Ironically, it doesn’t seem to have any.
Because instead of merely providing a clutch of comfortable, well-designed bedchambers, it also squeezes in a critically lauded restaurant; a bar; a bakery; a food store; and a fairylit rooftop retreat styled after a Mediterranean orangery. In Shoreditch.
Set within a former Victorian warehouse, the whole complex was masterminded by design mogul Sir Terence Conran. So, naturally, it’s beautiful in ways that we can’t possibly describe in words.
But we’re going to try anyway.
Shoreditch. Right on the, ahem, boundary of city slicker territory vs hipster stomping ground, this neighbourhood has everything you could need – if you can’t find it within the hotel itself. A mere smattering of the award-toting restaurants nearby include Indian eatery Dishoom; Ceviche-sibling, Andina; and the Michelin-starred Lyle’s; and you’re equally smothered with cocktail bars. Standouts include TT Liquor, a cocktail den in a former police station; and the sustainability-focused, super technical Scout, from Peg + Patriot’s Matt Whiley – but for the full run-down, have a peruse of our Guide to Shoreditch.
There are but 12 rooms and 5 suites in the hotel, but – as you’d expect from a design guru – it’s all about the details. Toiletries come courtesy of Aesop, and mid-afternoon snacks are brought up from Albion downstairs (more on that later). Each are individually themed after a different designer or aesthetic movement (surprise!) and are kitted out with glossy coffee table tomes to peruse at your leisure, besides all the usual home comforts. Upgrade to one of of the duplex suites, and you’ll be staying in a two level mini-apartment, complete with terrace, double-height windows, and, if you’re lucky, Sir Conran’s supposed favourite chair.
THE FOOD & DRINK
About that restaurant, bar and bakery… this fine, wine-lined dining space is Tratra, the most recent space to join the establishment under the care of lauded French chef, Stéphane Reynaud. His first venture off the continent, it’s a laid-back, classy space in which you can indulge in wine, charcuterie, and lesser-known French meat dishes like suckling pig crepinette (a flattened sausage), served with dates and creamy mash. If you’re after more of a ‘neighbourhood’-styled eatery, look no further than Albion, the ground-floor corner bistro with al fresco seating and its own bakery and produce shop. Finally, there’s the rooftop bar – a heated, partially covered space with panoramic skyline views, where you can take lunch, dinner, or just cocktails as you perch under the shade of century-old olive trees or snuggle by the fireside.
We know what you’re thinking. “Well of course it offers a panoramic rooftop bar, two restaurants, a wine bar and a bakery. What does it do that sets it apart from every other hotel-dining-bar-bakery complex in Shoreditch?” Well, ye of little faith, they’ll even run private yoga sessions in your room, or on the rooftop, overlooking the rest of the city as the sun rises…
Downward-facing dog’s never been easier.
NOTE: A room at Boundary starts at £170 per night. To find out more and reserve a room, take a look at their website HERE.
Boundary | 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD
Finding your feet in Shoreditch? You could probably do with this here area guide…