THE CUR­TAIN

45 Cur­tain Road, EC2A 3PT ho­tel. qan­tas.com.au/the­cur­tain­lon­don

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You’re just as likely to rub shoul­ders with cre­atives in jeans and sneak­ers as suit­edand-booted types at this new Shored­itch bolt­hole, a trilby’s throw from where the Cur­tain The­atre – an old haunt of Wil­liam Shake­speare – stood. New York hote­lier Michael Achen­baum has brought a Man­hat­tan-ware­house vibe, with the 120 spa­cious rooms and suites flaunt­ing ex­posed red-brick walls, Blue­tooth­con­nected Mar­shall speak­ers and eclec­tic art (in­clud­ing de­pic­tions of tod­dler DJs, a go­rilla play­ing with Ru­bik’s cubes and David Bowie in all his pomp). The steam show­ers are won­der­fully re­fresh­ing.

Busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties You can “work” while brows­ing Shored­itch’s fastchang­ing sky­line from a deckchair on the ter­race of Lido rooftop restau­rant. The pick of the events rooms is a 42-seat re­treat with a 1.5-me­tre, 4K screen, leather walls and so­fas and a cock­tail bar. Wi-fi Com­pli­men­tary through­out.

Food and drink There’s a taco eatery by the lobby and an off­shoot of renowned Har­lem restau­rant Red Rooster in the base­ment. Try the fried yard bird or Obama short ribs (ap­par­ently the ex-pres­i­dent is a fan). Live gospel mu­sic and DJs add to the up­lift­ing at­mos­phere.

Fit­ness and well­be­ing There’s a new-smelling 24-hour gym with Life Fit­ness ma­chines, plus a spa.

Run route The ho­tel’s built-up en­vi­rons aren’t ideal for run­ning but 1.5 kilo­me­tres north is jog­ger­friendly Shored­itch Park and the tow­paths of Re­gent’s Canal.

Cof­fee nearby A five-minute walk up the road, Fix 126 (fix-cof­fee.co.uk) has good cof­fee and tasty pas­tries.

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