Effortlessly edgy hotel The Curtain slots perfectly into its Shoreditch surroundings, with exposed brick walls and custom artwork by Mick Rock. If the dulcet tones of a live gospel choir (who sing every Sunday) don't rouse you to try the soul food at chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster restaurant, the scent of chicken 'n' waffles will. There’s also an adjacent taqueria and a Mediterranean restaurant beside the glittering rooftop pool. A hefty helping of bars serve up a wide range of wines, whiskies and cocktails curated by hip, sustainability-focused drinks outfit Trash Tiki; more surprises await in the basement: a members’ club, screening room, 24-hour gym, and a spa that operates a pop-up-style rotation of the newest pampering treatments.
Trio of restaurants
Mick Rock artwork
Buffet breakfast for two at Lido Brasserie
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All public areas of the hotel are wheelchair accessible and some of the Courtyard and City rooms are adapted for limited mobility, as is the Curtain Suite.Not only is the Vault at the Curtain open 24 hours a day and filled with cutting-edge training equipment – including a trapeze-reminiscent TRX set-up – but it’s also manned by four personal trainers at all times. This isn’t your run-of-the-(tread)mill hotel fitness-room, but a modern gym in which you’ll have access to London’s leading fitness experts, dynamic music-filled yoga sessions and rave-worthy Boom Cycle spin classes in the basement club. Guests staying in the Curtain Suite can join yoga classes for free on Saturdays (for up to two guests).
Grow a beard and pack pop-culture-referencing tees and accessories if you really want to fit in with the locals…
A little rock-star leather, a hint of brightly coloured Mexican-inspired finery to match Red Rooster's vibrancy and something that subtly shows off that artful tattoo.
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Hip hotel The Curtain blends in so well with its Shoreditch surroundings, you’d think it had been there since the Bard’s time (much like its long-demolished namesake theatre). This carefully-curated stay has a starter-kit for east London cool: bedside Marshall speakers? Check. In-room French press with locally-roasted beans? Check. Fully-stocked minibar with local goodies and full-size bottles for in-room cocktails? Check.
You could camp out in your artfully-designed room for your entire stay (a Sundowner drinks cart wheels around early every evening), but then you’d miss acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson’s soul food at the Red Rooster outpost downstairs (there’s a taqueria too), and the date-worthy Mediterranean eatery by the rooftop pool, because of course there’s a rooftop pool at this thought-of-everything stay. There are also so many bars, you could do a complete pub crawl inside the hotel, and if you’re feeling virtuous, there’s a 24-hour all-mod gym and a soothing spa too. You’ll have to gain access to the exclusive members' club for on-site tattoos though. Ah well. Maybe next time.
45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 4PJ, United Kingdom
2.6 mi / 4.1 km from city centre
- Aerobics instruction
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
Like its sister restaurant in Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch focuses on American comfort food. Founder and acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson has dreamed up a menu with classics from the flagship – cornbread with honey butter and chicken ‘n’ waffles with hot Bourbon maple-syrup. Dishes dreamed up exclusively for the Shoreditch outpost include herring with horseradish and pickled turnips, and lamb meatballs with gnocchi. There’s a stage at one end of this vibrantly-decorated diner for daily live music, including a gospel choir on Sundays. Red Rooster courtyard has a retractable roof, half-moon sofa and an enclosed smoking area where you’ll find the Hatch, a bar window through which you can order rum-laced hot chocolate in the winter and refreshing ice creams in the warmer months. Poolside Lido Brasserie is a fresh Mediterranean-style restaurant with an extensive wine list. The ceiling and glass walls are both fully retractable, so on London’s rare warm days, you can dine alfresco, under the shade of a pergola.
In Red Rooster, pull up a bar stool by the open kitchen to watch the chefs in action, or cosy up on the blue-velvet sofas.
Red Rooster is open from noon to 1am (2am Thursdays and Fridays) during the week, and 11am to 2am on the weekend. Tienda Roosteria is open daily from 7am to 2am; breakfast there or up at the Lido Brasserie from 7am to 11am.
Cheese boards, club sandwiches, salads, fully-loaded bagels, chips and more can be delivered to your room at any time of the day or night.
Drinks in the Green Room – the concrete-floored lobby-level bar that’s decked out in rich velvets, metallic accents and floor-to-ceiling murals – are curated by the hotel’s drinks mastermind Jenny Willing. The cocktails are inspired by the local area – there’s East London Liquor Company demerara rum in the Baby Grand, London turmeric honey in the Forbidden Fruit, and a dash of E5 sourdough in the Bread and Butter Sazarace. Trash Tiki, the anti-waste cocktail specialists, have curated the drinks for the hotel’s other two bars. Red Rooster’s drinks menu takes a cue from its food with a rum- and turmeric-laced JL Swizzle and a Lindy Hop Sour with bourbon and blood-orange. Basement bar Billy’s is members-only; the drinks list has classic cocktails and an impressive array of whiskies.
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