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
We stayed at the hotel one night.
The room we had was very large, and comfortable.
Location was good being close to the city and Bethnal Green is no longer home to the Kray Brothers (or similar).
Didn’t eat in the hotel but the restaurant looked good. Many places to eat outside though.
Good: Historical building, nicely renovated, huge rooms, big indoor pool.
Bad: Very poor service, no reply to repeated email inquiries, no action at all to repeated requests to turn on the heating in the bathrooms, no information at arrival that you have to expressively indicate you want the room to be cleaned.
The surroundings are okay, Regent's Canal is within walking distance, the nearest tube is about 7 minutes away.
The poor service was the most disappointing for me - the people were just uninterested and it was obvious they were aware of that.
My family stayed here and we just loved it! The hotel exceeded our expectations. The staff was phenomenal and very helpful. It is close to the tube which made it very easy to get around London. We enjoyed breakfast every mornning at the restaurant and we especially enjoyed their pancakes.
I booked 3 nights here in May as it was ideally located for my meetings. I decided to stay Saturday and boy was that a mistake. This lovely hotels hosts weddings including parties so there was very loud music blasting the place until 1am. I tried calling the reception from my room but the music was so loud they couldn't hear the phone ringing and/or they didn't care. I finally decided to walk dow’ and they apologised offering to change room and assuring the music was lowering. Who wants to pack their stuff at 12 at night to change rooms??
I was really upset and left too early next morningto speak with the manager.
Oh and dont forget your plug adaptors : hotel sells them for £18!!!! Went to the corner shop , owner said he usually sells them but was out of stock. Wondering if the hotel buys all his stock to resell x6.
£300/room definitely not worth it
Very nice and functional hotel, nicely decorated. the apartment is huge with great master bedroom, great livingroom/diningroom/kitchen. all appliances are functional. free coffee and awesome coffee espresso machine. Free water (still and sparkling). The walk to the underground station is not too far (around 350 meter). Staff is friendly and helpful. It also helps that they restore a historical building to a hotel so you feel different walking in.