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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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.
How to Get There
I had few friends visiting and we went to South Place Chop House for dinner .
Wonderful pre-dinner cocktails, followed by delicious food served with a welcoming professionalism.
A treat the digestives in the secret garden afterword.
Also a delicious kid menu for my friend's boy!
Wonderful stay, way above usual London hotel standards regarding size and equipment of rooms as well as friendliness of staff. Very stylish and have never slept better (amazing mattresses, quiet area).Highly recommmend!
We stayed at the South Place Hotel for two nights whilst visiting London and seeing Burt Bacharach at the Royal Festival Hall.
We have previously stayed at the Montcalm Group Hotels which we always found to be very good but having read the reviews about South Place we thought we would give them a try for a change.
Unfortunately overall we were a little underwhelmed with the hotel and our overall stay and do not feel it matched the standard of the Montcalm Hotels.
Entrance to the hotel is a little odd as reception is not readily seen and we had to walk through a restaurant area located at the front of the premises to find the small reception desk tucked away at the side of the building.
We were greeted pleasantly and offered a welcome drink, I was anticipating this at least might have been a glass of wine as others on here reported such an offer, however no wine was on offer and we accepted a glass of water each!
We had booked a Deluxe Double Room and during the check-in process we were told we had been upgraded and our room was much more spacious, we thought at first this was a nice gesture until we were shown to our room only to find that it was a disabled room with no bath and all the various additions required for less mobile persons, spacious it may have been but certainly not what I would call an upgrade but more a downgrade!
We did not dine at the hotel or take the breakfast as we had previously booked to dine out in London during our stay.
When we returned to the hotel on Saturday evening we decided to go up to the bar on the top floor and have a cocktail before retiring to bed.
It was not particularly busy whilst we were in there but we sat for 20 minutes and nobody came to take our order so we gave up and left in disgust!!
The room mini bar menu contains some interesting items that I am not sure present the right tone but no doubt serve a particular clientele, for example the James Bondage Kit at £100 will no doubt make someones eyes water for one reason or another.
We were looking forward to our stay here from what we had read on Trip Advisor but overall were rather disappointed and unlikely to return.
The hotel is ideally located in the City for business. The room was great and the restaurant is very good. While I was eating a burger at the restaurant some of the meat juice sprayed in my white shirt. Not a good situation just before a business meeting! When I mentioned it to Gianfilippo, he immediately offered to lend me a new shirt, while the laundry took the stained one and removed the stains. I received my clean shirt at the end of the lunch. This was exceptional service.
This was a one night stay after an arduous charity event which we still looked a bit scruffy from but still the level of service was particularly good on check in.
The room was very good with a very large bed.
The sleep quality was exceptional.
The bath was of a luxury type as well, just what was needed for aching limbs.
We ordered room service which though not cheap, was delivered quickly and was very good.
Breakfast in the morning we missed as we had to get going.
Recommending this place, it is not cheap but think of where it is and what you are getting.