Playful enjoyable is the aesthetic of Mama Shelter Shoreditch, the London outpost of a sequence with branches in 13 cities from Los Angeles to Luxembourg. That is made evident as quickly as you enter – the foyer sports activities brilliant clashing colors, a retro arcade recreation and a cupboard with varied child- and adult-friendly toys on the market.

That is clearly a spot for younger professionals on the lookout for a great time in one of many capital’s most outstanding get together places. 

The placement 

Mama Shelter Shoreditch just isn’t strictly in Shoreditch, however slightly a 25-minute stroll away, in Cambridge Heath. Regardless of the marginally deceptive title, guests shouldn’t be dissatisfied by this reality. Actual Londoners will vouch that Cambridge Heath is considerably cooler than its now barely company neighbour, making it the perfect spot for the younger crowd that this resort is clearly geared toward.

With world-leading golf equipment equivalent to Oval Area and the Pickle Manufacturing facility proper subsequent door, plus Colombia Street Flower Market a mere ten-minute stroll away, there may be nothing second-best about this location.

The rooms

Rooms listed here are easy, clear and cozy. After I arrive, my giant mattress is roofed in crisp white sheets and there’s a bowl of recent fruit to greet me. My rest room is properly stocked with eco-friendly toiletries, together with a shampoo bar that I’m inspired to take residence with me. 

All this feels like your traditional city-break spot. And but, this resort room – which seems very conventional on a primary look – is peppered with cheeky touches. Messages are scrawled in lipstick on my mirrors (one, which reads “name me”, is the quantity for reception), playful masks are tied round my bedposts (that can be purchased for a surprisingly hefty value) and, if the enormous mirror above my mattress isn’t an indicator of what this resort’s all about, then the marketed amenity of free porn in each room actually is. 

Consuming and consuming

Just like the reception space and the rooms, the main target of Mama Shelter’s eating scene is all about playful enjoyable. My meal within the restaurant options not one however two gadgets which might be set on fireplace at my desk (one is a tropical cocktail served in a picket tiki cup, the opposite a pecan pie) – and I wouldn’t be shocked if there are extra gadgets so as to add to the listing of pyrotechnics.

Arancini balls

The cocktail menu incorporates all of the classics, plus a extra artistic signature listing (in each flavour and presentation). I pattern one which incorporates banana liqueur and is garnished with a big banana leaf and flamed banana discs (sadly these are pre-flambéed and I miss out on a 3rd table-side present). 

The starters right here have been clearly designed with consuming in thoughts. The n’duja doughnut could be excellent alongside a chilly beer, whereas the truffle arancini may make glorious grazing fodder throughout some pre-party drinks.

For the mains, there’s one thing for everybody. The meals is impressed by all the most important hitters from world wide, with fish and chips and burgers sitting alongside cod with lobster velouté and a grilled swordfish dish with lemongrass and coconut. It’s all a little bit dear, and nothing groundbreaking, flavour-wise, however the vibrant eating room and the get together ambiance (DJs and reside bands often carry out right here) make this spot an awesome start line for an enormous evening out in London. 

Mama Shelter Shoreditch restaurant

The get together retains on going

For individuals who have loved just a few too many cocktails within the restaurant, Mama Shelter Shoreditch has karaoke rooms out there for rent within the basement, which means the get together by no means has to finish. There are extra arcade machines right here, in addition to a merchandising machine that, after I go to, is bought out of every part apart from condoms. 

A karaoke room

For the extra saintly of visitors, there’s a small health club out there to be used with high-tech gear that features a Peloton bike. Different facilities embody bookable co-working areas and dog-friendly bedrooms, though I’m unsure I’d need to deliver both my boss or my pet to share the get together ambiance with me. 


Rooms right here begin from round £200 per evening, which is surprisingly accessible for a resort of this normal in such a classy London location. If what you’re on the lookout for is a weekend of frivolous enjoyable with out breaking the financial institution, then this positively meets the mark. 

Mama Shelter Shoreditch, 437 Hackney Rd, London, E2 8PP;