London, United Kingdom

Town Hall Hotel & Apartments

Rates per night from$142.52

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP111.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Reinvented vintage cool

Setting

Bohemian Bethnal Green

Both stately and state-of-the-art, the Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in London’s East End has transformed the old Bethnal Green council building, a grand Edwardian structure with its original polished marble floors, soaring ceilings and grand staircases still in place. Stylish modern fixtures, flourishes, and furnishings – such as floor-to-ceiling glass partitions, bold colours and elegant mod-inspired furnishings – guarantee it's hip enough to hang in this painfully cool part of town. The sprawling building is also home to a stylish brasserie and a terrific wine bar, both of which attract discerning locals.

Smith Extra

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Late check-out till noon and L'Occitane goodies; GoldSmiths also get macaroons on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

98, including 88 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible for an extra charge. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $142.52 (£111), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£15 each for full English).

Also

There’s no spa at the hotel, but a Cowshed one awaits down the road at Shoreditch Rooms. If you're staying solo, Nelson and Nancy (the Town Hall's resident goldfish), can stay in your room for a small fee.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, gym, and a flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, and free bottled water in rooms. A shuttle service takes guests to Liverpool Street and Bank stations at 7.30am and 8.15am on weekday mornings.

Our favourite rooms

Push the boat out and pick the De Montfort Suite, the former Edwardian council room. The ceilings are triple height, and vast glass room dividers brighten up the airy space even more. The heftily sized arched windows draft in lots of light through their plain and stained glass panels and you can even indulge in some ivory tinkling on the suite's Steinway grand piano. There’s seating for 20 – and the head chef can whip up a tasting menu to be taken in-suite.

Poolside

There’s a slimline, heated pool adjacent to the gym in the basement.

Packing tips

Ray-Bans, vintage tea dresses and your best brogues.

Children

Welcome. Cots for babies are free, and extra beds are £75 a night.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Ask for one by the large, industrial-style windows in The Corner Room. For a private party you can arrange a table in the hotel's unique, art deco Council Chamber.

Dress Code

Smart and snappy second-hand chic.

Hotel restaurant

The Corner Room bistro serves brasserie-style food in a cool, casual setting that’s sees a little old-world grandeur spliced with just the right amount of industrial design. The handsome timber floor, wooden furniture and an original marble fireplace come up against factory-style windows – which flood the room with light – and an impressive collection of oversized lights that dangle down from the ceiling. Chef Craig Johnson likes to keep things seasonal, and his love of approachable French cooking is shared by many discerning locals, who often drop by for his two- or three-course lunch menus.

Hotel bar

The hotel is currently hosting a pop-up wine bar with Fred Marti, their head sommelier, who’s compiled a judicious (and ever-changing) list of vibrant, dynamic wines from vineyards that use honest farming methods. There’s a menu of mod-Japanese snacks to match – ask the barman to recommend his best pairings.

Last orders

In The Corner Room, breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is 12pm–2pm; dinner 7pm until 11pm. The wine bar is open from 5pm to midnight from Tuesday to Thursday, and 5pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Room service

Hot and cold snacks are available 24 hours a day. Order a three-course feast from the Corner Room during opening hours, or munch on a late-night honey-roast ham and gruyère sandwich.

Location

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Address
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
8 Patriot Square
London
E2 9NF
United Kingdom

Planes

London City is just under six miles away. From Stansted, the drive should take around 50 minutes.

Trains

London Liverpool Street is a little over a mile from the hotel. From here, trains go all over Essex and to Cambridge. It’s also where the Stansted Express departs from (www.stanstedexpress.com). The closest Tube is Bethnal Green, a three-minute walk down Cambridge Heath Road. It’s on the speedy Central line, which can get you to Oxford Circus in 13 minutes. Every weekday morning, at 7.30am and 8.15am, a shuttle service runs guests to Liverpool Street and Bank stations.

Automobiles

The hotel is just off Cambridge Heath Road. Nearby A roads include A10, A11, A12 and A13. There’s no parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

On Sundays, make sure you wander down to Columbia Road for some bartering with East End traders at the flower market. Shoppers will love Spitalfields, which opens on Thursdays for antiques and vintage, Fridays for fashion and art, and Sundays for everything. Combine a curry with searching for second-hand clothing on a trip to Brick Lane. If you’ve brought children along, take them to Hackney City Farm to spy on the array of donkeys, turkeys and pigs.

Local restaurants

Fine steaks are flame-grilled at Hawksmoor (+44 (0)20 7247 7392) on Commerical Street and at Buen Ayre (+44 (0)20 7275 9900) on Broadway Market. The restaurant at The Boundary hotel (+44 (0)20 7729 1051) serves up charcuterie, oysters and rotisserie-cooked fare. It would be hard to find better smoked salmon in London than that served at Forman’s (+44 (0)208 5252 365) at Stour Road, Fish Island. The views of the Olympic Stadium are also unbeatable, and service is top notch. For dinner-time entertainment provided by lip-synching 'ladies' (of the transvestite variety), head to Bistrotheque (+44 (0)20 8983 7900) in Bethnal Green. Sample top-notch Scotch eggs and gargantuan beef Wellington at the Hunter S. (+44(0)20 7249 7191), a fear- and loathing-free boozer in De Beauvoir Town, a short bus/taxi ride away. Expect to share the dining room with a herd of stuffed animals gracing the walls and ceilings.

Local bars

If you've taken our advice (see above) and nipped down to Broadway Market, make sure you spend a night at Kansas Smitty's, which dishes up mint juleps and live music (jaaaaz, baby) in a subterranean basement space. Call in to Callooh Callay (+44 (0)20 7739 4781) on Rivington Street for some finely mixed cocktails, including punch served in a gramophone. Loungelover is a cocktail bar spilling out from quirky restaurant Les Trois Garcons; drink in eccentric baroque and art deco surroundings. Other cosy pubs in the area include The Florist (+44 (0)20 8981 1100) and The Camel (+44 (0)20 8983 9888) on Globe Road, and The Lauriston on Victoria Park Road (+44 (0)20 8985 5404).

Reviews

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Pat Nourse

Anonymous review

By Pat Nourse, Greedy guts

‘Are you for real?’ Mrs Smith is unenthused about being raised from her afternoon nap by Mr Smith, not least because I’m calling on the house phone from the bar. ‘No, really, you have to get down here,’ I say. ‘There are things going on that defy sense, logic and at least two of Newton’s laws.’ And that’s just the apéritif.

‘You’re familiar with the movie ‘Anchorman’?’ asks the young Australian bartender. Certainly. Who in their right mind isn’t? ‘I think you might like the drink I’ve made, named Ron Burgundy.’ Ron for rum, Burgundy for the pinot, served on a leather-bound book and smelling of rich mahogany with a smoking cinnamon quill garnish – making for the very rare joke drink that’s nonetheless well made enough to give the drinker the last laugh. It’s just one of a series of successively more impressive concoctions, each delivered with more élan than the last.


It’s Mrs Smith’s firm belief that the adventure-playground of art in the Town Hall’s public spaces is something best enjoyed while still under the spell of these creations, and not their after-effects. It’s wild stuff, and not for the faint of aesthetic. Claire Morgan’s artwork Too Woo You, freezes an autumnal flurry of leaves above a staircase, replete with an onlooking owl, beautiful and bewildering in all the right ways. Plaques have been installed around the corridors as a part of art project walkwalkwalk, telling stories of the neighbourhood that blur the routine and the fantastical. They are no less bemusing; one reads: ‘Miss World pushes an old man in a wheelchair down Wilmot Street. She has a question mark branded on her right buttock. It bobs up and down as she walks...’

It’s wonderful stuff, in keeping with Bethnal Green’s nascent arty reputation, underscoring the tension between the civic splendour and council-chambers chic of the original building’s Deco lines, its mighty Edwardian frontage and its latter-day purpose. Mercifully, the rooms are not art installations themselves (‘that would be a terrible idea after a couple of three-gin Martinis,’ notes Mrs Smith), but they are simple spaces decorated in a contemporary mode, an effect heightened considerably by the laser-cut steel screens over the (working) windows of the new upper floors.

As with the modern-meets-Deco-meets-Edwardian look, there’s also a slight disconnect here between the apartment side and the boutique hotel side of the operation. Settling into apartment after we’ve pried ourselves from the bar, and giving it a good old snoop, it’s interesting to note that it has an impressively kitted-out kitchen, but there’s nothing in the fridge except milk and water. (There’s wonderfully little hotel collateral adorning the shelves and tables; the idea of taking them up on the offer of having chef Mendes’ team prepare a six-course in-room tasting menu, it must be said, fills Mrs Smith with ‘equal parts dread and fascination’.) There’s plenty of room to swing cats and most other domestic pets of reasonable size here, and someone with an eye for quality has ticked the boxes with the linens, the iPod docks and the free wifi. L’Occitane products (perhaps incongruously rustic in a hotel so urban) feature in the large and rather saucy bathroom, as does a neatly concealed washer/dryer. Perfect, in short, for anyone who likes to mix a little light cleaning with their dirty weekend.

The Town Hall is still the hippest thing on its block, though it’s a title contested only by the Museum of Childhood, a service station, a Nigerian restaurant, and the Family Butcher (has there ever been a more thrillingly ambiguous name for a meat man?). It is, in short, a happening waiting for the rest of the immediate neighbourhood to catch up. The fact that any mention of a hotel at this Patriot Square E2 address gets a ‘Wheeere?’ response from even the most grizzled of veteran black cab-drivers, is telling. If you’re looking for somewhere convenient for Theatreland or in any way handy for the airport, this isn’t it;  if you’re seeking a base for your East End safari, somewhere that’s of the Shoreditch-Hoxton axis of awesome without being uncomfortably in it, this is your new favourite indie pied-à-terre. It's certainly ours.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Town Hall Hotel & Apartments’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Very large two-bedroom apartment, with two massive ensuite bathrooms. Beautiful interior design of the hotel and very accommodating staff.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Sep 2018

We loved

The hotel kitchen and large rooms are great for longer stays and families whilst in London.

Don’t expect

Comfortable beds or pillows.

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Stayed on 26 Aug 2018

We loved

What a great hotel in a cool location. A beautiful building in the heart of east London which was perfectly placed as a base for us. Gorgeous, large rooms with great bathrooms and amenities. And an amazingly reasonable price for London. Very near to a mainline station and loads of cool eateries, bars, restaurants nearby. Will definitely be back. Sorry we couldn't try the restaurant, as it looked great, but had drinks in the cool bar. Comfy bed, quiet room to sleep in. Staff were all lovely. 10/10.

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Stayed on 11 Aug 2018

We loved

I had a lovely suite which was a very good size and with great decor. I loved the before photos in the room and the unique features of the building. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I was attending an all day conference and the service and facilities were great.

Don’t expect

A large screen tv in your room.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Apr 2018

We loved

We loved the building and the room. We had a suite and it was beautifully designed and very practical. My husband loved the coffee maker and we really enjoyed the generous topping up of the coffee pods. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The food in the Corner Room was excellent and of very good value. Satan's Whiskers, the cocktail bar over the road, is fantastic! Daily cocktail menus...brilliant! Take the bus to Whitechapel and go to the Whitechapel Gallery.

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Stayed on 29 Mar 2018

We loved

We loved the room, which was spacious well equipped. It was my daughter's 23rd birthday and a birthday card was left in the room – a very nice touch. The room was quiet and warm. Lovely bathroom, everything we needed.

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Stayed on 15 Mar 2018

We loved

The hotel room layout, the location, the aesthetic of the hotel. Loved the free milk! Very spacious room with the practicality of an apartment

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Stayed on 30 Nov 2017

We loved

The size of the rooms, the hotel design and the pool. There are great local pubs and a park down the road with an amazing breakfast cafe.

Don’t expect

To want to leave your room.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Jun 2017

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