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A new hotel in London is offering affordable rooms for visiting artists

A new hotel in London is reinventing the idea of what a hotel should be. The Green Rooms opening in London’s Wood Green on 20 June is putting itself forward as “the first arts-led social enterprise hotel in the UK.

The Greenrooms Hotel
The Greenrooms Hotel Image by Greenrooms/Facebook

It will be a creative centre and an integral part of the arts community.” The idea behind the hotel is for it to offer affordable accommodation to artists as well as spaces required for creative projects and artistic collaborations. Guests pay for a room but included in that price are a variety of rehearsal rooms, studio spaces, and exhibition spaces too, in order to foster work and creativity. Artists will in fact get preferential rates at the Green Rooms and will be encouraged to stage exhibitions in the space during their stay. The hotel will of course be open to the rest of the public too.

The building sits opposite Wood Green tube station. The four-storey building previously belonged to the North Metropolitan Power and Electricity Company and has retained many of its art deco features dating back to its construction in 1935. The man behind this social enterprise project is Nick Hartwright who said he came up with the idea for the Green Rooms after noticing there was a very clear shortage of affordable hotel accommodation in London for visiting artists.

The rooms in the Green Rooms go from private ensuite doubles to dorms of up to 18 people, and they’re taking bookings already!