The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

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 mod­ern­com­fort­able. Add in art­work in­stal­la­tions from six up-and­com­ing 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.

Mod­ern ac­com­mo­da­tion housed in what was pre­vi­ously Beth­nal Green Town Hall

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