5.0
Excellent 83 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The onsite mezzanine library and cocktail lounge hybrid
  • An inventive seafood-focused menu (sage-wrapped fried anchovies; Dorset crab) at the hotel restaurant
  • A “water bar” (that includes a carbonated option) on each floor
  • Vending machines stocked with pampering pick-me-ups like face masks and perfumes

What To Know

  • Guest rooms are furnished with American-size queen beds, not typical of London
  • There is a 24/7 gym in the basement
  • The edgy interiors were designed by a former Hollywood-set creator
  •  For the best River Thames views, book Room 407

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Concierge
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

A natty urban bolthole with atelier-like interiors and an active cultural calendar on London's South Bank

The Lowdown

Dayna Lee, an ex-film set art director whose credits include Boogie Nights and Dances with Wolves, was tapped to dress this contemporary 161-room hotel, a striking glass building designed by award-winning architect Ian Simpson on London’s vibrant South Bank. Inspired by the area’s creative soul, Lee lined the Bankside’s moody interiors with commissions by local up-and-coming designers such as Malgorzata Bany and Laura Carlin, who illustrated a pair of wall murals depicting South Bank life. What results is a tasteful metropolitan hideout that’s as cozy as it is hip: for every cutting-edge tech accessory (remote-controlled blackout blinds; down-lit luggage stands), there is a homey touch such as a quilted wool throw or sweatshirt-fabric bathrobe. That charming, high-low aesthetic extends to the Art Yard, a versatile all-day space where you can kick off the morning with a full English, then sip on a hyper-local Bermondsey brew come sundown.

In the Area

You’re in the beating heart of London’s entertainment scene and within walking distance of what could be dubbed the city’s art and design trinity: Shakespeare’s Globe TheaterTate Modern, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Lesser-known neighborhood attractions include the British Film Institute, where an IMAX Theater holds the UK’s largest cinema screen. The hotel itself is a hotbed of cultural activity and has recently hosted events like a neighborhood scavenger hunt (a great way to get acquainted with the area’s many pubs and restaurants), meet-and-greets with artists in residence, and behind-the-scenes access to city icons such as the Tower Bridge.

How to Get There

Bankside Hotel
2 Blackfriars Road
London, SE1 9JU United Kingdom

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 83 Reviews
Best hotel experience in London
Reviewed 1 week ago

I’ve lived in London and since I moved out I have visited many times always staying at hotels, but this was really something different. It is trully a 5 star experience, from check in to (even after) check out.
The staff is so professional and friendly. We were offered complimentary drinks at the bar while our room was being prepared.
The rooms are bigger than any regular room hotel in London.... as big as you’d expect a room at Vegas. All brand new, gorgeously decorated.
Thankfully they dont limit the A/C at nights as they do in most hotels in Ldn because there are thermostats with full control in the rooms.
Sparkling water taps on each floor!!! We were really impressed and happy with this!
The internet is also perfect... VoIP calls can be made without a hiccup (also difficult in all other hotels).
The whole vibe is artsy and cool, but not trying too hard. I’m so glad we found this hotel as it will become our future choice for all our future London visits.

Other cool things:
- fun + helpful vending machines (they even have an engagement ring!)
- great pillows
- amazing art and general interiors throughout the hotel
- 100% walkable location to awesome sights
- the soap/shampoo range smells amazing!

Wonderful hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel happens to be in a great spot for just about everything in London.
We are SPG card holders so we got an upgrade.
Upgrade is equal to what you would expect in the States.
This hotel’s staff was great, and we are coming back in June to stay here again.

Cracking weekend
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the hotel with two other couples, we booked in lunchtime Saturday and dropped bags, went out for lunch and the afternoon, back in the evening to prepare for the night ahead. The rooms very comfortable, tea/coffee, TV, spacious bed, water on tap in the corridors, vending in the lift lobby with an array of gifts from bottles of drink to sparkly pants and and adjustable engagement ring. Beds are the best and shower the biggest! After the night out a welcome full English breakfast the morning after. I can’t recommend the hotel enough, a sharply fitted modern hotel, you can’t help but love the place with its own distinctive smell to all the fixtures and fittings and lovely staff. Superb!

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL!
Reviewed 1 week ago

During my trip to London, I had the opportunity to stay at the Bankside Hotel. One word: WOW! Everything from the moment I checked in with Nolan (who was amazing and remembered my name my entire stay), to the room (highly recommend the Ample King), to the awesome and personable bar staff at the hotel bar (shout out especially to the bartenders-they made me feel welcome and important and rate as 10/10 bartenders!).
The hotel is out of the craziness of London, which I found nice. I learned how to use the tube and there are two stations near the hotel. It is a modern/chic hotel. I couldn’t have been more pleased with my stay here! I will DEFINITELY be staying here when I come back. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Excellent Staff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in room 227 and found it comfortable and well appointed. The hotel was clean and beautiful decorated in an understated way. The daily coffee and tea setup was very nice. The staff was the highlight of the property. The managers to the cleaning staff were always willing to help with anything large or small.
We like the fact that basically across the street and you were on the river with many dinning options. The Brough Market was just a short walk with even more options.