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
I loved everything about Bankside Hotel. It is well located at the centre of many London attractions. Inside, it has great design and is packed full of art. The staff were very friendly. The bedrooms were silent and the TVs have Chromecast. Breakfast was delicious (the open omelette is recommended). Sustainable touches including filter water on each floor and refillable bathroom amenities from Australian brand Grown Alchemist. I look forward to returning!
Great design, nice staff and great location where you can walk to many of the historical sites but also not super busy around the property. Good restaurant. Good beds. Nice gym. Really lovely stay throughout.
The Bankside Hotel is a trendy new hotel. The hotel staff are excellent especially Macarena. As other reviews have mentioned the rooms are modern, stylish and very comfortable. Outstanding for a London hotel.