Travel Ho­tel booms in Toronto and Lon­don, plus flights and cruises

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TORONTO has been see­ing a ho­tel boom of late, with Bisha open­ing in Septem­ber and Ho­tel X set to re­vi­tal­ize the iconic On­tario Place space by the lake. But River­side, a neigh­bour­hood just east of the Don Val­ley, is on the hote­lier set’s radar. The Broad­view Ho­tel has opened in an­other iconic, some­what no­to­ri­ous spot, Jilly’s Strip Club. When reimag­in­ing the orig­i­nal 1891 build­ing, an ex­am­ple of Ro­manesque Re­vival style ar­chi­tec­ture, Toronto-based Street­car De­vel­op­ments chose to main­tain its fa­cade, pre­serv­ing the vin­tage feel. A bou­tique prop­erty with 58 rooms, the Broad­view also fea- tures a restau­rant and rooftop bar. the­broad­viewho­tel.ca

LON­DON Across the pond, Michael Achen­baum of Gan­sevoort ho­tels in New York City and Turks and Caicos Is­lands has opened The Cur­tain, a ho­tel, pri­vate mem­bers club, din­ing and mu­sic venue in Shored­itch in Lon­don’s East End. The now chic but once edgy area known for artists’ lofts and a bur­geon­ing tech com­mu­nity is also known for the Columbia Road flower mar­ket, vin­tage shop­ping down Brick Lane and nosh­ing at Old Spi­tal­fields mar­ket. For his first Lon­don out­post, Achen­baum has en­listed some se­ri­ous glob­al­goes-Big Ap­ple culi­nary cool with Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised su­per chef Mar­cus Sa­muels­son, of Har­lem’s famed Red Rooster. “Shored­itch has a mys­tique,” Sa­muels­son tells me, as I bite into his carbs-wor­thy corn­bread. “You see Bri­tish high and low here. The food scene is boom­ing, the mu­sic scene is great, artists are ev­ery­where. It re­minds me of Har­lem; it’s con­stantly chang­ing.” The best part? Per­sonal ser­vice and nary a whiff of hip­ster irony in the place. the­cur­tain.com —VV

“Duck, Duck” at Red Rooster Shored­itch For more on Toronto’s east end, go to www. ev­ery­thing­zoomer. com/broad­vieweast-end. For the corn­bread recipe, go to www.ev­ery thing­zoomer.com/ recipe-corn­bread. In­dus­trial chic meets English ec­cen­tric at The Cur­tain, Lon­don.

Mu­si­cian Grace Jones cel­e­brated her film’s pre­mière dur­ing TIFF at the Broad­view Ho­tel.

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