James Merrell
August 12, 2009

Designer Terence Conran’s new six-story Boundary complex is making waves in the gritty-glam neighborhood of Shoreditch. Within the converted Victorian printing house: Albion, a perfectly curated high-end food shop and laid-back streetside café; a 17-room hotel inspired by design movements from Shaker to Bauhaus; and a subterranean French restaurant. But the space that has crowds lining up around the block is the recently opened Boundary Rooftop restaurant and bar (open through October), overlooking East London. The style here is low-key beach-house: white canvas chairs printed with images of cheeky British seaside postcards, a wood-burning stove—on colder nights, staff provide guests with wool blankets—and potted olive trees dotting the patio. Don’t miss the steak and chips, accompanied by the spicy house sangria. Just make sure to get here early; tables are first come, first served. Rooftop dinner for two $80.

The Boundary

Designer Terence Conran’s new six-story Boundary complex is making waves in the gritty-glam neighborhood of Shoreditch. Within the converted Victorian printing house: Albion, a perfectly curated high-end food shop and laid-back streetside café; a 17-room hotel inspired by design movements from Shaker to Bauhaus; and a subterranean French restaurant. But the space that has crowds lining up around the block is the 2009-opened Boundary Rooftop restaurant and bar (open through October), overlooking East London. The style here is low-key beach-house: white canvas chairs printed with images of cheeky British seaside postcards, a wood-burning stove— on colder nights, staff provide guests with wool blankets—and potted olive trees dotting the patio. Don’t miss the steak and chips, accompanied by the spicy house sangria. Just make sure to get here early; tables are first come, first served.

The Boundary Hotel

Taking hotel design to an exciting new level, this Shoreditch property offers 17 unique guestrooms and suites, each of which is inspired by a major designer or design movement ranging from Andrée Putman and Josef Hoffmann to Bauhaus and Shaker. Housed in a converted Victorian warehouse, the hotel still has original brickwork and enormous sash windows in each of the bright, comfy rooms, which also feature bespoke furniture, free Wi-Fi, Apple TVs, and stylish bathrooms with luxurious heated floors. Dining options include an on-site, gourmet restaurant and a well-loved rooftop terrace where guests can sip cocktails beside a roaring fireplace.

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