London, United Kingdom
Frank Stella’s “Black Series II" lithographs, Tate Collection.

London, United Kingdom

Frank Stella’s “Black Series II" lithographs, Tate Collection.


London Shoreditch, United Kingdom

Photo and collage by multi-talent Anthony Gerace.

Anthony created large-scale collages for Ace London’s guest rooms this fall. Currently he’s finishing his collage series There Must Be More to Life Than This and embarking on new photo projects we can’t wait to see, including a survey of classic cinemas in London and a look at Box Elder County Utah.


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Daniel Speightartist and art installer at Ace London, lives on a boat in the canals of the city, where it’s legal to tether in one spot for up to two weeks and then, like an urban nomad, move onwards. He gathers supplies along the way, living in the fluid, shifting intersection between the natural and industrial worlds and watching as they change through the seasons. This life has allowed him a unique point of view on a vibrant and vital urban hub, watched from a distance — a perspective best seen in his elaborate illustrations of London’s buildings and homes, screen printed onto the fore-edges of old books. He’s a nimble storyteller, unbound to one medium or method. London Foxes, printed in full below, is his personal account of London canal life. 

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Because Cambridge University had a rule forbidding dogs, Lord Byron kept a pet bear while he was a student there. 

Because Cambridge University had a rule forbidding dogs, Lord Byron kept a pet bear while he was a student there. 


This summer we worked with A.P.C. to create custom quilts for our rooms in London — designer Jessica Ogden and founder Jean Touitou created a patchwork masterpiece out of fabrics from past A.P.C. collections.
Now that the quilts are in our rooms, on our beds, and quickly capturing the hearts of our travel-weary and comfort-seeking visitors, we asked Jessica to share her thoughts on the process, and some of the things inspiring her work right now. 

"As a child my mum made my brother and I quilts for our bed, she was the one who taught me how to sew, so the process is in her spirit.
It was amazing to then have Jean propose this idea to work on A.P.C. Quilts as it is also through his mum he has the love for this work.
We have our Mums to be thankful for to learn this beautiful craft.”
—Jessica Ogden

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Antique quilt reference with beautiful flowers and color.
 

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My Auntie Rosie, a beautiful lady, and a letter from her, my drawings of my cat and the sun reminding me of Jamaica where I was born.
 

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Sonia Delaunay, my all-time favorite textile artist.
 

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A page from my scrapbook: A Jessica Ogden dress 
next to a piece of Odette Touitou, Jean’s mum, patchwork.
 

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A page from The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. This is one of my favorite books, all homemade quilts made from what was on hand. The pieces made from work clothes are some of the highlights for me, as the clothes already have wear and tear, aged and patched, and then to be made into an object that also has age is beautiful to me. It’s history is visual and you feel they are made with love.
 

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Exhibition I saw in London on my last trip: Madge Gill, Outsider Artist.
 

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My family “Love” wall at home in Paris.
 

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Fabrics we used for the Ace x A.P.C. quilt.

Jessica would like to dedicate this piece to the memory of Alex Calderwood.

Artist Alex Chinneck's upside down building.At 20 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY 
Photo via Huh Magazine

Artist Alex Chinneck's upside down building.
At 20 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY 

Photo via Huh Magazine


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The simple lace curtain.

The UK’s signature window trimming — in its very existence, highlighting everything we love about this corner of the world — pairs form and function perfectly, obstructing the voyeuristic eyeballs of neighbors while letting in those all-too-precious rays of English sunlight. And because we couldn’t go one more day without our very own signature window trimming, friends at MYB Textiles in Scotland were kind enough to craft a collection of special lace curtains for Bulldog Edition, Ace London’s window-front lobby café.

The only manufacturer in the world still using the Nottingham Lace Looms, MYB has paired their beautifully antiquated machines with CAD software for a fresh design influence. Bulldog Edition’s exclusive lace design was inspired by Grid Index, the comprehensive grid research project of contemporary artist Carsten Nicolai.

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Textile artist Travis Meinolf performed a public weaving for six days in our Ace London lobby. Local artist Max Lamb — who also helped us design our lobby bar — joined him to build a custom loom on which he wove skeins of flecked Irish Donegal wool into a 30-foot long blanket. The performance connected those who would ultimately use the blanket directly to Meinolf’s production process. He travels all over the world to weave in this way — using his performances to engage with his audience and share ideas. And sometimes, like here, to share space under a warm wool blanket. 
"Since the pleasure is in the making, sharing is easy and adds a sense of communal well-being.” — Travis Meinolf 

Textile artist Travis Meinolf performed a public weaving for six days in our Ace London lobby. Local artist Max Lamb — who also helped us design our lobby bar — joined him to build a custom loom on which he wove skeins of flecked Irish Donegal wool into a 30-foot long blanket. The performance connected those who would ultimately use the blanket directly to Meinolf’s production process. He travels all over the world to weave in this way — using his performances to engage with his audience and share ideas. And sometimes, like here, to share space under a warm wool blanket. 

"Since the pleasure is in the making, sharing is easy and adds a sense of communal well-being.” — Travis Meinolf 


Lovage is a medicinal herb that has been used as a digestive aid and culinary flavoring for many generations. The leaf oil has a warm, bright, herbaceous aroma with sweet, celery, woody and spicy undertones. It is often used as a perfume all alone. Different oils are distilled from the roots, leaves, and seeds of the plant.
Lovage has an affinity for the liver, and is used in liver cleansing, to apply directly to the liver with a compress. It has sedative properties and is an emotional relaxant. It helps us claim emotional sovereignty, no longer feeling like we our emotions are dictated by everything and everyone around us.
The aromatic properties of lovage can help to open the heart when one has closed it down, due to being hurt or experiencing emotional abuse. It vibrates with the universal heart chakra. It can help transform old thoughts of “I can not open to your love because it makes me vulnerable to hurt” to “I love you and you do not have to love me back. I know love makes me vulnerable to hurt, and I can handle the hurt if and when it comes.”
Lovage is an expensive oil to distill, as it yields only 1% essential oil. However, it is one of those rare friends that add so much to the quality of our lives, so it is growing in popularity. 
Lovage is now open.

Lovage is a medicinal herb that has been used as a digestive aid and culinary flavoring for many generations. The leaf oil has a warm, bright, herbaceous aroma with sweet, celery, woody and spicy undertones. It is often used as a perfume all alone. Different oils are distilled from the roots, leaves, and seeds of the plant.

Lovage has an affinity for the liver, and is used in liver cleansing, to apply directly to the liver with a compress. It has sedative properties and is an emotional relaxant. It helps us claim emotional sovereignty, no longer feeling like we our emotions are dictated by everything and everyone around us.

The aromatic properties of lovage can help to open the heart when one has closed it down, due to being hurt or experiencing emotional abuse. It vibrates with the universal heart chakra. It can help transform old thoughts of “I can not open to your love because it makes me vulnerable to hurt” to “I love you and you do not have to love me back. I know love makes me vulnerable to hurt, and I can handle the hurt if and when it comes.”

Lovage is an expensive oil to distill, as it yields only 1% essential oil. However, it is one of those rare friends that add so much to the quality of our lives, so it is growing in popularity. 

Lovage is now open.


tokyobike have created custom bicycles for Ace Hotel London at their workshop and studio in Shoreditch. Now the bikes live with our loving if sometimes overbearing family on Shoreditch High Street, and they’ll take you wherever you want to go while you’re staying with us. You could get really meta and roll them over to tokyobike’s shop on Tabernacle Street and buy some tops and coffee. Meta tops, meta coffee. Let’s ride.

tokyobike have created custom bicycles for Ace Hotel London at their workshop and studio in Shoreditch. Now the bikes live with our loving if sometimes overbearing family on Shoreditch High Street, and they’ll take you wherever you want to go while you’re staying with us. You could get really meta and roll them over to tokyobike’s shop on Tabernacle Street and buy some tops and coffee. Meta tops, meta coffee. Let’s ride.


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