Town Hall Hotel & Apartments


By Laura Ivill, August 25, 2011
Modern accommodation housed in what was previously Bethnal Green Town Hall

Modern accommodation housed in what was previously Bethnal Green Town Hall

Vibrant is the word used to describe areas of London that are culturally diverse and far from gentrification; and so we find The Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in "London's vibrant East End".

That said, hop in a cab from the City and you're there in a matter of minutes. If you arrive after dark there is no mistaking your destination: a beautifully up-lit, grand, Neoclassical façade to this Edwardian and Art Deco building that was once the pride of Bethnal Green.

Bold innovations by Rare architects to the Grade II-listed building include a stunning laser-cut metal veil façade at the rear and a new roof space.

This combined with work by expert restorers to the marble, wood and plaster has created something that's fascinating and unique, a place to stay that feels historic while being modern-comfortable. Add in artwork installations from six up-and-coming East End artists, and it's a cleverly elegant package with a twist.

No hotel chain has its finger in this particular pie. It is the vision of lawyer-turned-hotelier Loh Lik Peng, who has come up with a new concept for city guests. Most (92 out of 98) rooms function as apartments, each with a fully equipped kitchen and seating area. With reconditioned vintage furniture in every room and a place to work, plus free wi-fi, they really do make cool and comfortable pied à terres for a longer stay.

The restaurant, Viajante has become a destination spot for Londoners, so book ahead. It offers a tasting menu, with wine pairings, put together buy chef patron, Numo Mendes. The bar is stylish, yet particularly cosy for a hotel. You might want to linger too long.

RATES: Rooms: from £136
TEL: 020 7871 0460

Last updated: 11:57am, August 25 2011