An east London town hall becomes a buzzy new hotel

A defunct civic building is painstakingly restored as a hotel

The resounding success of Sir Terence Conran’s Boundary Restaurant, Rooms & Rooftop in Shoreditch was inevitably going to occasion the arrival of other buzzy hotels to the farther reaches of east London. Here’s the first to give it a run for its money: Town Hall Hotel & Apartments (www.townhallhotel.com; from £204) debuts at the end of April in Bethnal Green, in a defunct 1930s civic building with a painstakingly restored neoclassical and Edwardian frontage, and interiors reconfigured to house 98 studios and apartments sparsely and tastefully furnished with original contemporary Scandinavian pieces.

The jewel in Town Hall’s crown promises to be its restaurant, Viajante, which will feature local chef Nuno Mendes (who has been delighting intrepid foodies for the past year at The Loft, his private dining club on Kingsland Road) at the helm.

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