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The world’s largest plant collection and how flowers really changed the world as shown in this short by reliable storytellers at Lonely Leap.


On surviving the winter: a poem paired with holistic remedies, shared by our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen. With love from London.

The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. 
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. 
If you feel that you are getting a cold: 
Add water, a couple of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 pieces of cardamom and 2-3 cloves to a pot — bring it to a boil, simmer it for a couple of minutes and drink, you can add honey if you want. If there is any left in the pot you can keep it for a couple of days since it is concentrated, just add hot water and  drink.
If you suffer from common or severe colds:
Try taking one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.
If you have a nasty cough:
Chop an onion place it in a jar, fill it up with honey and keep in the fridge for 24 hours then take a teaspoon of the liquid every few hours (it tastes horrible, but it works!).

On surviving the winter: a poem paired with holistic remedies, shared by our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen. With love from London.

The Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival. 

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor. 

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honourably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight. 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, 
and invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond. 

If you feel that you are getting a cold: 

Add water, a couple of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 pieces of cardamom and 2-3 cloves to a pot — bring it to a boil, simmer it for a couple of minutes and drink, you can add honey if you want. If there is any left in the pot you can keep it for a couple of days since it is concentrated, just add hot water and  drink.

If you suffer from common or severe colds:

Try taking one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

If you have a nasty cough:

Chop an onion place it in a jar, fill it up with honey and keep in the fridge for 24 hours then take a teaspoon of the liquid every few hours (it tastes horrible, but it works!).



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. 


You may pass them in the street. Are there dangers involved? Is it just an illusion?
The Power of the Witch. This rare 1971 documentary is viewable here.
Photo of Maxine Sanders

You may pass them in the street. 
Are there dangers involved? 
Is it just an illusion?

The Power of the Witch. This rare 1971 documentary is viewable here.

Photo of Maxine Sanders


We’ve joined forces with our new neighbor Herald St Gallery, just down the road a piece from Ace Hotel London, to celebrate Frieze Art Fair with a month-long satellite exhibit. On display through November 17, Herald St is gracing our gallery walls with two works from Britain’s own Scott King, veteran of two of our cultural go-to’s, i-D Magazine and Sleazenation. 

We’ve joined forces with our new neighbor Herald St Gallery, just down the road a piece from Ace Hotel London, to celebrate Frieze Art Fair with a month-long satellite exhibit. On display through November 17, Herald St is gracing our gallery walls with two works from Britain’s own Scott King, veteran of two of our cultural go-to’s, i-D Magazine and Sleazenation


London’s Rio Cinema is an institution of boozy, Art Deco and inexpensive cinema-going. But it’s on its last leg, and needs your help. Viva la Sunday matinee.

London’s Rio Cinema is an institution of boozy, Art Deco and inexpensive cinema-going. But it’s on its last leg, and needs your help. Viva la Sunday matinee.


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.


We hosted the fantastic Women’s Room at Ace London over the weekend.

We hosted the fantastic Women’s Room at Ace London over the weekend.


Something new from Hattie Fox for That Flower Shop, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch.

Something new from Hattie Fox for That Flower Shop, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch.


If there’s no greater honor than saving a life, imagine the boss status that comes with saving an entire species. Those bragging rights belong to horticulturalist Carlos Magdalena, who single-handedly brought a very special African waterlily back from the brink of extinction.
Discovered by Professor Eberhard Fischer in 1987, the world’s smallest waterlily, Nymphaea thermarum, was found growing exclusively among the hot springs of southwestern Rwanda. Alarmed by their rapid disappearance in 2008 due to the exploitation of the plants’ water source, Professor Eberhard quickly sent seeds of the remaining waterlilies to Bonn Botanic Gardens for preservation. Eventually the seeds made their way to Kew Gardens in London where horticulturalist Carlos Magdalena began his life-saving research.
After much trial, error and frustration, Magdalena’s perseverance led to him to a crucial discovery. Unlike most waterlilies which grow submerged deep underwater, the Nymphaea thermarum actually thrives in warm mud. By maintaining steady of temperatures of 25°C along the banks, Magdalena has been able to cultivate over 30 healthy new plants which are currently on display at Kew Gardens.
If you’d like to help prevent plant extinction but lack the botanical skills, you can adopt a seed from Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in London for £25. They’ll even throw in a personalized certificate, so your friends will know your hero status is legit.

If there’s no greater honor than saving a life, imagine the boss status that comes with saving an entire species. Those bragging rights belong to horticulturalist Carlos Magdalena, who single-handedly brought a very special African waterlily back from the brink of extinction.

Discovered by Professor Eberhard Fischer in 1987, the world’s smallest waterlily, Nymphaea thermarum, was found growing exclusively among the hot springs of southwestern Rwanda. Alarmed by their rapid disappearance in 2008 due to the exploitation of the plants’ water source, Professor Eberhard quickly sent seeds of the remaining waterlilies to Bonn Botanic Gardens for preservation. Eventually the seeds made their way to Kew Gardens in London where horticulturalist Carlos Magdalena began his life-saving research.

After much trial, error and frustration, Magdalena’s perseverance led to him to a crucial discovery. Unlike most waterlilies which grow submerged deep underwater, the Nymphaea thermarum actually thrives in warm mud. By maintaining steady of temperatures of 25°C along the banks, Magdalena has been able to cultivate over 30 healthy new plants which are currently on display at Kew Gardens.

If you’d like to help prevent plant extinction but lack the botanical skills, you can adopt a seed from Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in London for £25. They’ll even throw in a personalized certificate, so your friends will know your hero status is legit.


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