Hart is brought to us by Hilton through their Curio Collection, elevating the lifestyle hotel scene while retaining its unique personality that has been undoubtedly imbued with the Shoreditch spirit. These little touches tease the senses throughout the hotel, from staff uniforms to the books provided from local authors that sang high praises of the area and reminisced the days gone by. Hart Shoreditch does an excellent job respecting the past but paving its way into the future. This is an amazing addition that brings visitors into the heart of action and experience the culture for themselves from the lobby to the bedroom.
Hart Shoreditch Hotel London provides a quiet sanctuary beautifully designed by Fabled Studios, taking us away from the bustle. Accents of rose gold, leather, forest green and textured grey wooden tops bring in a tranquil and subtle elegant touch. For a second I thought I’d walked onto a two-page spread in an Architectural Digest magazine. The radio logo warmly glistens in unison with the metallic aspects thoughtfully placed around the hotel.
The California king size bed was oozing with plushness, enticing you to sink into its comfort. I had to hesitantly wrestle out of its embrace to check-out the following morning. We also find out that the hotel is pet friendly so next time we visit, we will be brining Frank along too.
One might think the bed would be the obvious space to tuck into after a long day. However, nothing beats a relaxing bath. In the corner of the room, past the double sinks and in front of a large, bright window, stood a magnificent soaking tub with golden handles and space enough for an army. I was submerged for over two hours. The huge window right in front of the tub married the relaxation and the Shoreditch vibe together.
Dinner at Barboun
Before dinner, we enjoyed a cocktail in Tavla. The team can make you anything you like but their signatures are really original and worth trying like a Tea Symphony with Johnnie Walker Gold (infused with Turkish tea), Talisker 10 year old, Italicus and Angostura Bitters. Smoky, strong and moreish.
Barboun, which means red mullet in Turkish, is inspired by the flavours of Levantine coast with brilliant ingredients, many of which are cooked over a wood fire. The menu is on one page and every dish is tempting. We ask for a taste of each dip. Our favourite – a silky smooth hummus topped with smoked paprika oil, pine nuts and crispy shallots.
Of course we try the Barboun, a red mullet with a little preserved lemon, hazelnut and charred romano peppers. Our favourite looking dish was a dainty soft shell crab which had a crispy batter made of falafel. Our star of the show was a seabream sitting on top of samphire and a wakame seaweed butter. Fish so fresh and so delicately flavoured with a gentle smokiness from the fire. Save space for a clever Kunefe especially if you like cheese and silky kadayif, a very finely shredded sweetened filo pastry.
The next day
I started to sink and merge with the cotton cloud of a bed as sunlight started to spill into the room and the thought of breakfast brought me downstairs in a jiffy. The thoughtful placements of warm lighting and wooden lattice work brought an inviting ambience to Barboun in the morning. Conversations were halted to admire the picturesque full English breakfast making its way towards my table.
Hart Shoreditch Hotel is a hotel to come home to, and a place for fun and comfort. The staff went above and beyond to ensure that everyone feels completely COVID safe but also that we would be welcomed back any time. Service with welcoming, beaming smiles that even oozed out from behind face masks.
This place really does bring the Hart into Shoreditch.
To discover more, visit: hartshoreditch.com
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