An Art-Deco oasis in the heart of bustling Bethnal Green, Town Hall Hotel has become a mecca for leisure loving tourists and hip East Londoners alike….
Words Annie May Byrne-Noonan
Built with little expense spared as the original Town Hall in 1910 and extended during the 1930s. The building has since earned a reputation as the architectural gem of East London. A fusion of Edwardian grandeur and Art-Deco panache. Today Town Hall Hotel offers luxury loving Londoners something different from the same old glass boxes. Not content with providing comfortable rooms. Town Hall has become a foodie destination for locals. With its selection of chic restaurants and even a luxury bar.
Despite its incognito position tucked away from the manic thoroughfare of Bethnal Green Road. The Hotel’s frontage is both grand and mysterious. With its lack of advertising helping to tempt curious passers by inside.
Guests enter a marbled lobby that would fulfil Woody Allen’s wildest cinematic dreams. Not only a figment of Hollywood imagination. Town Hall Hotel has provided a timeless backdrop for many high profile films. From ‘Atonement’ to ‘Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.’ Other creative talents that have graced its plated halls include photographer extraordinaire Mario Testino.
Town Hall Hotel boasts an impressive array of rooms in which to stay. But its signature suites stand out amongst the offerings of countless other luxury hotels. For high end clients, the staff at Town Hall Hotel are happy for them to make themselves at home. Chefs are free to prepare stellar courses in the signature suite’s bespoke kitchen for dinner parties that seat up to twenty people. They can even make Town Hall Hotel their home by renting rooms for longer periods.
The Hotel also offers one and two bedroom apartments, double bedrooms, and studios equipped to an impressive standard. Room service is available 24/7. And serves everything from an artisan ham and cheese toastie to a three course dinner.
The hotel has a state of the art pool and fitness centre that is open daily until midnight. But the pool is no metropolitan hotel cliche. Designed in the spirit of Town Hall’s Art-Deco origins. White marble and shades of brass decorate the poolside. During the day natural light pours over the swimmers as they exercise and relax.
Despite Town Hall’s intimate and member’s club style setting. It has a surprising selection of restaurants for guests and locals to enjoy. The Corner Room restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for those who want a more relaxed experience. Without compromising on high grade produce. The food is both affordable and British sourced. The Typing Room offers tasting menus for a gastronomic style lunch or dinner. For those after something more buzzy. The Peg + Patriot is Town Hall’s go to drinking destination and offers sophisticated cocktails and bar snacks.
Town Hall Hotel brings some much needed members club chic to this still commercial part of East London. This busy part of Bethnal Green having withstood the gentrification of its neighbours. Such as Shoreditch and Broadway market. It falls short of charming places to eat and drink that gives the other areas their villagey vibe. But Town Hall Hotel has filled this void. By providing hip Bethnal Greeners and in the know tourists with an intimate space to eat, drink and be merry.