located in between the city and the lush greens of victoria park, bethnal green has become one of london's fast-emerging areas, and this trend is very much reflected in streets lined with cool new shops and hospitality venues. the opening of the stylish town hall hotel in 2010 was as a new momentum for this part of the buzzing british capital. housed in an imposing landmark structure, built in the best traditions of edwardian architecture, the property features achingly stylish rooms, suites and apartments, and a number of facilities to match. a very recent addition to the premises is the typing room, the hotly anticipated new restaurant of rising young chef lee westcott. seating only 40 guests, it's named after the town hall’s original typing room where all communications from the former borough's mayor, council and judicial system were put to ink.
oozing a relaxed living room vibe, designers ariana rees roberts and lucinda johnson took cues blended in the building's original historic features in a palette that draws inspiration from the natural landscape. oak, marble and ceramic are paried with touches of brushed brass, resulting in a setting of understated chic. the open kitchen has been designed as a focal point of the space, injecting energy into the room. carefully selected artwork nods to the restaurant's east london location and hotel history. the typing room offers a refined european menu, showcasing and focusing on the british seasons and produce. it lists five snacks, five starters and five mains that demonstrate westcott's signature style of innovate yet unpretentious dishes. a six-course tasting menu is also available for those wishing to sample the full experience. location: town hall hotel, 8 patriot square [bethnal green].