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)
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Hip heritage hotel in London's East End with apartment-style rooms, a speakeasy bar and a basement pool
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.