The Buxton marries 1950s glamour with gritty charm in East London

A defunct boozer is recast as a bar and hotel

Standing proud on a southerly, sun-baked corner of Brick Lane in east London, The Buxton pub and hotel is the second labour of love from architect Gareth Roberts and business partner Nico Treguer, of The Culpeper. The duo has ambitiously recast a nondescript drinking joint (The Archers) as a characterful open kitchen and bar, surmounted by a 15-room hotel.

At the heart of the renovation is a respect for traditional craft and local artists; an ode to Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton – politician, social reformer, and owner of the nearby Truman Brewery.

Exposed brickwork and Victorian fireplaces are paired with bespoke 1950s inspired designs: a Rosso Levanto marble countertop, inlaid brass and Sapele wood (a sustainable alternative to Mahogany) and a unique staircase balustrade from local metalworker Orlando Richards.

Upstairs, bedrooms (which start from £100 per night) are airy though compact, with a near-utilitarian use of whitewashed brick, Georgian wired glass and metallic tubing. All are enlivened by Margo Selby’s colourful woven artworks – another nod of recognition to Sir Buxton, and his patronage of the local weaving community.

The Buxton marries 1950s glamour with gritty charm in East London
Photography: Louise Long for The Spaces

Not content with a design overhaul, the team sought to recover the original Victorian stature of the building, raising its roof by two and a half floors, using original brickwork. From the 5th floor, a rooftop garden (exclusive to hotel guests) has panoramic views from Truman’s steeple to the spires of the city.

42 Osborn Street, London E1 6TD

The Buxton marries 1950s glamour with gritty charm in East London
Photography: Louise Long for The Spaces
The Buxton marries 1950s glamour with gritty charm in East London
Photography: Louise Long

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