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A Manhattan-inspired boutique hotel slap-bang in the middle of Shoreditch
The Curtain couldn’t be in a better location, just a few strides from Shoreditch High Street station in one direction, Old Street in the other, and surrounded by an insanely good selection of restaurants and bars. But it’s not like you’ll ever need to leave this hotel: The Curtain doubles as a members’ club, and guests get access to all of it. That means a stunning rooftop pool, gym, spa and screening room, and a club in the basement that’s hosted the likes of Skepta.
The inspiration for The Curtain comes from New York, and you can trace it all the way from the exposed brick walls that recall the warehouses of Manhattan to Harlem’s famous Red Rooster restaurant, which serves delicious deep-fried soul food in the basement. At times, the decor can be a bit much – the super-dim lighting, blingy wallpaper and leather furniture feels a little bit Russian oligarch – but that’s a minor drawback for somewhere that’s cosy, comfortable and quiet. And while The Curtain isn’t the cheapest option in the city, the perks and location more than make up for it.
Sure, Shoreditch is the epitome of London gentrification, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still one of the most exciting places to hang out in city. Located close enough to Central London to get to the main sights and attractions via a short tube ride, but far away enough to feel like you’re in an area that’s still edgy and exciting, it’s a great place for anyone looking to explore all sides of the city.
1. Dishoom: For some of the finest Indian food you’ll ever eat. Go for brunch, order the bacon naan roll.
2. Allpress Espresso: for unbeatable flat whites and tasty pastries.
3. The Book Club: For nights that start with drinking and end with dancing.
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Check out The Curtain’s packed calendar of events, which includes film screenings, workshops and gigs.