A year after opening, The Curtain (a swingin’ boutique sleepover) has decided it needs a classic modern hotel bar – instead of a pastiche tacky Tequila and taco joint. So it’s curtains for Tienda Roosteria and hola to the Green Room. Here, an emerald banquette, artsy hangings and a 1950s-style peacock-themed mural draw the eye away from windows looking onto the dreary streetscape outside. Exotic, suitably ‘Shoreditch’ staff ply punters with a tiki-serve welcome drink while cocktails are crafted to order. Our Johnnie Walker Black and sourdough Bread & Butter Sazerac is, indeed, ‘complex, strong and stirred’. Other characters worth locking lips with include Holiest Harlot (a bittersweet pink Champagne and berry fizz) and Rough Trade (Bacardi 8, cumin, club soda, pineapple and lime). Accompanying bar snacks are appropriately modish. Upstairs, The Lido (open to members and residents) is a Mediterranean-inspired rooftop terrace to reckon with – heated pool included.
At more gentile times of the day a traditional afternoon tea is served. Between 1-4pm you’ll find a selection of delicately made and flavoursome sandwiches in all the classic flavours: think ham and cheese and gin infused cucumber, teamed with salmon bagels and caviar-topped devilled eggs. These savoury treats are accompanied by moist scones and a selection of beautifully-presented cakes, macarons and a mini lemon meringue pie. Teaming up with Hackney Herbal the brand have also created the signature Curtain blend of tea; a subtle and refreshing immunity-boosting blend of spearmint, sage and liquorice. You'll enjoy your afternoon spread from the comfort of jewel-toned furniture, while being surrounded by hand painted murals by local artists. Not only does this afternoon tea scream traditional decadence, the cool and stylish surroundings pay homage to the area it resides in.