Historical Buildings With A Refreshing Twist
Historical buildings have an old-world charm about them – that’s why it’s always exciting when they are renovated. An old cinema becomes a new entertainment center, a derelict power plant turns into a trendy bar, and a train station gets redressed to become one of the best art museums in the world. Come and experience how these old buildings got their groove back.
Hackney Arts Center, London
In its prime, the Hackney Arts Center building was a popular art cinema called The Savoy Cinema. After its last movie screening in 1984, the building shut down for 30 years until 2018, when it was re-imagined as the Evolutionary Arts Hackney or EartH for short.
EartH is a multi-functional cultural and creative hub that includes art from multiple genres, live music, performance art, special talks, debates, comedy and – as an ode to The Savoy – film. African musician Petite Noir, British comedian and actor Simon Amstell, experimental songwriter Andreya Triana, and the Spanish indie rock band, Hinds, are just a few of the multicultural performers who grace the stage of EartH.
Once you walk into the space, you’ll soon find that it’s not like anywhere you’ve been before. The building stands for creativity, reflection, collaboration and innovation. Its atmosphere encourages meeting people, watching, dancing and listening to the cultural pulse of London.
Stay at: The Bailey’s Hotel London
The Edison, Los Angeles
In downtown Los Angeles, you’ll find an unassuming black door leading you down into what seems like a 1920s time warp and eventually into what could be one of the most spectacular nights of your life.
Located in the basement of the Higgins Building, known to be L.A.’s first power plant, you’ll come across The Edison, an industrial-chic nightclub where jazzy horns blare and swanky decor intrigues you enough to stay a while. You can sip on lavender bourbon and indulge in truffle mac & cheese under the pink glow of the Ember Parlor. Live music enlivens The Lab on Thursdays or, on a particularly festive weekend, you can come for a Great Gatsby-esque party with DJs on the decks. The Music Room and the Game Room, with its piano and jukebox, serve as a little breakaway from the Main Bar where burlesque and aerial shows have everyone in awe.
A glorious happy hour is in effect from 5-7 pm from Wednesdays to Fridays and is quite popular with the dapper, young folk. To enter, you’ll have to be dressed the part, which means no open shoes, short pants or tennis shoes and adding a little 20s flare to your outfit will also score you extra points.
Stay at: Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Just around the corner from the Louvre is the iconic railway station turned art museum, with the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist masterpieces. You can line up, Van Gogh fans, because this one’s right up your alley.
This beautiful train station, with its large awnings, 35,000 square meters of glass windows, and clock, was constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair. The grandeur of this stunning destination makes it the perfect location for a museum devoted to displaying art from between 1848 and 1914. Inside this multi-level and somewhat unconventional art museum is art from the Academist, Realist, Impressionist, Symbolist and Art Nouveau movements. You can expect the spontaneous brushstrokes, sunset scenes and pure color canvasses of artists like Bonnard, Carpeaux, Manet, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir to all be here. With an all-star cast like this on display, you should plan to be here for at least 2 hours – luckily it’s open until 9.45 pm on Thursdays.
From old stories, to new beginnings; the cities of London, Los Angeles and Paris have re-imagined timeless buildings to bring you the best in culture and art.
Stay at: Millennium Hotel Paris Opera