NoMad London

Covent Garden

Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Bow Street Magistrates’ Court was historically one of the most famous courts in England. The police station was home to the Bow Street Runners and both the courthouse and holding cells housed many famous defendants such as Oscar Wilde. 

As architect and lead designer, EPR’s sensitive conversion and extension has transformed the Grade II listed building into a luxury lifestyle hotel and Police Museum.

The hotel forms the first international outpost for The NoMad Hotel brand.

Through a collaboration with the Sydell Group and Roman and Williams, the project has reinvigorated the Victorian property whilst keeping its historic character at the core of the design. The interior design by Roman and Williams and artwork curated by be-poles explores the brand’s New York bohemian style through its dramatic interiors and expertly selected pieces of art. The hotel houses 91 bedrooms, a 75-person seated event space and four unique bars and restaurants.

NoMad London proudly houses the new Bow Street Police Museum, created in a wing of original police cells to celebrate the building’s notorious past and the history of the Metropolitan Police.

The NoMad Restaurant is situated in a former vehicle yard that was previously used as an unloading point to take criminals and defendants to their prison cells or impending court cases. Now nestled at the heart of the hotel under an expansive glass lantern, the newly built three-storey atrium restaurant acts as a link space between the historic Bow Street Police Station and a new-build extension housing two wings of guest rooms. The decorative lantern and frame design was inspired by the Victorian glass-roofed structures of the nearby New Covent Garden Flower Market.

Two signature spaces support the NoMad Restaurant; the Atrium Bar and the Fireplace Room. Specialising in drinks collaborations with the kitchen, the bar is set in a semi-circular space at the base of a feature staircase and acts as a transition between the hotel’s moody dark panelled interiors and the bright garden-like ambience of the restaurant. The Fireplace Room offers guests a more intimate dining experience. An interpretation of a garden, the destination is wrapped in a shimmering chinoiserie and features six blue velvet horseshoe-shaped booths set around a vast antique fireplace.

The original magistrates’ courtroom has been reimagined as a stunning formal events space that celebrates the building’s rich social history and original architecture. With a 75-person capacity, the new Magistrates’ Ballroom is an elegant and versatile 9,000ft2 space supported by a series of smaller private dining areas and bars that once housed the judge’s chambers and clerks’ offices — perfectly suited for weddings, cocktail events or seated dining.
The Library is a guests-only space that sits within the former superintendent and clerks’ offices.

Set in what was most recently used as the police station’s server room, Side Hustle is NoMad’s take on where a prohibition-era drinking establishment meets the traditional British pub. The interiors provide a unique blend of familiar comfort with thought-provoking surprises; pairing simplicity with decadent accenting to create a compelling overriding aesthetic.

As architect and lead designer, EPR’s sensitive conversion and extension has transformed the Grade II listed building into a luxury lifestyle hotel — the first international outpost for The NoMad Hotel brand — and Police Museum.

Our restoration and architectural interventions have resulted in the removal of Bow Street Magistrates' Court from Historic England's 'Buildings at Risk' register.

Transforming the once-fortified Bow Street Magistrates' Court into a warm and welcoming hotel required an imaginative architectural solution. By retaining much of the building's original form we were able to celebrate its rich history whilst introducing a new glass-covered courtyard to create a unique hotel and a social haven on the edge of the bustling Covent Garden district.

The hotel is the brand’s most intimate property, housing 91 rooms, a soaring three-storey atrium restaurant and a stunning ballroom events space within the former Magistrates’ Courtroom supported by two private dining rooms and a bar. The reimagined Bow Street Magistrates’ Court is completed by a guests-only library and two further bar venues. In the former police station, a wing of original police cells has been converted into the Bow Street Police Museum.

Interior design by Roman and Williams