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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
A natty urban bolthole with atelier-like interiors and an active cultural calendar on London's South Bank
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 Theater, Tate 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
After a 10 hr flight and 1hr-ish car ride (traffic), we were exhausted, but ready to start our honeymoon. We were greeted at the curb and got help with our bags right away. The front desk experience was great. Thanks, James! He was very polite, helpful with our questions, and gave great tips on where to go and how to get there. He even helped bring our bags up to the room. Not used to that even in the Autograph collection properties I have been to in the US. The amenities are top notch. The room was beautiful. Just a normal room but everything was great. I wish all hotels in the US did Nespresso for in room coffee. The view from the window, though not especially scenic, was still cool because of the shape of the building. Floor to ceiling windows always win me over. The bathroom, gorgeous! I didn’t use my own shampoo, conditioner, or soap the whole time. It’s often a gamble with hotel provided toiletries, but these...LOVED. The gym, great! It felt a little weird to get to, maybe because I was alone. Super clean, great equipment. Oh, the water station in the hallways, YES. So simple, but so amazing. I am constantly toting around a water bottle so those things bring me so much joy.
The restaurant...the BREAKFAST...how can eggs, pastries, and yogurt make me so happy? Because I am American and all our food is processed to hell and back? I probably ate a dozen croissants the first morning. Not ashamed. The staff in the restaurant are top notch as well. Being jet lagged and starving in the morning, I did expect to feel happier to start my day by just having breakfasts. Between the delightful staff and amazing food, I forgot that I was stressed, cranky, and dragging my feet to get the day started. And I wish I knew the secret to the porridge I had! It’s probably not a secret, but I cooked professionally and never have I been able to make oatmeal that I actually liked. I might have to go back just to ask how they make it!
The location is great, short walk to more than 1 tube station, across the street from a nice walk along the river. mini Waitrose market around the corner for snacks on the go.
All around beautiful property, fantastic service, great way to start my honeymoon.
I will gladly return to this hotel.
We are very glad we booked this hotel versus staying in Trafalgar Square area as we have in the past. Backside hotel is a hidden gem! It is located in Blackfriars within a 5 minute walk to Blackfriars Station proving easy access to all of London’s landmarks. The staff provide genuine exceptional customer service. Greeting you every time they encounter you (entering/leaving the hotel, entering/leaving the dining area. We want to especially acknowledge Anna(checked us in), the gentleman who brought our luggage to our room(on 11/7-around 3pm)and Piroska with her beautiful smile and service during breakfast. No one wears name badges so these are the only names we remember but every breakfast/restaurant and reception staff person we encountered was very friendly, helpful and made us feel welcomed.
The rooms are nicely designed and the bed was very comfortable. As other reviewers have stated, each floor has a water and ice station (hydration station). The hydration station is a brilliant, we loved it! The room has a small refrigerator with bottled water replenished as used and cream provided for coffee/tea using the in-room Nespresso machine. In-room safe, iron and ironing board, lighted closet with slippers were also nice features. I loved the dual heal shower with perfect water pressure and temperature. The soap dispensers in the shower and on the bathroom sink of pleasant scent Alchemist products feel like home. The plush towels without the typical chemical hotel scent was a nice experience. I could go on and on but hopefully my pictures show the rest of our experience. I highly recommend this hotel. We look forward to our return to London and Bankside Hotel. Well done, Marriott and Bankside Hotel staff!
This past August we took a trip to London and chose to stay at the Bankside Hotel. We booked the vacation through Costco. No, it is not your traditional London themed hotel. It is instead the most modern establishment we’ve ever had the chance to experience and it is an absolute winner. In partnership with the Tate Modern, the Bankside has created a gorgeous hip environment with the most unique artwork you will see anywhere. We were greeted immediately at their expansive front desk where you sit down to check in not stand. Our child was given a brand-new set of miniature colored pencils, a Bankside coloring sheet and a brand-new stuffed leopard about the same size as a TY Beanie Baby.
Our room was furnished with a Nespresso coffee maker, a small wooden chest filled with coffees as well as Joe’s Teas and packs of gourmet popcorn in different flavors, all complementary. There is a lighted wardrobe with robes and slippers and luxury toiletries in the bathroom. And then there are the thick premium postcards in different styles with pictures of the art displayed around the hotel. And the fizzy water you can get from the bar in the hall is a must to try.
The staff is phenomenal. They can recommend restaurants, shopping, high tea, etc. They were great in retrieving a pair of reading glasses we left in the dining area and providing extra post cards which they mail for free. They do a complementary wine service in the lobby, they have a stand of umbrella’s you can borrow, and the funkiest vending machines you will probably find anywhere.
The complimentary breakfast serves bangers, bacon, roasted fresh tomatoes, roasted portobello mushrooms, croissants, fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juices, cereals, European yogurt, fresh crusty bread and other fun choices.
Directly across the street is a small grocery store for your convenience and the hotel is easy walking distance to the Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre and tube stations and train stations.
We highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to London.