Green Rooms — London, UK
It may be home to one of the world’s leading arts scenes, but until now London has been noticeably devoid of accommodation that genuinely engages visitors on a creative level.
The Green Rooms is the capital’s first social enterprise hotel, designed to inspire creativity and attract both local and visiting artists. Once home to the North Metropolitan Power and Electricity Company, the 1925 art deco building has been overhauled by local architects SODA, who restored the original stained glass windows and mosaic tiles to sit alongside vintage furnishings from Heal’s and newer pieces by fashion label, Folk.
Comprising 22 rooms, two studio apartments and two dormitories, the hotel’s ethos extends to the ground floor restaurant, which hosts budding restaurateurs rent-free for one year at a time, and sits adjacent to a café and bar, all open to the local community. The crowning glory however, is the third-floor events space. Here, the spoils of the hotel’s artist-in-residences projects will be showcased alongside a free monthly programme of events, put together by the residents, in collaboration with a series of institutional partners from Somerset House to the Royal Court Theatre.