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Thistle Barbican Shoreditch

3-star3 stars
Central Street, Clerkenwell, London, England, EC1V 8DS, United Kingdom

3-star hotel with spa, near Barbican Arts Centre
  • Free WiFi in the lobby
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
Tasty breakfast
Great pool
Great location
Great wellness & sports facilities

Thistle Barbican Shoreditch

from £79
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Standard Single Room
  • Standard Double Room
  • Family Room for 3
  • Deluxe Double Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Deluxe Twin Room, 2 Single Beds
  • Executive Double Room, 1 King Bed
  • Junior Suite, 1 Double Bed with Sofa bed

What’s around Thistle Barbican Shoreditch


  • In London City Centre
  • Barbican Arts Centre (12-minute walk)
  • Museum of London (15-minute walk)
  • Old Bailey (19-minute walk)
  • Liverpool Street (20-minute walk)
  • London Stock Exchange (21-minute walk)
  • St. Paul's Cathedral (22-minute walk)
  • Royal Exchange (25-minute walk)

Getting around

  • London (LHR-Heathrow) 54-min drive
  • London (LCY-London City) 32-min drive
  • London (LGW-Gatwick) 93-min drive
  • London (LTN-Luton) 66-min drive
  • London (STN-Stansted) 56-min drive
  • London (SEN-Southend) 74-min drive
  • London Old Street Station 10-min walk
  • London Farringdon Station 15-min walk
  • London Moorgate Station 17-min walk
  • Old Street Underground Station 10-min walk
  • Barbican Station 11-min walk
  • Angel Underground Station 12-min walk

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 463 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 6 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-noon
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Self parking (limited) *

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa tub
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
Working away
  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Year Built – 1964
  • Lift
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
Languages Spoken
  • Dutch
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa. Services include facials, body wraps, body treatments and manicures and pedicures. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a steam room.

The spa is open daily.


120 Central Brasserie – This restaurant serves breakfast and dinner.

Thistle Barbican Shoreditch’s small print

Also known as

  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
  • Thistle City Barbican London, England
  • Thistle City Barbican Hotel
  • Thistle City Barbican London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel London
  • Thistle City Barbican Hotel
  • Thistle City Barbican London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
  • Thistle City Barbican London, England
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch London
  • Thistle Barbican Shoreditch Hotel London


The property’s pool is closed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to noon. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Pool access available from 8 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

    Optional extras

    Self-parking costs GBP 30 per night

    Rollaway beds are available for GBP 30.0 per day

    Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 15 per person (approximately)

    We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

    Most helpful reviewsReviews are sorted based on what customers found most helpful and our recommendations

    Good 7.4 From 1,218 reviews

    Good 6.0
    Not perfect, but well worth the price
    Very good for the price. Had a lot of modern amenities--24 hour entry, key cards, etc., that you don't get with a lot of the smaller London inns. There was a pool and spa but I didn't have time to check them out. However there were some downsides. No vending machines or ice (at least that I saw). My room had a small ledge in it, which I forgot about in the middle of the night, tripped over, and ended up spraining my ankle. That's my own dumb luck but they should have had some reflective tape on the step. Also, the cleaners knocked on my door unnecessarily several times, once by mistake and once to ask if my room had been cleaned. Another time a cleaner entered accidentally without knocking first. Not a big deal but it was somewhat annoying. Still, I'd stay there again.
    Molly, usOther trip
    Poor 2.0
    I will not be staying at a Thistle again
    The Thistle Barbican Shoreditch doesn't inspire much confidence in the hotel industry. For over £140 a night, I found you get: a dirty room in a huge need of renovation, and fairly nonchalant reception staff who don't seem to want to help you have a better experience. I spent two nights here, the first I arrived incredibly late and reception was quiet: even so, it took over 20 minutes to get checked in, and I had to leave the main hotel to find my room, which was in a completely separate building that seemed to be where they hotel put all those on a corporate rate. It seemed like a hostel to be honest: very small rooms facing out onto a pretty grim central shaft that was covered in grime. On my second night, I asked to be moved, as I simply wasn't happy with the cleanliness of the original room. I was told that it was what I'd ordered, although they could upgrade me for a small fee to a twin room. I reiterated the fact that it wasn't the size of the room that bothered me, more the quality. Also, I had been overcharged for my stay, which I then questioned with the reception. It took a further 25 mins of waiting to get a new room and an apology for the overcharge. This stay has not only put me off staying at not only this Thistle, but the entire chain.
    Lucy, gb1 night business trip
    Very good 8.0
    Lovely hotel - fantastic Reception service
    One lift was out of order for our whole stay. Breakfast was good apart from sausage. After first day no biscuits were lef in our room. No reply from Reception by phone so went down and they arranged for lots of biscuits for us! So that was a good response! Also couldn't get hair dryer to work, but eventually found a switch outside the bathroom almost at floor level. A notice as to operation of hair dryer would be useful as I tried every switch available before I eventually found correct one! Reception placed 2 slices of cheese cake in our room - fantastic! Had Fish and Chips for evening meal and fish was superb.
    Ann, gbRomance trip
    Very good 8.0
    There is generally insufficient signage fronting on Central Street to indicate that the main entrance is on a driveway off Lever Street. I liked the hotel's location, which was within easy walking distance of good bus and Tube services and is reasonably convenient for pedestrian exploration of Shoreditch. I visited during an unusual heat wave, so I hope that my experience of the hotel's non-air-conditioned public spaces and guest rooms is fairly uncommon for other guests. The 'script' for service in the hotel's cafe and bars was not obvious, and cafe/bar staff members were not very helpful when asked about what was available and how to order it. Most staff members seemed to expect that guests would just know how things are done at this hotel.
    usFamily trip
    Fair 4.0
    Could do a lot lot better
    When my wife & I arrived shortly after the 3pm checkin time the reception desk was manned by two trainees. We were told our room was not available. The one who served us was extremely inexperienced and quite frankly struggled to help us. He had to continually seek support and guidance, firstly from the other more experienced trainee, whose attitude left very much to be desired - he had an attitude issue with his colleague to whom he continually talked down to, he did his best to undermine him, he takes 'down' to him and was very dismissive of him. My wife and I both found this to be rather embarrassing. Eventually a more experienced member of the reception staff appeared from a back office to assist the first trainee and complete our checkin. By this time he was totally confused and we ended up with only one keycard that worked. Given that we had paid nearly £120 per night for room only, our room was rather small, did not have aircon and was next to the lift making it rather noisy. Also the windows could only opened if we made a specific request to reception. I did use the pool and sauna which are probably the best feature of this establishment. Would I use it again? No!! Would I recommend it to family and friends? No!!
    Jonathan, gbRomance trip

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