Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara sauce and Diavola Pizza for lunch, and everything was tasty and reasonably priced. 

A striking pink wall display by the lifts lists some of Corner’s impressive eco-claims, and they really go the extra mile in this area. The hotel features electric car charging points and uses 41% less water than its competitors, which equates to four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Nice. 

This commitment to the environment extends to the rooms too. The beds are big and comfy, with organic mattresses sourced Devon, whilst desks are made from reclaimed wood. Lamps and chairs are crafted from old hosepipes, which adds to the artsy modernist aesthetic. The bathroom pod utilises a water-saving shower and organic toiletries. Dog-friendly rooms are also available.

Much like QBic, each floor has its own drinks station complete with high-end coffee and tea-making facilities. The cardboard cups are generously sized and allow you to enjoy your latte either in your room or on the go. 

The self-service breakfast is well worth checking out too. The diverse selection includes bacon, sausages, eggs and your usual full English items, as well as pastries, granola and yogurt. 

Final verdict

Corner is proof that a 3-star hotel can be anything but drab and run-of-the-mill. Striking interiors, cosy rooms, great service and a strong commitment to sustainability make this urban getaway one of the best budget options in East London. 

Corner London City, 42 Adler Street, London, E1 1EE

Words by Fletch.