Tread the streets of East London
Tread the streets of East London whilst taking in the local landmarks – award-winning restaurants, bustling boozers and hipster hotspots, all a stone’s throw from Curtain Road.
When exploring Curtain Road, a healthy amount of veering off is to be encouraged. But a conventional bottom-up approach is a good way to start. With this in mind, start early at the Queen of Hoxton (1-5 Curtain road) to bag a spot on the pub’s popular roof terrace.
Lee Broom, the London-based designer making waves (and his signature crystal light bulbs) recently expanded his studio to include a beautiful interiors shop on 93 Rivington Street. The work-sell space is worth a visit for anyone with a passion for modern design. While Curtain Road no longer offers a shop that sells exactly what it says on the tin, further home furnishings can still be found at SCP (135-139 Curtain Road) – the mecca for aspirational living accessories. Visit both while you still have your wits about you.
After that, stay on Rivington Street and head to Start, one of the most comprehensive designer boutiques in London offering both men’s and women’s apparel. If vintage is more your style, turn back, rewind and head for Paper Dress (114–116 Curtain Road).
If hunger gets the best of you before reaching Tramshed, and you’re still looking for a meat-dominant meal, duck into Beard to Tail (77 Curtain Road), serving everything in between. If you manage to push past the pangs and make it to the end of Curtain Road then Tramontana Brindisa –Monika Linton’s latest London tapas venture – awaits, which also has an impressive gin cocktail list.
For drinks, there are almost too many options in this part of town. If spirits are high, make your way to Callooh Callay (65 Rivington Street) – winner of the World’s Best Cocktail Menu 2012.
For breakfast and brunch the following morning, there’s the quick and easy FIX (126 Curtain Road) for coffee and pastry, or, if you are looking for something a little more substantial, and you fancy a stroll, head to Beagle (97-400 Geffrye Street) – a restaurant founded by DJs and party organisers Krankbrother. Tucked under the arches at Hoxton Overground, it is an ideal spot for a slow start to the day, breakfast cocktail on the side, of course.