Each of the eight principal spaces at the Town Hall offer a contrast of size and character, with many retaining period features. One such feature is the phrase ‘More Light, More Power’ which appears through the building and dates back to the late 1800’s when the Vestry of Shoreditch & St.Leonards formerly adopted it as an motto. Representing both the ambition of the Council and their desire to bring electric light to the borough, it is typical of the colorful and distinctive features that give the building its unique character.
While some spaces, such as the Mayors Parlour and Large Committee Room, have a more contemporary feel, others such as the magnificent Assembly Hall retain their Victorian character, with an air of ‘faded glory’. The original Vestry Hall, where the majority of civic business would have originally been conducted, is characterised by its high ornate ceiling and Doric columns - a grand entertaining space. In contrast the basement is truly rare in London: a warren of interconnecting, highly atmospheric rooms, many with period features, deliberately left untouched and distressed.