As if Shoreditch wasn’t vibrant enough, New York hotelier Michael Achenbaum’s new east London venture, The Curtain, provides a central new hub for creative professionals with a taste for luxury (and Trash Tiki cocktails). Where else could you find a lavish hotel complete with Bushwick warehouse style windows and a rooftop pool that you can view the skyline from? Fresh from its opening last month, The Curtain boasts 120 unsparingly decorated guest room suites, a restaurant from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and several exclusive members areas.
A little bit of New York on the streets of Shoreditch.
Samuelsson’s restaurant, Red Rooster, is a long-awaited import from Harlem that provides the heart and soul of Achenbaum’s hotel. Serving up a mixture of signature dishes from its Stateside flagship – think cornbread doused in honey butter, sea urchin mayo devilled eggs, and candied bacon – as well as a few new creations that have been concocted with its new Shoreditch residence in mind, Samuelsson has endeavoured to create a space that fuses London and Harlem together in a celebration of music, culture, and food. On Thursday night you can enjoy Aunt Maybel’s Dumplings – lamb neck, olive, and tomato gnocchi – to a live contemporary jazz band, while on Sundays the restaurant hosts a “Gospel Brunch”; take your pick (or two).
As well as Red Rooster, the hotel also boasts a taqueria, Tienda Roosteria, for lighter bites, and an oyster-laden brassiere, LIDO, ready to serve pool-side guests. You may be worried about the likelihood of rain – this is London after all – but don’t be; the pool comes fully heated with a retractable glass roof for (more or less) every impending weather disaster. Going into the evening, Billy’s Bar’s opens up its louche, speakeasy-style interior for members to enjoy a cocktail in, the perfect precursor to a night spent in one of The Curtain’s four styles of rooms. We would recommend a Loft room, but be warned that they’re already in high demand.