Cordy House

Curtain Call
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.

Words Fiona Sinclair Scott
Illustration Philip Bannister

Cutting straight through the centre of Shoreditch, Curtain Road acts as an appropriate starting point for any jaunt through the area. Nestled in the heart of Hipsterville, the road can also be applauded for its cultural heritage. One of London’s first theatres was founded on Curtain Road in 1576 – making it the first permanent playhouse in Britain.

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).

Once you’ve had your fashion fix, make your way to Mark Hix’s Tramshed (32 Rivington Street). Serving steak or roast chicken the restaurant is, appropriately, home to one of Damien Hirst’s giant embalmed cows and is great for group dinners. Be sure to ask about the Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery downstairs as they tend to have a rolling programme of exhibitions.

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.



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