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Town Hall Hotel 5.0

East End, London, England

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Pros

  • Chic East End hotel with design mixing Edwardian and Art Deco styles
  • A historic town hall building, complete with original architectural features
  • Spacious, individually designed rooms and apartments with vintage furniture
  • Modern conveniences include free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and stocked kitchens
  • Relaxing indoor pool and fitness center with contemporary machines
  • Michelin-star restaurant serving forward-thinking Portuguese-based fare
  • Town Hall Tea Lady serves martinis from her mobile teacart
  • Great value for a stylish and spacious room or apartment

Cons

  • Location is isolated from top London attractions
  • Some complaints about street noise

Bottom Line

The Town Hall Hotel and Apartments is located in London's artsy East End. Striking design mixes Edwardian influences with 1930s art deco style and contemporary touches. This hotel first opened as a town hall in 1910 and many of the rooms, studios, and apartments have original period details. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. Bathrooms are especially luxurious, most with soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers. Vintage furniture and modern kitchens make these loft-style rooms both functional and inviting. Hotel amenities include a nice indoor pool, a fitness room, and a stylish Michelin-rated restaurant. While some guests might feel that the location is isolated from London's top attractions, the Town Hall Hotel offers great value for money in a hip neighborhood.

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Scene

Novel and quirky in an artsy neighborhood

Hallways

With its original period features, art deco themes, and sleek modernism the Town Hall Hotel is a quirky blend of different era styles. Funky lobby pieces such as the giant Godzilla floodlight, ram’s antlers, and designer chair pieces simultaneously are juxtaposed against the granite-wrought central staircase, traditional marble pillars, and mahogany furnishings.

An impressive list of celebrity sightings and on-location filming has helped build Town Hall’s reputation. Hotel grounds have been graced by the likes of Guy Ritchie (during the filming of both Snatch and Lock Stock), Keira Knightley, Patrick Stewart, and Elijah Wood. Beyond celebrity sightings, the scene here has some fun twists, such as the Town Hall Tea Lady, who serves martinis from her mobile teacart.

Accommodations here closer resemble pied-a-terres than hotel rooms. Even the studios are equipped with stocked kitchens, for guests who prefer to do some of their own cooking. Quirky touches include cozy sheepskin rugs and pet goldfish. With a Michelin-rated restaurant, cocktail bar, and option for a private chef in the room, the Town Hall Hotel provides a stylish scene for an affordable price.

Location

A five-minute walk from Bethnal Green tube station, in the heart of London’s artsy East End

Map of Town Hall Hotel

The East End is a creative, artsy neighborhood in London. Independent art galleries, awesome street art (both famous and anonymous), vintage clothing markets, and hip eateries all contribute to the local bohemian vibe. The hotel and apartments also happen to be close to the 2012 Summer Olympics stadium. While the location is slightly isolated from London's top central attractions, it is close to everything hip and trendy.

  • 12-minute walk to Victoria Park
  • 10-minute bus ride to Brick Lane
  • 12-minute bus ride to Columbia Road Flower Market
  • 13-minute bus ride to Shoreditch art galleries and nightlife
  • 13-minute bus ride to Hackney
  • 15-minute bus ride to White Cube Gallery
  • 20-minute bus ride to Dalston
  • 13-minute tube ride to St. Paul’s station and St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • 18-minute tube ride to Tottenham Court Road station and Soho
  • 19-minute tube ride to Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market
  • 21-minute tube ride to Bond Street station and West End shopping
  • 23-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
  • 23-minute tube ride to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge
  • 30-minute tube ride to Charing Cross station and Trafalgar Square
  • 32-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben

Rooms

Loft-style rooms are spacious, sleek, and sometimes quirky

Living Room in the One Bedroom Apartment

Rooms, studios, and apartments are individually designed, with an emphasis on simplicity and understated luxury. The spontaneous combination of styles -- with sleek glass partitions, art deco themes, and classical Edwardian sculpting -- somehow all works together beautifully.

  • All rooms have free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and modern bathrooms.
  • Double rooms are simple and comfortable with Musetti coffeemakers, luxury toiletries, and handmade chocolates at turndown.
  • Studio apartments have fully fitted kitchens and a spacious open plan layout. Individual touches such as sheepskin rugs and vintage furniture help make it feel more like a pied-a-terre than a hotel room.
  • Apartments have high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • The De Montfort Suite is the hotel’s flagship suite and comes with triple-height ceilings, floor to ceiling stained glass windows, Edwardian sculpting, contemporary and classical furniture, and an immaculate white bathroom partitioned by glass.

Features

Indoor pool and unusual, quirky features

The Old Council Chambers

The Town Hall Hotel features a beautiful indoor pool and modern fitness center. Quirky features include a Tea Lady who serves martinis from a mobile cart. For those guests that are interested in the history of the building, there is a fully restored council chamber.

  • The Council Chamber is a court/theater-style venue complete with an original antechamber and fold-down wooden desks
  • The Town Hall Tea Lady mixes and delivers martinis straight to the room from a mobile teacart
  • Sleek, white marble indoor pool
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Food

Creative, forward-thinking fare from Michelin-rated chef Nuno Mendes

Hotel Bar

There are several dining and drinking options at the Town Hall Hotel. The Town Hall Tea Lady delivers martinis straight to the room while the Michelin-rated Viajante serves rustic Portuguese fare.

  • The sustainably-minded Viajante specializes in seafood and occasionally ventures into molecular gastronomy.
  • The Corner Room is a neighborhood restaurant with striking light fixtures, also serving the cuisine of Nuno Mendes.
  • The "Chef in the Room" option provides a private chef in the guest's room for the night.
  • Seasonally inspired cocktails served in the hotel bar

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Address

8 Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London E2 9NF, United Kingdom

Room Types

  • De Montfort Suite
  • Double Bedroom
  • Executive One Bedroom Apartment
  • Executive Studio Apartment
  • One Bedroom Apartment
  • Two Bedroom Apartment

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