Shoreditch’s Curtain Hotel is the latest members-only destination in London, providing the perfect spot for work brunches, summer rooftop swims and late night basement revelry. With two restaurants open to the public, and everything thing else including a gym, pool, nightclub, bar and cinema for hotel guests and members, this is one membership definitely worth exploring.
Starting at the top this rooftop sanctuary is far more peaceful than neighbouring Shoreditch House although the star attraction – the pool – is a lot smaller. Still it’s London and swimming days are somewhat limited. The restaurant LIDO, with a glass ceiling to make you feel al fresco even in December, serves up delicious and classic brassiere dishes. For freelancers there’s not as better spot to loiter at all day, with fresh juices, good coffee and even a few light tipples to get you through the day. Of course focusing on work when others are lounging around a pool on deck chairs is the only downside.
With a healthy discount for members this could be the perfect spot to grab a staycation or offload visiting relatives. Rooms at The Curtain feature warehouse-style windows which let in plenty of light, and continuing the theme you’ll see exposed brick walls and hardwood flooring. With the smaller rooms overlooking the picturesque courtyard and the more plush suits offering views across London.
One the ground floor you’ll find taqueria and tequila bar Tienda, which is all about the casual anytime meetings, outrageously good tacos, after-work beers, and even late night cocktails designed by Trash Tiki heroes Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths. While not strictly for members, a lunchtime taco is never a bad idea and a lively bar with a DJ seven nights a week isn’t a bad shout either.
Down a level you’ll find Harlem original Marcus Samuelsson's London restaurant bringing soul food for the 21st century by infusing the cuisine of the American South with Marcus’ own unique cosmopolitan and northern European upbringing. Think herb roasted chicken and waffles, delicate tuna ceviche, awase glazed salmon and heritage tomato salads pimped with burrata and watermelon. We’ve heard Obama is a fan and if that isn’t a good enough recommendation then we don’t know what is. Come for the Sunday brunch and dine as a gospel choir serenades you with well known hip hop tracks converted to their angelic voices.
Member’s Billy Bar
This beautiful subterranean space is open till 2am, is only for member so even the hotel guests can’t get down this far, and looks the part – think chesterfield sofas, wood panelled walls, more exposed brick and bespoke artwork. The bartenders have been gathered from some of London’s best – including the prestigious Ivy – and the space is yours to play in.
With a dedicated underground live music space for artists to preform that is definitely channelling some Studio 54 vibes there’s always some mischief to get up to at The Curtain. Think secret gigs from your favourite singers and even acoustic performances to delight your ears. The Curtain also say they’re expecting to extend their programming to include spoken word, talks, cabaret, movie nights and beyond.
Did we mention the 24 hour gym, including BOOMCYCLE spinning classes in the morning and a private cinema? No, well we probably should’ve.
So you want to be a member…
Currently it’ll only set you back £1000 a year with a £250 joining fee but that’s still opening rates which are set to go up shortly. Not cheap but considering it breaks down to £120 a month with gym classes, a pool, live music performances and a guaranteed place to drink in Shoreditch till 2am without queuing… well you could say it was well worth the pounds and pennies.