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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
An absolute gem. The attention to detail behind the design of this hotel is just brilliant. So much history, such a great story and told with a design that is simple, unique and just great to stay in. Really warm welcome from the moment you check in. I ran out of milk and it was sent upstairs within minutes. I've stayed in various rooms from the basic to 1 bed apartment and each comes equipped with a really good sized kitchen. The bathroom and products are lush. I swam in the pool for the first time during my last visit and it is an absolute haven. The bed and linen are really nice quality. I've tried the breakfasts which are great. Really nice informal dining room with great choice on menu. I really want to try the dinner menu. Looks great too. My absolute favourite place to stay when working in London. Really can't recommend it enough.
We stayed here because this is where the wedding we were invited to was taking place.
We had an executive suite which meant there was a small kitchen and washer dryer and more space.
The room was clean and as my husband was sick, having a kettle and tea was good to have in the room.
The queen bed as we know it in North America was actually a double. Not great as we are tall people but the duvet cover was nice and puffy.
The bathroom was one of those that is glassed in- a hotel trend I can’t stand- but there is a curtain you can pull over it to afford you some privacy. The bath/shower combo is dangerous- very high to step into, a bath mat that slipped and both of us banged our knees badly on the tub getting in and out. Please be careful!
Nice smelling shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand cream provided.
The reception staff were very helpful with directions.
The rooms where the wedding took place were charming and the food served was very good.
We prefer to stay in central London so doubt we will be back as we found it far (London being so spread out and so much traffic!). But if you like to stay in East London, it is charming!
We stayed at the Town Hall Hotel for 2 nights and have nothing but positive comments.
The staff are delightful. I’ve seen a few comments below regarding certain members of staff but we encountered nothing of the sort.
We had a room on the lower ground floor but it was very well-proportioned with an excellent kitchen and fantastic shower. We didn’t make much use of the kitchen but it was well-equipped with a fancy coffee machine, fridge, dishwasher etc.
Having an indoor pool with plenty of towels is a massive bonus. The pool is also heated so make the most of it during the fast-approaching winter months.
We took the liberty of having breakfast at the Corner Room and really enjoyed the cooked vegetarian and continental options. The croissants were delicious!
The closest station that we opted to go to was Bethnal Green (circle line). It’s really straightforward to get in and out of Central London so don’t worry too much about this if you’re considering staying a bit further afield.
Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable stay. We would no doubt stay again when we next visit London.