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The Curtain

A little bit of New York on the streets of Shoreditch.

Exterior

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.

Billy’s Bar (Members space)

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.

LIDO Rooftop (Hotel Guests and Members space) and Red Rooster (Open to the Public)

City Room and Bathroom

Words
Rosanna Dodds
The Curtain

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