Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the pool
- Tons of original Art Deco features and vintage furniture
- The intimate restaurant occupies the town hall's former typing room
- Light-flooded basement pool
- Roomy apartments feature fully equipped kitchens; great for longer stays in the capital
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What To Know
- Immediate area is a little gritty in parts, but it’s a 20-minute walk to Shoreditch and a five-minute stroll to the underground (on the Central Line)
- Free shuttle service to Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf (Monday to Friday mornings only)
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Housed in an Edwardian town hall that served London’s East End for more than 80 years, Town Hall Hotel has retained its neoclassical façade, hung onto its marble-lined lobby and kitted out its 98 apartments and guestrooms with Art Deco furniture and modern amenities. It was abandoned in 1993 and served as a backdrop for Brit flicks including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Atonement (there’s a library of films shot at the property at reception), until a Parisian design duo transformed the space into an urban refuge in 2010. The original marble-clad lobby, sweeping staircase and vintage cabinets stuffed full of curios greet you at check-in, while a funky playlist shuffles from ’50s jazz to ’60s soul to ’70s Bowie.
Bed & Bath
Most of the 98 guestrooms are apartments (there are just nine double rooms), all of which have full kitchens with ovens, ranges, fridge/freezers, dishwashers, and Musetti coffee machines. Original or custom-designed midcentury furniture is paired with a soothing color palette of powder-blue, teal and mahogany, and the modern peekaboo bathrooms (there are curtains for privacy) have epic rainfall showers and sizable tubs.
The intimate 40-seat restaurant occupies the town hall’s former typing room where communications from the mayor were written up. Helmed by British chef, Lee Westcott (following stints at Claridge’s, Noma and Per Se), the menu features innovative dishes made with British produce paired with an impressive drinks list including a number of English wines served by the glass. A cheaper, more laid-back alternative is the Corner Room restaurant, where a two-course lunch costs around $25. Grab a pre-dinner drink at the speakeasy-style bar where vintage-clad hipsters sip quirky cocktails. There’s a light-flooded basement pool and a small gym on-site, open 6 a.m. to midnight.
How to Get There
I stayed here for three nights - the benefit of having a bit more space than a hotel room and your own kitchen is fantastic. The first room I got was great - well designed, kitchen, hidden away behind large doors and plenty of space to relax. The only problem was there was no air con and you couldn't open the window. I asked to move and a very helpful staff member tried to sort it. But this was stymied by an over zealous manager who left the poor receptionist to try and explain to me that they had no rooms available - despite an online check showing they still had space. Very poor service which left me feeling like a second class citizen.
I managed to get moved on the second day to a room with air con! No problem this time, a helpful receptionist who couldn't believe I hadn't been moved on the first night. Made all the difference, actually got a decent night's sleep.
Leaving aside the terrible customer service on day one, I would venture back here - but I would check the room immediately on arrival and not be palmed off again.
Arrived after 34 hours of travel from Australia to find wedding music reverberating through the hotel. With two more weddings over the next two nights the hotel was quick to offer a room removed from the music. Nothing was to difficult for the staff. High recommend and will return if we come back to London.
This place is a gem.
Wonderful spacious rooms with every facility. Great staff, hard to fault. We love it! It has a fascinating history that’s worth exploring with little glimpses here and there throughout the hotel.
We’re certainly coming back.
Spacious two bedroom apartments with bathrooms in each room. Nice kitchen with cafe machine, refrigerator and both sparking and regular water stocked daily. Also had a t.v. coach, ironing board and a washer-dryer.
Basically, all the amenities you need. It's not in the middle of any major tourist attractions but it's not too far from the metro stop and about a 20+ minute walk to a pretty cool part of town (Brick Lane)
It's a great value and would definitely recommend if you are traveling as a family or group of friends.
Arrived on Saturday afternoon at 4pm and was being collected for work at 6pm, check in was quick and great! I wanted to eat in the restaurant or bar area but this option was not available, which would of resulted in me having to eat in my apartment which the air conditioning was broken so was rather warm on a warm Saturday afternoon. So I walked to the end of the road and ate in the local Italian. Apart from not having air con in my apartment the hotel team were all really nice and helpful. Nice place full of character too.