Ibis Lates: Live Music In Your Hotel Lobby

I love a good hotel stay. Even when it’s in my own city. Especially in my own city, sometimes. Staycations rule. Another thing I’m a big fan of, as you’ll likely realise, is heading out for a bit of live music. This month, I got to combine the two. Pretty awesome, eh?

As part of Ibis Hotels‘ new partnership with the Roundhouse in Camden, they’re taking live music to the road, putting on a series of exclusive gigs in Ibis Hotels around the UK. To launch the series, they held a launch night at the London City Shoreditch Ibis, and yours truly went along to have a drink and a boogie with bed/a pair of flat shoes just a few floors away. Brilliant.

First up on arrival, I checked into my room – the perfect place to get ready for the night. As I was by myself, I had plenty of room to spread out and make a mess all over the floor within about three minutes – but it’d also have been plenty enough space for two people to stay comfortably.

Live Music in London at Ibis Lates ShoreditchLive Music in London at Ibis Lates ShoreditchJay Johnson at Ibis Lates

Once I’d put my face and fave playsuit on, I headed down to the bar area to join the party. Sipping on cocktails in milk bottles and Koppabergs, the atmosphere was great. Plus they had some fabulous celebrity masks and inflatable props to play around with. I made Will.I.Am dad dance and it was pretty epic (and now forever lost on Snapchat. Soz guys).

The first act of the night, and my favourite, was Jay Johnson. With folk inspired-songwriting with an urban flair, he also showed off his awesome guitar skills, at one point flipping his guitar over and playing it percussive style. Yes, I had to Google that. It basically means when you drum on the body as well as actually playing. And it’s definitely impressive.

As well as Jay’s perfomance, we also checked out Soma, a group of musicians who met on the Roundhouse’s Music Collective Programme. The programme gives young people the chance to develop their emerging musical talents, and it definitely proved a success with Soma’s eclectic musical repertoire. To end the evening, Estee Blu delivered a smooth blend of R&B, jazz and gospel inspired tracks from her first EP, Introducing Estee Blu.

Soma at Ibis LatesEstee Blu at Ibis Lates

After the acts had finished and DJ span some awesome tracks and I got pretty excited by the inclusion of a bit of classic Blue, I headed up to my room for some quality snooze. Crawling into my king size bed and getting cosy under the sheets, I had one of the best sleeps I’d had in quite a while. So good, in fact, I managed to miss breakfast the next morning before I headed to work. And managed to leave the hotel in a massive rush with my dress tucked into my tights. Oops.

Although the music wasn’t my usual style (I’m normally found circling around the outside of a sweaty moshpit), it was a really fun evening and I loved the hotel. It’s the perfect location for getting into the heart of London, and the rooms are welcoming and cosy. Definitely somewhere I’d hit up for a city break if I was visiting!

The Ibis Lates tour will be hitting cities around the UK – check out the Ibis website for more details!

*I was a guest of Ibis for the gig – all opinions and inability to wake up on time my own.

  • LaaLaa

    This looks like a good evening, something I’d enjoy. You look really good girl xo

  • Jazmin Williams

    I always stay in Ibis! Getting home from a gig in Cardiff is a proper nightmare, so we usually book into the Ibis opposite the venue. It’s fab. I’d love to attend this! Hope the tour stops by Cardiff 🙂 x

  • I have never stayed in an Ibis before but this sounds like a great night! I love your outfit too! xx

  • I have to admit I had no idea Ibis did nights like this how cool, sounds like a great night.

  • I had no idea that Ibis did this kind of thing, it sounds so cool! I’d love to get my friends together to go to something like this and then be able to snuggle down for the night in a comfy bed too. The inclusion of the music reminded me of when they had the student bands night at university – those were good fun! Must check out Jay Johnson as I love folk infused music. Loved your outfit too! – Tasha

  • What a fantastic event for a hotel to host! A great idea! Good music, drinks, and all indoors so you have easy access to your bed afterwards. Love it!

  • I think I saw this advertised last time I was at the Roundhouse, looks like such a fun event. Music and an awesome hotel room! x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    It definitely looks like an amazing event and even more so for a hotel to host it x

  • Bex Smith

    This sounds like such a fab event and so great for a hotel to host it so you don’t have far to go to get to bed, haha!

  • Sounds like a really fun event, love this idea!

  • Leah Shafik

    What a great idea! It’s a way to do something different to other budget hotels x

  • Sounds like a fab event, what a great idea! xo


  • What a great idea and the event looked fab! x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I love the idea of the exclusive gigs it’s a great way to get people interested in coming along to checkout the hotel.

  • Wow! That is epic I love the sound of an exclusive gig I think that would be a lot of fun. So sad about the lost dad dance video. That is something I would have loved to see!

  • jigsawparenting

    oh wow this looks and sounds amazing would be right up my street. Looks as if you had an amazing time. The pictures are great.

  • Natasha Mairs

    sound really great, and looks like you had a fab time! And I really love your outfit!!

  • It sounds like you had a really good time! You really suit your red hair x

  • Le Coin de Mel

    That’s a brilliant initiative and it sounds like you enjoyed your evening even though it wasn’t your typical choice of music