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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Glimpse a Disappearing London

Visit East London's boutique hotels, innovative restaurants, and contemporary art galleries before they make way for the 2012 Summer Olympics.


1. Where to Stay

Get a bedtime story in the den at 40 Winks.  

Select a suite inspired by your favorite design movement at Terence Conran’s twelve-room Boundary (from $303), which opened earlier this year in Shoreditch. Sit at the rooftop bar for an aerial view of the East End.

Stay in one of only two rooms in 40 Winks (from $109), interior designer David Carter’s flamboyant townhouse. The “opium-den chic” drawing room bedecked with Chinese lanterns and baroque mirrors is often used for Vogue and Elle fashion shoots.

Drink a few pints of local microbrew Nethergate at the Fox & Anchor (from $159), a mahogany-wood, nineteenth-century pub topped by a six-room boutique hotel. Soak in the freestanding tub at the foot of the bed in the Smithfield suite.

Published on Aug 27, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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