Green Rooms may have opened in May, but London’s first hotel for artists has been an evolving project; a collaborative creation on a giant scale. Five months on, we take you on a tour of the Art Deco building to show you how it’s shaped up.

The social enterprise – led by founder Nick Hartwright – offers affordable accommodation for artists and performers visiting the city. Guests are charged as little as £18 a night to stay in the 1934 former electricity showroom.

Architects SODA whipped the building into shape, carving out hotel rooms, studios and dormitories inside its voluminous floors. The 1930s bathrooms have been retained, Art Deco elements restored and rooms are filled with midcentury furnishings picked by Hoxton Hotel founder Kurt Bredenbeck, who collaborated on the project.

But Green Rooms is about more than where to lay your head…

Photography: Pawel Ptak
Photography: Pawel Ptak

The top floor – formerly the rather grand boardroom – has been reborn as a performance and exhibition space, open to the public, while a culinary incubator and bar fill Green Rooms’ ground floor.

Now the paint has well and truly dried, have a snoop around…

Music by Man Power

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