London’s 5 star luxury boutique Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel, inspired by its East London locale, has opened The Pearly Room by artist Chris Price, the first in the hotel’s year-long series of East London street art rooms – Room With A View.
Over the next 12 months Andaz Liverpool Street will play host to four diverse British artists: Chris Price, Patrick Vale, ILoveDust and Patrick Morgan, who have each invited to hand paint one of the hotel’s luxurious large king guest rooms.
They have been commissioned to depict their interpretation of East London’s past, present or future.
The rooms will have a completely different style and feel in reflection of the artist’s own individuality and as each is completed, will be available for guests to experience contemporary street art in a space like no other in London.
Hundreds of individually hand drawn mother of pearl buttons line the alcoves and market streets in tribute to the belief that in the late 19th century, a Japanese ship that floundered in the Thames, shedded its cargo of millions of pearl buttons.
Large amounts were salvaged, mostly by market traders who sewed them on to their clothes, creating probably the only form of national costume that can be ascribed to London and thereby the tradition of the Pearly Kings and Queens who today do stirling work raising funds for London charities.