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Hilton has continued to build its Curio portfolio in London with the opening of the Gantry in Stratford.
The property joins Hart Shoreditch, which is leading a renaissance in the once-maligned neighbourhood, as well as three other properties in the capital.
Featuring 291 rooms, the Gantry focuses on bringing a thrilling collection of food and drink offerings to Stratford.
These include an artisanal food market from the Stratford Grocer & Co. with integrated café on the ground floor (to open next month), a dedicated sparkling bar, an all-day restaurant and an 18th floor sky bar with panoramic views across the city (opening in the spring).
Taking over the first floor, the main dining spot will be Union Social.
Flanked on one side with an elegant cocktail bar and open kitchen and on the other with floor to ceiling windows and a huge wraparound terrace, the venue combines the everchanging landscape of Stratford with an industrial-influenced interior.
The food offering at Union Social is a relaxed all-day menu with a global edge, reflective of the dynamic food scene and international population in the capital.
Hailing from Sicily, executive chef Salvatore Coco has travelled extensively and his menus reflect this, featuring flavours from all around the world, while elevating local produce from the south-east of England.
Small plates include Genovese focaccia, Bottega’s cured cuts with fresh cheese and prawn croquettes with aioli while larger plates range from tarragon risotto with roasted autumnal vegetables, sesame glazed sea trout with white miso tamari-mirin infused ginger broth and Greek lamb meatballs, tzatziki, pickled red onion with pine nuts.
A menu of healthy salads packed full of grains are light enough for guests looking for a quick lunch or mid-afternoon snack, and ideal for laptop-toting professionals working from the venue.
The drinks offering at Union Social has been created by Walter Pintus, an award-winning mixologist who has been involved in some of London’s finest institutions from the Ritz and the Connaught to the Mandrake and most recently the Conduit. Union
Coupe at Union Social is the Gantry’s very own Sparkling Bar.
Occupying an eye-catching illuminated counter bar, with its own banquette seating and outdoor terrace, Coupe at Union Social will offer an ever-changing menu of effervescent specialities, from championing English sparkling wine to introducing the newest Hard Seltzers.
Guests will be able to choose from some of the UK’s finest fizz from revered estates such as Gusbourne and Rathfinny, as well as enjoying Champagne, Prosecco, and a concise list of sparkling cocktails and spritzes, curated by Walter Pintus.
The Gantry hotel sits above the Stratford Grocer & Co.’s bustling food market, deli and coffee shop on the ground floor set to open fully by mid-January.
A destination store for locals and visitors alike, the artisanal market will offer a rich selection of produce for guests to take home; deli items as well as a large selection of curated wines beers, and spirits handpicked by the team of expert grocers.
A buzzy meeting place for all kinds of Gantry guests, the integrated café with its large seating area which extends from the hotel lobby serves up award winning specialty coffee, as well as an abundance of British cheese and charcuterie that guests can enjoy before perusing the ground floor for last minute dinner ingredients, a mid-morning coffee with friends, a takeaway lunch, or a slice of East London to take home as a special gift.
Literally setting the bar high for al fresco partying in 2022, the Gantry will welcome the highest rooftop bar in East London when it opens its 18th floor in spring next year.
With floor to ceiling windows, the sky bar will form the cocktail epicentre of the Gantry and the much-anticipated venue will offer a truly iconic sunset across the capital when the bar and outdoor terraces come alive with live music and DJs.
The Gantry Hotel is an independent design hotel that will be the fifth property within the Curio Collection in London, marking an exciting new direction for the group.
Offering 291 rooms over 17 floors, the hotel will be managed by Saurabh Kukreja, a seasoned hotelier with experience in managing luxury and lifestyle hotels in UK, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Find out more on the official website.
Images: Katya Katkova and Jonathan Sharp
Suzhou has showcased one of its premier art forms at a special Kunqu Opera event at the Garden Museum.
Named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001, the opera is more than 600 years old and is known as the mother of Chinese operas.
It is famous for its refined flute music and exquisite movements timed to every word.
Kathy Hall, founder of the London Chinese Opera Studio, performed ‘In Pursuit of the Dream,’ a scene from the Peony Pavilion – a romantic tragedy/comedy play written by dramatist Tang Xianzu in 1598 during the Ming dynasty.
The piece is considered one of the most popular in traditional Chinese theatre.
It depicts a love story between Du Liniang and Liu Mengmei that overcomes all difficulties, transcending time and space, life and death; until the pair unite at the end.
“Kunqu Opera is one of Suzhou’s most unique cultural treasures that all visitors must experience,” said Rudong Wang, head of the international communication and cooperation department at the Suzhou bureau of culture, radio, television and tourism.
“Visitors to Suzhou can immerse themselves in the art form at the Suzhou Museum of Opera & Theatre where ancient artifacts are on view and performances are held on its teahouse stage.”
The Kunqu Opera showcase is part of ‘Suzhou, the City of Culture & Arts,’ a year-long integrated marketing campaign designed to bring the fascinating cultural heritage of the destination to life for English-speaking travellers in Europe and North America.
Exclusive campaign content exploring some of the most fascinating aspects of Suzhou including silk making, classical Chinese gardens, Pingtan storytelling, and more can be accessed using the hashtag #SecretsOfSuzhou.
Travellers who have visited the destination are encouraged to share their Suzhou travel tips using the same hashtag for the chance to be featured.
For more than 2,500 years, Suzhou has been known as a centre of arts and culture.
Intellectuals, artists, and high-profile public figures have long been drawn to the romantic canals and stunning classical gardens of the city, nine of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Performing arts including the Kunqu Opera and Pingtan storytelling originated in Suzhou, and the city is also important to the design and fashion worlds as a centre for silk making and embroidery.
For more information visit the official website.
Images: Maria Korelina
By Rick Cawley
For the Review
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