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Green Rooms: The design-led hotel with creativity at its core

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Green Rooms brands itself as ‘London’s arts hotel, a social enterprise offering affordable accommodation in a beautiful setting’. The 1930s art-deco building, snugly fit in the heart of Wood Green high street certainly attests to that.

Founder and social entrepreneur Nick Hartwright had been toying with the idea of Green Rooms for a long time before it came to fruition. The challenge for Nick and his team, eventually, was making sure they were filling the ever-growing gap in the market for genuinely affordable, design-led accommodation in London. Who has £250 to spend on a night in a hotel in London, except the filthy stinkin’ rich?

And what’s the alternative? A rotten Premier Inn with glitchy bathroom lights and bed sheets you wouldn’t dare turn a black-light on? No thanks.

That’s where Green Rooms comes in; tucked inside a repurposed late art-deco building in the heart of Wood Green thanks to partial funding from the Mayor of London and the help of savvy architects from SODA, the hotel is yet another step in helping to boost the capital’s (affordable) arts and creative scene. And more than the outside, it’s the inside where the fun really happens.

By day, Green Rooms opens its doors to its creatives as an “ideas incubator”; artists can meet other artists, connect with other creatives working in and around their space and collaborate on new ideas together. By night, the hotel holds host to a vast array of exciting events, exhibitions and shows. Anything from exhibitions for local artists to DJ nights, comedy nights, yoga classes, wedding receptions and live music performances in the lobby bar. 

Image courtesy of Green Rooms

While the space is open to anyone and everyone, it is set-up primarily for people working in creative industries; artists, musicians, poets, actors, writers, curators and everyone in between. Communal work areas, rehearsal spaces, a stunning Third Floor Gallery for recording music and shooting videos, and vintage-design bedrooms fit for a royal photoshoot. That’s not to say guests from all walks of life don’t get involved. Green Rooms has hosted young players from the local Rugby Club and groups of future medical students who come from across the globe to get work experience in UK hospitals.

A fully stocked bar and ever-changing restaurant menu also add to the social hub’s appeal. Since opening, Green Rooms has hosted diverse, international pop-up kitchens ranging from Nigerian, British Fish & Chips, Columbian, Caribbean and Souvlaki. The latest residency comes in the form of local Japanese chef Fan Yi’s ‘Oita’; signature special fried chicken ‘Karaage’ is served with cold beers and delicious sauces, Chicken or Salmon Teriyaki is in abundance and there’s even Mochi ice cream if you’ve got space for dessert.

With cool, spacious dormitories starting at just £19 per night and a whole host of exciting events, chilled out spaces and great food, you can’t really go wrong. The dormitories are perfect for groups of (between 12 and 14) friends, students or creatives who want to sleep together in one big space. Alternatively, you can book a bed by yourself in a dorm with a bunch of new people. If you want your own space, private rooms start at just £56 per night.

Located in the heart of Wood Green high street, you’re a short walk from Wood Green tube station on the Piccadilly Line. Get to King’s Cross in around 12 minutes, and the West End in just 20.

Green Rooms offer special rates and rooms can be booked via their website www.greenrooms.london using the below voucher codes:

1st July - 31st December 2018

Voucher Code STUDY15

Standard Room - £56 single / £74 double occupancy

Corner Room - £62 single / £80 double occupancy

En-suite Room - £74 single / £92 double occupancy

Studio - £98 single/double occupancy 

Voucher Code STUDYD

Dormitory - £19 

 

Rates are quoted per room (bed) and night, inclusive of service, 20% VAT and free Wi-Fi. 

 

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