All posts tagged: London

Ace Hotel, Shoreditch, London

Early on a Shoreditch morning, the lobby of the Ace Hotel is simmering with creatives and travellers, drinking coffee, setting up laptops, checking in and out. Vinyl lines the front desk, there’s a photobooth, a fixie bike near the lift, and a mini exhibition by Tokyo-based artist Yu Nagaba in a glass cabinet along the wall. I’ve been looking forward to staying at the Ace almost as much as I’ve been anticipating arriving in London, and I’m immediately smitten. So imagine my delight when we are granted an early check in and an upgrade. And just as we are settling in, turning on the vintage radio, reclining on the window seat, the door knocks and we are presented with a bottle of champagne for our recent engagement. And then they bring flowers from the florist next door. Did you hear that? THEY BROUGHT US FLOWERS! It’s often the little touches that make a great hotel. And there were plenty of those – a channel on the in-room radio of stories being read to help you …

Book Review: London Style Guide

Travellers are curious by nature. We like to explore menus and markets as much as we do the woods or highways that disappear off to the horizon. We like to descend nondescript stairways to see what lay below. We want to know and see and touch and taste and feel we are making some traction on this huge world we know we’ll never fully discover, but goddammit we want to give it our best crack. I’m sure I’m not alone in this: If I go to a destination, I want to know I’ve seen all the cool bits. I want to later be able to have a conversation with a local and find common ground. I want to know neighbourhoods. And next time I go I want to know more neighbourhoods. I think author Saska Graville is one of these curious souls too. Or at least she’ll certainly assist a few. Her London Style Guide (Murdoch Books) is a delightfully curated mix of sleek bars, eccentric vintage boutiques, independent bookstores, florists and cupcakeries (is that …