This week, we’re loving all things east London: namely, Town Hall Hotel and its scene-shaking restaurant appendage, Viajante. Not only is the hotel scooping our crown as we speak, later on you can find out about all things Nuno Mendes, with our interview with Viajante’s star chef…
Style Made-over chambers
Setting Bohemian Bethnal Green
Why this week? Earlier this week, Nuno Mendes, of Viajante fame, took time out from crafting 12-course menus in his kitchens to catch up with our Lucy, so she could find out all about the hotel’s new Corner Room bistro and other Epicurean delights. Check back later for the Q&A to find out just where he gets his duck tongues from. Also, Smith members are currently privy to a boutique hotel offer – 20 per cent off for stays from late July until October 2011.
Our favourite bits The original Edwardian building is now new and improved by sleek modern fixtures such as floor-to-ceiling glass, but the old marble floors, high ceilings and stately staircases remain intact. We love the revitalised council room, the De Montfort Suite, where 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.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘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 feature in the large and rather saucy bathroom, as does a neatly concealed washer/dryer. Perfect, 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…’
You say ‘Wow – they’ve done such a fantastic job with the Town Hall Hotel. Its look is art deco meets All Saints. It’s not in the most salubrious of locations (a Bethnal Green council estate) but I think it adds to the appeal. It is steps away from Shoreditch. Highly recommended for anyone who wants an edgy but luxurious option in London.’
(Laura, BlackSmith, stayed on 8 Oct 2010)
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