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've had a reservation for >3 months with this hotel. Two days before my arrival I get an email from hotels.com saying that this property cancelled my reservation "because it will be undergoing maintenance". This is at the same time as a high profile music festival right next door in Victoria Park, so now it's effectively impossible to find rooms in this area.
I really can't believe they would not plan ahead construction to give guests time to find alternate plans and I think it's extremely unprofessional of them to not plan these things in advance.
I will not be staying here and will make sure to write reviews here, on hotels.com and Yelp to warn people about this place.
We stayed here as a base for a family celebration. Check in was quick as we had booked through a very popular online travel portal so it was all pre-paid. The reception staff gave us a very warm welcome.
The apartment we stayed in was on the ground floor, it was very spacious and had large windows so was full of light. There was a kitchen in the main room with dishwasher and microwave so great for a longer stay, if you are on a budget. They have a fridge in the reception area where you can help yourself to milk. There was a settee, small dining table and chairs and flat screen TV in the living room.
The bedroom was clean and tidy, there is a safe for your valuables and wardrobe. I could not find an iron or ironing board but I’m sure you can get one from reception. The only improvement I would recommend is they provide a larger TV for the bedroom as the tiny monitor provided was inadequate for a room of that size. I needed binoculars to see the screen from the bed!
The bathroom was large and fully kitted out, hairdryer, shaving mirror etc. but you have to climb into the bath to take a shower, so it would not be suitable for someone who was elderly or infirm. I am also not a great fan of soap dispensers that are bolted to the walls as I like to have the shampoo and shower gel close when I’m having a bath not three feet above me beyond reach! Yes I have mild OCD! LOL
There is a wine bar and a restaurant within the building, but we we didn’t have time to check these out on this occasion.
Breakfast in the Garden Room was a great start to our day. The room is surrounded by potted plants and lots of quirky details. The staff were very attentive and pleasant. The price of food and drink was very reasonable I thought. On that note I will definitely book direct with the hotel next time as I think I could of got breakfast included in the price that I paid my online travel booker.
All in all we had a very pleasant stay and we have booked again for another family event next month.
Awful customer service. We made a booking in February to be near an event in Bethnal Green this May Bank Holiday and received an email "Dear John-Paul, your booking is guaranteed and all paid for." Yesterday our booking was cancelled with 7 days notice. The only alternative we can find at such short notice is a long way from Bethnal Green.
Just love this hotel. As soon as you walk through the doors it feels special. The first time I visited I had a very grand room but this time I was given a more modern room in the roof extension. Very spacious with a quirky see through shower room and a bath actually in the bedroom. The only thing I would do differently would be to ask in reception for the windows to be opened to the balcony. As my stay was short I didn’t bother but with hindsight I should’ve done. Will definitely return some time in the future.
Beautiful hotel with a quirky yet stylish style, comfortable and spacious rooms. The pool is small but big enough to swim and unwind.
We had a really enjoyable relaxing weekend.
The location is not ideal but you can get to the centre of London by tube or cab easily.