Bethnal Green, a quintessentially London neighborhood (sari stores, old-fashioned grocers), hasn’t sold out to coolness the way its neighbors Shoreditch and Hoxton have, but being on the wedge’s edge has its benefits. In this case, rooms in a palatial Edwardian Baroque-style former governmental building at moderate rates. Echoing corridors retain more than a touch of bureaucratic architectural aloofness (it may be the only hotel in the world where an intact council meeting hall lies just off the restaurant/lounge area), but everything has been spruced up with attention-catching artwork and a knowing crowd. Spacious loft-style rooms are high-ceilinged and current with shower/deep bathtub combos and bear no resemblance to their mundane origins. “Studios” have kitchens and washer/dryers. A few minor operational glitches (for me: clocks set to the wrong time in the rooms, Wi-Fi that slows down at night when more guests use it) are more than offset by the out-of-the-fray location and nearness to nightlife—and by the indoor lap pool.
Town Hall Hotel
Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2
Our Rating Neighborhood East London Transportation Tube: Bethnal Green Phone 020/7871-0460 Prices Doubles from £173–£277 Amenities 2 restaurants, free shuttle bus to Bank or Liverpool Street on weekday mornings, bar, gym, indoor lap pool, AC, free Wi-Fi Units 98 units Web site Town Hall HotelBook a Room Now
MapPatriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 London
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