South Place Hotel
What We Love
- Conran-designed interiors
- Regular DJ and acoustic sets
- The first-floor bar and game room
- Eco-friendly credentials
- Toasters in the rooms, so you can make fresh toast if you order breakfast in bed
- Attentive, knowledgeable, friendly staff
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What To Know
- No tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms, but they can be requested from reception
- You can hear hustle and bustle from the Secret Bar in some of the courtyard rooms during the day, but it shuts at 10 p.m.
- Located in London's financial quarter; the area can be pretty quiet on weekends
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sandwiched between Moorgate and Liverpool Street, where the City of London gives way to the East End, the South Place Hotel plays harmonious host to both city slickers and creative types. The brainchild of D&D’s Des Gunewardena and David Loewi, this 80-room hotel has some serious design credentials: The interiors come courtesy of Conran and Partners, and Allies and Morrison are behind the sleek architecture. The exterior brings together two Victorian buildings and eight stories of shimmering glass and aluminum panels, topped with a mansard roof. The slate-walled reception area showcases a George Singer hurricane light sculpture and a beautiful installation of wire shoes by Cathy Miles. From the artwork to the uniforms (the women are kitted out by Field Grey and the men wear DS Dundee, with Grenson brogues), the South Place Hotel encapsulates London’s energy and quirky cool style.
Bed and Bath
The emphasis on artwork continues in the Conran-designed guestrooms, which feature limited edition prints from the Hoxton Gallery, framed Penguin book covers and subtly erotic Tom Gallant butterfly prints in the penthouse. South Place King Rooms have a deep mulberry feature wall, a dogtooth check swivel bucket chair, oak wardrobes, a 40-inch Bang & Olufsen TV (with free movies and specially compiled playlists) and huge dapple-framed mirrors propped up against the wall. Oversize King beds are illuminated from underneath and seem to hover above the plush carpets. Stacking tables are filled with the latest London mags, from Time Out to Monocle, and the minibars are tricked out with British classics, from Sipsmith gin to Hope & Glory mints to the retail menu on which you can pick out hip souvenirs such as Liberty print lingerie. Many of the gray marble bathrooms come with a giant Eero Saarinen soaking tub and a separate walk-in double shower, each stocked with beautifully packaged St. Clement’s toiletries by James Heeley.
Given that the hotel was created by the D&D restaurant group, the rooftop dining room is a bit of a showstopper. Angler is decked out with slanted floor-to-ceiling windows, a leaf-print mirrored ceiling by Grace & Webb and a wine wall. Head chef Tony Fleming’s dishes are an artform in themselves, from the incredible yellowfin tuna tartar to the seared scallops. Pop out to the rooftop bar, with its patio heaters, for a well-shaken post-dinner cocktail, or sink into a cowhide sofa with a nightcap in the ground-floor bar. People-watch over poached eggs in the morning in the New York–style 3 South Place Bar & Grill; perch on pea-green suede chair at a concrete banquet table or on one of the butter-soft gray leather chesterfields. If you’re looking for somewhere more private, try the Secret Garden (a leafy tiki bar) or Le Chiffre, a James Bond–inspired game room, with a library of design books and an old-school turntable. There’s a small gym and bijoux spa with Aromatherapy Associates products and massages that range from Air Mile Junkies to Jet Lag Cures.
In the Area
London’s creative scene is right on your doorstep. Potter through the Spitalfields, Broadway and Brick Lane markets to pick up vintage treasures, or stroll to Columbia Road for a browse around its historic flower market. The Rich Mix and the Hackney Picture House are great for art house movies, and for summertime classics there’s a rooftop cinema at the Queen of Hoxton. For dinner and views of the entire city, take the speedy lift up to Duck and Waffle, on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, or to one of the three restaurants in the Shard. For a bit of green space, head for 212-acre Victoria Park, with its boating lake and art gallery.
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My husband and I stayed at South Place hotel last weekend. The rooms are very modern with great amenities. Unfortunately they had a leak overnight and we got locked out of our room - they kindly upgraded us to a far nicer room and really looked after us. The General Manager even telephoned me the following week to apologise. We are going to book again for next weekend.
Look for deals online here....as I paid a very reasonable rate for what was a high end room. The lobby bars, restaurants and lobby are quite loud and Conrad-modern. Those looking for a taste of ye olde England will be disappointed. The outfits of the staff are a bitt painfully hipster, but they are helpful and attentive. The sleeping rooms have high ceilings, modern spacious bathrooms, nice amenities, plush towels, and rather soft beds with good quality sheets. Lighting, temperature, TV, etc are all controlled by rather fussy electronics that were not always very intuitive. Dined once in Angler on the top floor, which was hushed compared to the the ambience of the first floor. For a Michelin starred restaurant with excellent service, I found the rates in the restaurant reasonable. The location is what it is....not super close to the attractive older parts of town, but plunk in the middle of the City. If you are in London for business and want to walk to the office, could be perfect.
Excellent facilities, had everything we required including Audio Visual. All staff went out of their way to ensure the day was a success, from beginning to end. special thanks to Rosie Frei and Lazio Kun for their help on the day.
It was my boyfriend's birthday and when we booked on the website I put in a request to see if they could do something special. When we arrived into the room we had received some amazing birthday extras - including balloons and a macaroon cake! Felt very special and he loved it! Thank you SO much!
We have just returned from a luxurious night at South Place hotel.
Service is welcoming, warm and very professional. All of our requests (for non allergic pillows, semi skimmed milk) were met promptly and we loved the room decor and extensive, imaginative mini bar and room service offerings! The bathroom is a delight complete with generous bath tub and specialist toiletries. Looking forward to a return visit!