Conran's former operations director, Peter Prescott, shared his passion both for food and art, as well as his desire to engage in a project that allowed him to spend more time focusing on the details. With the Boundary, which opened in 2008, they have built less a hotel than an architectural homage to the great designers who have influenced them. The rooms and public spaces reflect these influences, and the co-owners have taken their love for art and design into the neighborhood by hosting gallery dinners. "The art community," says Conran, "is an essential part of our identity."
In the culinary arena, both Conran and Prescott have hit the spot with their fine dining restaurant, the Albion Cafe, and their Chateau Boundary wine club. In fact, the Albion is Shoreditch's living room of sorts, a mingling place for creatives who crave home-cooked meals, freshly baked breads and desserts. Another Conran-Prescott collaboration, Lutyens, opened in the summer of 2009 and is located in the former Reuters building - the famous ticker tape is referenced in the marble mosaic floor. The Boundary's rooftop is jam-packed seven days of the week - no wonder given the excellent BBQ and the classy crowd!