Town Hall Hotel isn’t the most luxurious hotel in London, or the best-located, but I think it might still be my favourite. I love that it feels like it’s exactly where and how it’s supposed to be - smack bang in the middle of Bethnal Green, and as quirky, historic and ever so slightly spooky as its surroundings. Bethnal Green - with its boxing halls and its legendary greasy spoon cafes and its enchanting Museum of Childhood - feels like proper London, and Town Hall Hotel feels like a proper London hotel.
But this isn’t a hotel review, this is just a suggestion that you should really check the Corner Room restaurant if you get a chance. The smaller, sister to Town Hall Hotel’s Michelin-starred Viajante, the Corner Room upstairs is where the food is just as inventive and costs about half the price. It is also amazing. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen dishes presented quite so beautifully - puffs of buttermilk foam, scatterings of crunchy pine, perfect, melting squares of salmon confit…Each plate is like an artwork. It’s almost too pretty to eat.
I said almost.