The hotel comes from Lore, the group behind Sea Containers in Southwark, which is more known for its drinks — run by bar supremo Ryan Chetiyawardana — than its food. In a release of its plans for the 100 Shoreditch High Street address, it claims that “the redesign reflects how Shoreditch has evolved during the last decade with the interiors mirroring the new grown-up character of the neighbourhood.”
That redesign includes no less than six restaurants and bars, in a building where vibes — particularly on the rooftop terrace and lobby bar — and coffee from Bulldog Edition bested the sceney but unspectacular cooking at Hoi Polloi. What those restaurants will actually encompass remains uncertain — initial signs point to “locally sourced seafood” (an achievement, in the capital) and a return of the rooftop bar, alongside coffee and cocktails. The hotel also says that it wants the restaurants and bars to “retain the fun and energy for which this part of London is so well known.”
New arrivals in the area — including the already opened Light Bar, the upcoming Taiwanese beef noodle shop from outstanding group Bao, and a bakery from the Jolene / Big Jo group — point in their own way towards the what “grown-up” really means; the consolidation of creative, interesting groups matched by benign slickness and new developments. It will be interesting to see how One Hundred fits in to that changing landscape. More soon.