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
Geinuine and competent reception staff makes you feel welcome and the checkin was overall very good exerience. The rooms are impressively spacious and representing duality of London - a harmonious blend of an eclectic modern and traditional - with added luxe to great extent. Friendly room service and skilled chef serve beautiful dishes, desserts and drinks. I will recommend to anyone who loves luxorius and stunning mixed with East London spirit.
hotel has space for hosting various events - once I will use this service for my event I will share with you the experience too.
i was a guest for a wedding and was immediately impressed with the restoration work that was done. They were able to preserve the original look and feel of it's original intent and blended it well with a nice modern deco design that didn't seem overwhelming. Every common space was nicely kept including the meeting rooms which was used for the wedding ceremony.
I was able to look at one of the rooms and they were also arranged quite nicely.
Close to the train station and bus stops, it will be very convenient for your guests to attend. But do not expect an easy place to park your car. Spaces are very limited.
Recommended to host any type of venue, your guests will be amazed.
Booked by a friend as we needed a two bed apartment and this was a better option than two separate rooms in a similarly placed location. The hotel room was fantastic, great set up and everything we needed including coffee maker on hand. Only draw back was a that it was a bit warm, didn’t get chance to use the gym or pool but will be staying again
Stayed here twice during my recent trip and got to experience different rooms. The suites and apartments are very spacious for London and also offer kitchens and washing machines. The vintage design suits the old building very well and creates a lovely hip but cosy atmosphere. Great service from Shazia at the front desk and Matteo and his colleague at the concierge.
Stayed here two nights for a wedding. Lovely spacious room, great building. room was clean, big comfortable bed, sofa, bath and shower, plus facilities we didn't use eg cooker, hob, dishwasher, etc.
The wedding itself was great - well organised, good food, plenty of staff waiting on; although apparently they hadn't followed the table layout the bride and groom had asked for.
BUT - customer service in the hotel generally is very poor. Receptionist took ages to check us in, didn't really seem to know what she was doing. Breakfast on both mornings: had to wait ages for coffee, then again for food; the manager was brusque and rude, waitresses (looked like sixth formers / students) clearly hadn't been trained properly and were not good. As things went on it became more like Fawlty Towers.
Despite the great building (1910 Town Hall - very grand - revamped and modernised on the inside) we would not stay here again. Nor could we recommend it. Unless you go out for breakfast and just use it to sleep in.