After two years of uncertainty during the pandemic, The Curtain finally fell.
But in its place, another luxe hotel group, Mondrian, have taken over the converted warehouse and turned it into an equally beautiful spot…
You’ll find it down in Shoreditch, which means you’ll have Brick Lane and all its delights on your doorstep. You can walk around and take touristy photos (ironically, of course) in front of walls plastered in graffiti, browse vintage shops, or pick from one of the many famed bagel shops or curry houses on offer. Independent cinema Rich Mix is just down the road, or if ping pong’s your thing, you’re right around the corner from Bounce. Thursday through Sunday, Old Spitalfields Market fills up with stalls hawking vintage and antique collectables, alongside street food traders. And Sunday mornings should be spent at the bustling Columbia Road Flower Market before browsing bric-a-brac at the Old Truman Brewery.
For local restaurants there’s Smokestak, serving up fall-off-the-bone brisket and possibly the most delicious sticky toffee in London; there’s Dishoom for melt-in-the-mouth Indian; Lyle’s for creative Modern British; and Som Saa for tell-your-friends-about Thai.
There’s also cocktail bars a plenty – some of the best in London in fact. Happiness Forgets is anything but forgettable, or if you don’t mind a small walk there’s the Discount Suit Company (try the Mi Casa of mezcal, bergamot aperitivo, fino sherry, agave, apple and lemon). If it’s a fancy occasion – or you just really like panoramic views – there’s Duck and Waffle and Sushisamba, perched on the 52nd floor of Heron Tower. And finally, if it’s just a cosy London pub you’re after, The Well and Bucket deserves a mention for its artfully shabby-chic surroundings and excellent seafood.
The rooms have a warehouse feel to them, although in the most luxurious of ways. We’re talking exposed brick walls and hardwood flooring, with plump, stark-white, king-sized beds. They range from regular doubles to huge suites (one with its own living room, dining room and kitchen), and are all kitted out with the same fancy electronics like high-speed internet and Bluetooth-enabled Marshall Speakers.
Shoreditch has plenty to offer by way of food and drink, but so does the hotel. For starters there’s a heated rooftop pool and cocktail bar, Laurel’s On The Roof. Downstairs you’ll also find BiBo, a party restaurant from top Andalusian chef Dani García, and the stylish all-day eatery & bar, Christina’s.
Luckily, it can be yours, too.
NOTE: Double rooms at Mondrian Shoreditch start from £264 a night. You can find out more and book on their website HERE.
Mondrian Shoreditch | 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
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