The area around Liverpool Street has a bit of a double personality. Monday to Friday, it’s all sharp suits, briefcase carrying and business meetings. Come the weekend, the City of London comes into its own, with markets at Spitalfields and Brick Lane, and all manner of merry revellers spilling out of the bars of Shoreditch. A stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station, although the Andaz Liverpool Street has a distinctly businessy feel during the week, it’s perfectly located for weekend stays and exploring the artistic delights of East London.
And The Room With A View project at the five-star luxury boutique hotel perfectly encapsulates this dichotomy. The hotel has commissioned four artists to transform rooms, inspired by the local area and its rich history and vibrant creative spirit. Being revealed gradually over a year-long period, each of the rooms is individually decorated – guaranteed you’ve never stayed anywhere like this before! A street art-style stay is pretty special, after all.
The first room to be unveiled was Chris Price’s Pearly Room: a monochromatic tribute to the flamboyant Pearly Kings and Queens of the East End. The level of detail in Price’s drawing is nothing short of remarkable, depicting Spitalfields Church, the streets around Brick Lane, and thousands of tiny pearly buttons. The story goes that in the 19th century a Japanese ship sunk in the Thames, along with a cargo of pearl buttons, which then washed up on shore. The local market traders took to sewing them onto their clothes, and the rest as they say…
The second room is inspired by the idea of being a flanêur and exploring the local area. Patrick Vale and Paul Davis’ One Day Walk documents the artistic pair’s nine-hour journey, starting with breakfast at St John Bread and Wine, and taking in iconic places along the way, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Columbia Road. It’s a fascinating overview of the area and its quirks – who says you need a city guide?
Andaz Liverpool Street’s Room With A View Large King rooms is now available to book from £378 on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday night) and £252 on weekends (Friday & Saturday) until July 2015. For further information about Andaz Liverpool Street telephone 0207 961 1234 or visit www.andazliverpoolstreet.com