Finally I'm getting round to reviewing my amazing home from my trip to London, the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green.
Our London showroom was just on Brick Lane in the Shoreditch area so rather than stay with my sister for a full week all the way in West London, it made sense to find a hotel in the area, and the Town Hall Hotel was the perfect home away from home. A brisk 20 minute walk away from the show room and all the fun of Shoreditch, a mere block from the Central Line and quiet enough to escape to from the bustle of the day and the self inflicted chaos of the evenings.
The hotel itself is a Mid Century design fiend's (aka me) wet dream – filled with vintage furniture, wood, clean lines, perfect angles and a gorgeous mid-century palette all housed in a former, actual Town Hall. It was always quiet and peaceful, even with families residing in the space we would rarely see or hear other guests – with the exception of Elle Fanning, who was filming near by and could be seen wandering the halls reading lines…or being cool, and about 12, or however old she is.
The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful – not in an obnoxious "have a nice day now" way, but in an indispensable, couldn't live without their awesomeness kind of way. We're talking chauffeur driven BMW's available within 5 minutes, cigarettes at 2am and offers to put up my mother in their family homes in Sicily. THAT kind of awesome.
My room, a studio, not dissimilar to the one pictured above (unfortunately on any given day, photographing my own room was an impossibility since I was leaving practically before the sun came up coming back long after it went down, plus it was filled to the brim with suitcases and show room supplies) was fantastic. the perfect size and convenience to be my home for a full week.
The room featured a small living area, a full kitchen (including dishwasher!) and dining area and an en suite bathroom. The bed was comfy and well sized and of course the space was impeccably decorated (I'd literally die for the mirror in the picture above – it span round to reveal shelving!)
Most importantly for someone who was working around the clock – seriously I'd come home from working all day and drinking all evening, only to have to deal with clients back in California when I should have been sleeping – there was WiFi included. I've said it time and again, but please, can all US hotels get on this?!
The only criticism I'd have, and that was only due to the fact I was often in the space with others, was that the bathroom was a little less than private…meaning "toilet moments" were best served by the lobby bathroom.
We weren't able to fully try out the restaurants on site – Michelin starred Viajante and the Corner Room – due to our schedules, but I did order room service one morning. Whilst it was efficient, I was a little disappointed – I ordered "dippy" (soft boiled) eggs and "soldiers" (toast cut into strips) – and the eggs were hard boiled not dippy and the "soldiers" were actually cut into toast points and not soldiers, making the whole meal pretty ineffectual.
Overall my stay at the Town Hall Hotel was glorious and after almost a full week in their company, saying goodbye to the friendly staff and my new home was quite a sad experience. I'd love to go back given the opportunity, perhaps with Mr Style next time, and a less hectic schedule – I didn't even get to try their phenomenal looking pool – despite packing my swimsuit and healthy intentions!
Next time, Town Hall, next time.
My stay at the Town Hall Hotel was at a reduced media rate