London Hood: Shoreditch Genre: Design Price: $$$

Conceived by Sir Terrence Conran, the Boundary is a brilliant business hotel given proximity to the City. On your days off you have something more exciting than the West End to explore. There are great little pubs close by like the Owl and Pussycat and the George & Dragon. Voluminous shopping opportunities abound at Boxpark, Spitalfields and Brick Lane… and just along Redchurch St there are some fun boutiques like APC, Catch & Release and Aubin & Wills.

The Hotel

Design hotel on the financial fringes, catering to media and creative industries and the odd discerning City exec. part of the Conran group it builds on the successful example set by Shoreditch House without all the bells and whistles. Good value when compared with the standard bearers of London hoteliery. The crowd is relaxed and cool, maybe a touch Parisienne… Room was massive… It was one of the corner suites, the ‘Shaker’. Standard rooms are still pretty good… Bigger than normal.

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The Mies van der Rohe room, Boundary Hotel, London. (Photo © HWL)

The Neighbourhood

Shoreditch – still killing it after all these years. The recent regeneration has only made it better and more approachable, if not a little more self-conscious. Natural home to the hipster (don’t wear socks if you want to blend in). Train carriages on top of warehouses, chalk stripe suits with pink shirts, the creative bourgeoise, a constant waft of sweet tandoori, with a layer of graffiti on top. The clubs have become a little ‘bridge & tunnel’ (like the lower east side), so best avoided on weekends or stick to the pubs and bars. Oh, and have a beer with Tracey Emin at the Golden Heart (110 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6LZ, Tel: +44 20 7247 2158)… if she’s not there you can enjoy some of her original work in the loo.

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Britannia rules: the British room at the Boundary Hotel features this spiffy patchwork chair by Lisa Whatmough of Shoreditch designer outfit, Squint. (Photo © HWL)
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The Bauhaus Paul Raeside Room
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Dining room sampler at London's Boundary Hotel. (Photo © HWL)
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The Eileen Gray Room
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Albion Cafe on a rare summer day. (Photo © HWL)
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Breakfast at the Bondary's Albion Cafe will distract even the most ardent anti-monarchist, regardless of the morning's papers. (Photo © HWL)

What We Love

The food is incredible… the Albion caf is a great way to start the morning with porridge and prunes or a bacon bap. The formal French restaurant downstairs is simply awe inspiring… the lapin a la moutarde is still fresh in my memory. Not to be eaten every night as you will rue the lack of a gym, but don’t leave without venturing downstairs.

Room to Improve

The reception and entrance are quite small and not that awe inspiring, although functional. I would say a gym, but there are plenty of Boris Bikes around…

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The downstairs Restaurant
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Take the east London line down to Peckham Rye and visit the park and Lordship Lane. There’s a bit of street noise, so if you are a sensitive sleeper, pack ear-plugs.

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Breakfast at the Albion Cafe


2-4 Boundary St, London, Greater London E2 7DD

Reviewer • Christian


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