citizenM Tower of London
What We Love
- The eight-floor bar with its gorgeous views of landmarks like the centuries-old Tower of London and the futuristic Shard building
- Sunny, smartly decorated rooms equipped with the latest technology
- A lobby that feels like you’re hanging out in the living room of a very fashionable friend
What To Know
- Rooms are on the small side at 183 square feet, yet are efficiently laid-out
- No gym, spa, or pool
- There’s a 24-hour canteen serving coffee, light bites, and cocktails
- Children are welcome, but the hotel doesn’t offer cribs or extra beds
It’s full-on Britain mania at Dutch hospitality group CitizenM’s third London property: bold interiors feature sleek black surfaces set against pops of U.K. colors (i.e. ruby red and royal blue) while the sprawling residential-style lobby is decorated with framed Union Jacks, bulldog statues, and bell jars full of cricket balls. Together with oversize sofas, Eames chairs, and bookshelves stocked with curated tomes about art and design, the atmosphere is both cheerful and sophisticated. Proving that the brand takes its “affordable luxury” credo seriously, a stylish 24-hour eatery on the ground floor does triple duty: it morphs from a coffee shop in the mornings to a daytime restaurant and then a nighttime cocktail bar and offers a help-yourself selection of fruits, juices, and pastries from nearby Borough Market. Most of the 370 rooms are under 200 square feet, yet feel spacious thanks to wall-to-wall windows with sweeping city views, strategically placed king-sized beds (topped with soft Italian linens), clean-lined Vitra furniture, and glass-pod rain showers. Perks like international plugs, free on-demand movies, and tablets that control blinds, lighting, and temperature make the deal even sweeter. Business travelers, or anyone who wants to spend some time on their laptop, can head to societyM, a creatively designed meeting and co-working space on the seventh and eighth floors. For an antidote to email fatigue, head to the adjacent bar, which offers signature libations like chai-infused whiskey alongside some of the best views in town.
In the Area
CitizenM is located above Tower Hill underground station, just steps from historic attractions like the Tower of London, that most infamous of prisons, Tower Bridge, an iconic suspension bridge built in the 1800s, and the charming Trinity Square Gardens. The area is a short walk away from the south side of the Thames, home to Borough Market, one of the most renowned food markets in the world, and the fantastic Tate Modern contemporary art museum. If you walk north instead, don’t miss the Old Spitalfields Market about 15 minutes away. This covered market, which is still up and thriving after more than 300 years in business, is a true Victorian gem filled with fashion finds, antiques, and food.
How to Get There
I’m just about to check out after another stay here. I’ve also visited CitizenM Schiphol often - great if you have a morning flight from the airport - so you could say I’m a fan of the CitizenM chain.
The rooms are the same in all their hotels - clean, well-designed and comfortable. The social areas are great places to relax and enjoy a drink or snack.
What makes this hotel different is the Cloud Bar on the seventh floor. It offers great views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, and in my experience is best enjoyed as the sun goes down.
The location of the hotel right in the heart of the City of London - London’s oldest area and its financial centre - makes it ideal for business or leisure visits.
The staff are international, helpful and friendly, and contribute to the relaxed and welcoming environment.
I stayed at CitizenM in London for a week and the hotel was a big part of a great experience. The welcome and check-in was really efficient and personal, I got a wonderful room with a view of The Thames, the bed was extremely comfortable and every aspect of the decor, personnel, meals and vibe was really something special. GREAT location!
It was so amazing i like it so much and i will be back soon for this hotel it was so amazing view and the all thinks i hope soon back to this place , the place with location is awesome every think is perfect