London, United Kingdom

The Curtain

Rates from (ex tax)$208.21

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Class act

Setting

Exclusively East London

Hip hotel The Curtain slots perfectly into its Shoreditch surroundings; this effortlessly edgy hotel rocks exposed brick walls and psychedelic artwork. Hailing from Harlem, soul-food restaurant Red Rooster has made its second home here; it’s joined by a taqueria, for east-to-west-coast dining. A wide range of wines, whiskies and cocktails – curated by sustainable-drinks collective Trash Tiki – are poured out in the hotel’s hefty helping of bars. On the rooftop there’s a glittering city-view pool and a pergola-shaded eatery, and in the basement you’ll find a members’ club, a 24-hour gym and a spa that operates a pop-up-style rotation of the latest pampering treatments. 

 

Smith Extra

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Two free cocktails from the sundowner trolley and guaranteed early check-in or late check-out for up to an hour; guests staying in the Shoreditch Suites or Curtain Suite get access to the hotel's members club

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

120, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability (and for an extra charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $208.21 (£163), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a welcome drink at reception on arrival and some include English breakfast (for room only rates English breakfast costs £25, Continental £17 and à la carte items start at £9).

Also

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.

At the hotel

Spa, members’ club, screening room, ballroom, gym, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, Marshall Bluetooth speaker, tea- and coffee-making kit with Ozone coffee, fully-stocked minibar, bottled water, La Bottega bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love the Shoreditch Suite’s cheeky claw-foot bath tub, set in full view of the bed. For a room with a – less-naughty – view, the Terrace Loft Suite has a private, city-gazing outdoor space for you, your special guest, and 13 more of your closest friends.

Poolside

The rooftop plunge pool is just big enough for leisurely laps and looks out over the graffiti-splattered surrounds of east London. There’s a submerged bench along one side of the pool, and white-cushioned sunloungers are laid out along a wrap-around terrace.

Spa

Welcoming an array of pop-ups, the Curtain Spa collaborates with the best brands in pampering and wellness; the rotating menu covers facials, massages, sports physiotherapy and beautifying treatments. The spa has three treatment rooms, a sauna, mani-pedi stations and a hairdresser; there’s also a chill-out area where guests can relax with home-made granola bars and healthy juices.

Packing tips

Grow a beard and pack pop-culture-referencing tees and accessories if you really want to fit in with the locals…

Also

From 5pm to 7pm the Sundowner vintage bar cart, manned by an expert mixologist, makes the rounds by every guestroom; now that’s the kind of room service we can get behind.

Pet‐friendly

A dog can stay for free in any of the rooms. See more pet-friendly hotels in London.

Children

Welcome, but not catered to (there’s a bar around every corner).

Food and Drink

Photos The Curtain food and drink

Top Table

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.

Dress Code

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.

Hotel restaurant

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. All-day eatery Tienda Roosteria has a Mexican-inspired breakfasts and tacos to snack on, chased with tequila or beer. 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.  

Hotel bar

Trash Tiki, the anti-waste cocktail specialists, have curated the drinks for the hotel’s two bars. Latin-inspired cocktails in Tienda Roosteria use sustainable ingredients; agave spirits including tequila, mezcal, pisco and cachaça feature prominently. Drink options for the two in-house slushy machines will change seasonally. 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. 

Last orders

Red Rooster is open from 12 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.

Room service

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.

Location

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Address
The Curtain
45 Curtain Road
London
EC2A 4PJ
London
United Kingdom

Planes

London City Airport is the closest to the hotel, around a 30-minute drive, and London Heathrow is an hour away by car; call the Smith24 Team to arrange flights. The hotel can arrange transfers from both (price on request).

Trains

Liverpool Street Station serves the overground and London underground; it’s a mile from the hotel; call ahead to arrange transfers, or stroll through Shoreditch if you’re light on luggage. On the opposite side of the hotel, Old Street underground station is on the Northern line and connects to Saint Pancras, Euston and London Bridge.

Automobiles

There’s no need to drive yourself around London, but if you are arriving in your own set of wheels, there’s a car park across the street; rates start from £16 for two hours.

Worth getting out of bed for

Explore the markets of Spitalfields and Brick Lane, or street-food market Dinerama in warmer months. Rent a sleek and stylish cycle from Tokyobike and explore the city on two wheels, or arrange for an outing with SideStory and have a guided tour of East London’s famous street art or the newest cool kids on the bar scene. History buffs can check out The Geffrye, an 18th-century almshouse turned garden-surrounded museum, or Bethnal Green’s V&A Museum of Childhood. If you’re up bright and early on a Sunday, stroll over to the Columbia Road Flower Market (it kicks off at 8am, and we’d recommend going early) for your weekly fill of authentic hawking and a colour wheel-spanning blooms.

Local restaurants

Peruvian restaurant Andina dishes out fresh, healthy fare inspired by the cuisine of the Andes (and a Pisco-heavy cocktail menu too); go for brunches and dinners of sharing plates, including all manner of ceviche and hot corn-cakes. The daily-changing Italian menu at 8 Hoxton Square includes charcuterie platters, dishes of polenta, wild mushrooms, burrata and truffle, and lemon panna cotta; their spaghetti with truffles is deceptively simple, but incredibly flavoursome. Kiwi chef-led The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell is light and oh-so-aesthetically appealing. Start with Za’atar focaccia and work your way to tamarind- and miso-marinated onglet steak or Vietnamese-style roast pork belly; save room for after-dinner cocktails, cheese plates and heady desserts, including cardamom-and-coffee cheesecake mousse. Michelin-starred Ellory serves a daily-changing menu of modern European sharing plates, paired with wines plucked from all over European.

Local cafés

Beagle sits under the arches of nearby Hoxton station; this eatery is a local go-to for brunches of eggs many-ways and a modern take on the traditional Sunday roast. Can’t get enough of your in-room, locally-roasted coffee? Head to Leonard street for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon pick-me-up at Ozone Coffee; order eggs with halloumi and kimchi, traditional or vegetarian full-English breakfasts, freshly-baked treats and seriously smooth coffee; be sure to grab a bag of recently-roasted beans to take home with you, too. For a trendy take on traditional bacon-butties, the Spitalfields outpost of St John is famed for its rare-breed porky sandwiches, grilled kipper on sourdough toast, and freshly-baked and filled doughnuts. Afternoon coffees are genteel and relaxed at Shoreditch’s Albion; cosy up at a table inside, or order your cup of joe to go and explore while you sip.

Local bars

There’s no shortage of bars in the Curtain (eight at last count), but if you’d like to venture out, since the area is renowned for its cocktails, the low-lit Peg + Patriot bar at Town Hall Hotel & Apartments is perfect for seasonal pre-dinner drinks of both the classic and weirdly innovative varieties. (Marmite-laced Martini, anyone?) For a slice of traditional pub life head to Columbia Road’s Royal Oak; on warmer days, make a beeline to the beer garden in the back.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this hip warehouse-style hotel in Shoreditch and unpacked their small-batch coffee and vintage finds from Bethnal Green, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust,  the Curtain in London…

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. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Curtain’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The hotel is well located and in very nice setting however the club lounge downstairs makes a lot of noise and it's as if the people are right outside your window talking and yelling. It was impossible to get any sleep between the hours of 11pm and 2:30am due to the noise. The decor is very nice but the rooms are a bit small considering the price. The rooftop is very nice as well and the bar/resto downstairs is very cool.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jun 2017

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