From courthouse to hotel: explore the new NoMad London in Covent Garden

Roman and Williams revamped the interiors for its new role

Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station has a second life in Covent Garden, reopening as NoMad London – a jewel-like hotel with a strong metropolitan character.

Situated directly across the street from the Royal Opera House, NoMad London is the first European outpost of the New York-based hospitality brand and has undergone adaptive reuse to convert it from a courthouse. It tapped Roman and Williams to design the hotel’s 91 rooms and suites, whose rates start from £335 per night.

Roman and Williams’ interventions riff on the powerful contrast between the building’s neo-classical 18th-century architecture and the bohemian spirit of its location.

Interiors are animated by decorative woodwork and ethereal murals inspired by the Covent Garden market. At the same time, fabrics and wallpaper are also front and centre, with classic floral motifs that recall the English countryside jostling with playful modernist touches.

Photography: Simon Upton

The Library lounge is a highlight, where guests can enjoy light dishes, coffee, tea, and cocktails surrounded by a beautiful book collection. But the real culinary star of the show is The NoMad Restaurant, helmed by Ashley Abodeely. It’s housed inside a three-storey glass atrium (once the courthouse) and is styled on an Edwardian greenhouse. Meanwhile, Side Hustle has a cosier, English pub vibe.

28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW, United Kingdom

Wallpaper is used heavily across Roman and William's interiors, which pick up cues from the Covent Garden location and its floral offerings
Photography: Simon Upton
A corner of NoMad Restaurant with its moody paint effect
Photography: Simon Upton
Photography courtesy of Sydell Group
Photography: Simon Upton
Photography: Benoit Linero
Photography: Simon Upton
The building is Grade II-listed and has undergone adaptive reuse for its new role
Photography: Emsie Jonker

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