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
Amazing huge room, comfy bed, brilliant shower, great location, super friendly and helpful staff on reception this weekend. Loads of character in this hotel. Close to Columbia Road & Broadway market. Will be returning! Phone up to book for the best rates and deals
Simply my favourite hotel! Still can’t quite believe it’s so ideal for visiting my son.
Easy to get into town. Plenty of variety of eateries within a walk if you do your research and no doubt hotel staff will help- that’s if you want to leave the Town Hall.
The hotel has such solidity and gravitas as a former municipal building. This together with the imaginative, individual room design and the quirky fittings make it somewhere you want to leave home for. The young, friendly, accommodating staff and the calm hotel dog similarly add a feel good factor. The pool and mini gym are beautifully kept. Breakfast is varied and healthy.
Looking forward to my next visit!
Nice hotel, lovely helpful staff, I booked a deluxe apartment and the facilities were great travelling on the road it’s nice to have kitchen facilities so you can make a nice meal rather than room service all of the time! Room was nice and spacious only down sides for me were even with heating on I was cold, shower took ages to get warm and even when it did, it didn’t feel hot. Lastly parking wasn’t great I got a spot on the road but you have to move by 8.30 with no option to pay not great when you have a meeting 5 mins away at 11am
As a group of friends stopping for a coffee because 2 of our party used to work in this building before it became a hotel. We mentioned this to our waiter as the head of house keeping Paul was walking by. He heard this and offered us a tour to see what had changed.
Wow! How fantastic is this Hotel. Paul showed us lots of rooms, suites the pool area and all of the meeting rooms. The building being grade 2 listed has been sympatheticly modernised but keeping the features of the original town hall.
Paul also gave us a booklet on how the work was done and how the planning process was presented.
If you ever need a hotel room just to the east of the city of London you won't be disappointed
Paul you were great thank you for the tour.
We loved what they have done to convert the old Town Hall to a hotel and enjoyed our stay.
• Brilliant renovation and preservation of original architecture, furnishings and atmosphere.
• Top floor extension is modern but sympathetic to the original and ‘fits in’
• Loved the ‘retro’ furniture in our room and the public spaces
• Good location and surprisingly quiet
• Less than 5 minutes’ walk from Bethnal Green Tube
• Large, comfortable and clean room with 6 (yes 6) floor to ceiling windows
• Excellent pool in the basement (we had it to ourselves)
• Fresh milk free in reception and mini SMEG in the room plus complimentary water and wine (other hotels please note and spoil your guests as well as Town Hall Hotel does)
• Enjoyable guided tour of the principle public rooms
• Iffy service for coffee in ‘restaurant area,’ so we didn’t even consider eating there
• Never found the bar
• Signage is so discrete you can’t see it (a fellow guest spent over 10min looking for her room)
• Pool has no dressing area or lockers (change in your room and use the robes and slippers provided to go down)
• We are 70 +/- 2 years old so a clear glass walled bathroom is a no-no
As said, these quibbles are minor. I highly recommend the Town Hall Hotel. It was excellent value for money. We are looking for an excuse to stay in this unique hotel again.