Night night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite… Well, you won’t find any of those in your bedroom at the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel where the first of a year-long series of East London-inspired art rooms has just been unveiled.
Alice of Alice & Co with artists Chris Price and Delisia Howard in front of their mural at the Andaz Liverpool St London Hotel
Artist Chris Price and his cockney wife and partner-in-paint Delisia Howard have created a striking black and white Edwardian East End street scene in one of Andaz’s Large King guest rooms that is now called ‘The Pearly Room’. It’s the first of four artist collaborations at the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel in East London.
They’ve painted a handsome pearly king and his winsome queen either side of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church, Spitalfields, which you can just see for real if you crane your neck out of the window of ‘The Pearly Room’.
Flying around the church spire is an angel who looks just like the artist!
Their London streets are not paved with gold, but strewn with buttons. Legend has it that in the 1880s a Japanese ship ran aground in the Thames and its cargo of millions of pearl buttons was washed overboard. Salvaged by the ‘mudlarks’ who scavenged the banks of the Thames at low tide looking for ‘treasure’, they made a great embellishment to the tatty black suits of the East End wide boys, barrow boys and costermongers.
Chris has also fitted in the nearby Wiltons Music Hall, the oldest surviving music hall in the world which is still going strong and well worth a visit.
Here are some silk ones in a painterly print, with pearl buttons of course.
Vintage pearl buttons from the Cloth House, Soho.
Have a nightcap in George – the Andaz take on a traditional London boozer.
Bedtime reading – ‘Hawksmoor’ by Peter Ackroyd. A prizewinning thriller combining the story of eighteenth century church building with some twentieth century murders, available to download as an audiobook read in the dulcet tones of Derek Jacobi.
Andaz Liverpool Street London’s Room With A View can be booked here.
For more Chris Price artworks visit www.débutart.com.
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