Town Hall Hotel, London
Whenever we search for a hotel the first thing we look for is character, with extra points awarded if the hotel is in a restored building. So when we were planning our recent trip to London the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green immediately caught our eye. Originally built in 1910, this beautiful Edwardian building has been lovingly restored with touches of Art-Deco and modern design throughout.
The lobby design of any hotel is paramount for creating first impressions and Town Hall's has immediate impact. The small check in desk is strategically tucked into one corner allowing the sweeping marble staircase and Art Deco clock to take centre stage. From here the adventure begins as there is so much space to explore with thoughtful touches and contemporary art at every turn.
Within the lobby are several areas filled with vintage furniture and props and also on the ground level are the Typing Room restaurant and Pig & Patriot cocktail bar, both of which are popular destinations amongst the fashionable set. The Corner Room restaurant, which is undoubtedly the most Instagrammed area of the hotel due to its stunning array of pendant light fittings, completes a trio of dining options.
The original council chamber still remains and after an impressive restoration now provides an elegant setting for wedding ceremonies. A gym, stylish lap pool and outdoor courtyard that hosts pop up bbqs during the summer are further features that make Town Hall Hotel a very enjoyable place to stay.
There are several styles of room available including the breathtaking flagship De Montford Suite which features triple height ceilings, a mezzanine level and dining space for twenty. This was, er, unavailable during our visit so instead we stayed next door in one of the equally impressive signature suites with soaring high ceilings, beautiful period features, a fully equipped kitchen, corner lounge suite, and a raised bed / bath island in the middle of the room - a concept which initially seemed rather strange but which we quickly warmed to. L'Occitane toiletries, a rocking chair, a rubber duck, pre-restoration photos, and a stack of design magazines were nice finishing touches.
Unsurprisingly this unique, eye-catching member of Design Hotels has won many accolades for its design and restoration and is a sought after location for movies (think Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), editorial photoshoots, stylish weddings and celebrities. Indeed during our five day stay we spotted a camera crew, a wedding and several familiar faces.
In terms of location Bethnal Green is easy to overlook when planning a stay in London but the edgy borough is now seeing the emergence of many cool bars and restaurants such as Resident under the nearby railway arches of Paradise Row, Columbia Road Flower Market is a must on a Sunday morning, the ever-trendy Shoreditch is a nice stroll or a short bus ride away, and as Bethnal Green tube station is on the Central Line the city, West End and Notting Hill are within easy reach without the need to change lines.
We loved our stay at Town Hall Hotel and we are very excited that its Unlisted Collection sister, The Old Clare Hotel, is set to open very soon just around the corner from us in Chippendale. Expect a report very soon.