THE CURTAIN

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Escape -

The New York hote­lier Michael Achen­baum, who is be­hind the city’s glit­ter­ing Gan­sevoort ho­tels, has brought his magic touch to a red-brick site on the cor­ner of Curtain Road in Shored­itch. This fash­ion­able haven now of­fers 120 guest-rooms and suites, and the sec­ond out­post of the chef Mar­cus Sa­muels­son’s Har­lem soul-food restau­rant Red Rooster, where live jazz and whole fried chick­ens pre­sented with fire­works are the or­der of the day. You’ll also find a well­ness sanc­tu­ary and screen­ing-room, plus ac­cess to a mem­ber­sonly area that com­prises a mu­sic venue, two late-night bars and plenty of workspaces. Walls fea­ture orig­i­nal Banksy acid-house art­work and Mick Rock’s por­traits of leg­endary mu­si­cians, from David Bowie to Queen. But the pièce de ré­sis­tance is Lido, the ho­tel’s rooftop oa­sis, where you can sip po­tent gin and ton­ics in fish­bowl glasses from the wooden deckchairs that line the bi­jou pool.

From £240 a room a night (020 3146 4545; www.the­cur­tain.com).

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