Escaping into Nobu Shoreditch, London

A serene East London destination with incredible dining

by Michael Frank Just a few blocks off the quite bustling Great Eastern Street in London lies the wedge-shaped Nobu Shoreditch. From the back-end, it looks somewhat like the purposefully mesmerizing armor of a Japanese samurai in battle regalia—all sharp angles and walls of glass. But from the entrance, it’s distinctly subdued. The design doesn’t quite fit in a neighborhood that dates to Roman times, …

Word of Mouth: Shoreditch

A few must-hit spots and secret discoveries from East London's hub of art and hospitality

When a destination builds an alluring reputation, as East London’s Shoreditch has, it’s often tough to crack the most appropriate itinerary. How does one best participate in a location known for its expansive and globally recognized culture? CH’s team spends a lot of time in London—scouting for the best street food, galleries, coffee shops, and more, and the bustling capital—and the Shoreditch neighborhood in particular—has …

citizenM Takes London

The boutique hotel chain expands to three locations in the city, art collection in tow

Boutique hotel chain citizenM hinted at world domination when we reviewed their first—and currently only—Stateside location in Times Square, New York City a few years ago; and they’re getting closer to their goal with every opening (peek their map of target cities here; NYC is finally getting its second—on Bowery and Delancey—by 2018). While their Taipei outpost is still nearing completion, the ambitious brand surprisingly …

Emily Forgot’s “Neverland” Exhibition at KK Outlet Gallery, Shoreditch

Colorful, architectural assemblages and a sculptural chair rising to the sky

It’s a bold move to invoke the mythical name of Neverland. For many, it already brings substantial associations pertaining to youth and imagination. And yet, graphic artist Emily Forgot (a moniker adopted by multidisciplinary artist and designer Emily Alston) delivers upon all that is implied with her “Neverland” solo exhibition, opening Thursday at Shoreditch’s KK Outlet Gallery. Colorful, structural wooden assemblage pieces, supported by a …

ilovedust at Andaz Liverpool Street London

The design studio tells us about decorating their room at the Shoreditch hotel

British multi-disciplinary studio ilovedust has a wide range of projects under its belt, having worked with companies like Carhartt, Absolut Vodka and Wired. But among its latest projects is an unusual assignment; not creating designs for a brand, campaign or event, but for the hotel guests at the Andaz Liverpool Street London hotel. The Andaz chain has a reputation for stylish, unusual hotels that really …