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
This could be our new favorite hotel in London! We will definitely stay again next time we visit.
LOCATION - The Bankside is the perfect choice if you want easy access to all of the city's attractions without being in the middle of the more touristy areas. It is tucked down a small side street just a minute's walk away from the river, and a few minutes from the "Queen's Walk" which runs alongside the river and is dotted with food trucks, an outdoor book market, and various London landmarks including the National Theatre. You're also within very easy access of several tube stations that connect you with all that London has to offer, while still giving you a peaceful base to come back to at the end of the day.
ROOMS - The rooms are gorgeous, modern, clean, and "industrial chic." The Ample King was even more spacious and nicer than the pictures. The whole room felt light, airy, and cozy. We enjoyed the powerful shower and luxury shampoo/conditioner.
SERVICE - Everyone we interacted with could not have been any kinder or more welcoming, and they really made us feel right at home.
This brand new property is immaculate with a lot of interesting design elements. I like the “lobby, check in area” which amounts to an open table with staff rather then a desk / kiosk. I also ate at the hotel which you could do a lot worse if you were trying to find a late night option. I’d encourage anyone to read about Nordic design theme throughout the hotel. And while there are hotels in London that may feel more central, it’s actually in a prime area of Blackfriars. Your in walking distance to Tate modern, restaurants and a nice neighborhood and the Blackfriars tube station.
My room was fantastic. Absolutely huge.
The bottom line: this hotel has a rare combination of feeling both corporate and boutique - a real plus for Marriott work travel or a weekend as a tourist.
We checked into the Bankside Hotel just for the night and cannot speak highly enough about it. Friendly service from the moment we checked in, slick modern rooms adorned with interesting artwork and price wise it's extremely competitive compared to less nice hotels just over the side of the river. A great option if you want to stay close to the London CBD.
My boyfriend and I recently spent 3 nights at the Bankside. We loved the hotel, the location and the staff. Lobby and rooms are very stylish and modern. Staff is so accommodating and caring. They take hospitality to another level. I loved the location of the hotel, a newer area which is convenient and quiet. I cannot say enough good things about this property. You will be delighted with your stay.
We spent hours on Tripadvisor before our holiday trying to find a unique hotel for our tenth trip to London. Those hours spent on the computer were worth it, since we found the perfect place when discovering Bankside Hotel!
We stayed at Bankside Hotel for six nights. The area was already familiar to us and we found it very convenient and vibrant. Two tube stations – Blackfriars and Southwark – are very close. When arriving at Bankside Hotel, we instantly noticed the chic, inspiring but also cosy decor of the reception area. We were met with such warmth and professionalism at the reception.
We had a Modest King room, which is one of the smallest categories but we still found it spacious enough for our six-night stay. There was a lot of storage space for our stuff both in the room itself, as well as in the bathroom. The view was lovely and the room felt surprisingly quiet, which was hugely appreciated since I’m a light sleeper. One of the best features of the room was the bed, which I would rate as the most comfortable I have encountered in London! We also loved the bed linens and towels! The room was immaculately clean every day.
So thank you, Bankside Hotel, for making us feel like home and for ensuring that we had such a wonderful time during our holiday! We would definitely recommend this place to everyone looking for a unique hotel in London. We hope to return very soon!