The Bermondsey Square Hotel
What We Love
- Within walking distance of Bermondsey Street's boutiques and bars, and a 15-minute stroll to the river Thames
- All rooms overlook either Bermondsey Square or the Shard
- Classic British dishes served in the laid-back restaurant or out on the terrace
What To Know
- It's a 15-minute walk to the nearest tube stop (Borough station)
- No fitness facilities on-site but special rates are available at a nearby gym
- In-room massages can be arranged
- WiFi is free
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- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Built on the site of Bermondsey Abbey, this cool contemporary crash pad has a stellar location in south London’s hipster ‘hood, Bermondsey, home to boutiques, boozers and Europe’s largest commercial art gallery, White Cube. The compact lobby is decorated with a ’60s bubble chair, a modern chandelier and a tailors dummy pinned with the day’s menu from the adjoining open-plan grill restaurant. Apple Mac monitors hang behind the reception desk and stream time-lapse photos of London’s skyscraper-studded skyline taken from the roof terrace; the property sits in the shadow of the Shard, the city’s tallest building.
Bed and Bath
The 80 rooms are more functional than fanciful and are dominated by a space-saving unit that combines a work desk and a bed, positioned in the middle of the room to make the most of the views. Floor-to-celing windows look out across Bermondsey Square from one side of the building and towards the Shard from the other (Shard views can be guaranteed with prior request in the Club Rooms). White or sandy-colored walls combine with burnt orange throws and turquoise cushions and black and white shots of London life dot the walls. Simple bathrooms have Grohe drench showers and Eco Boutique toiletries.
The GB Grill & Bar is an all-day dining spot that serves an edited menu of classic British dishes (crispy battered fish and triple-cooked chips, Scottish rib-eye steak) from a mosaic-tiled open kitchen. Take a seat in a pastel leather booth or head out to the alfresco terrace right on Bermondsey Square. The dinky bar serves local London Pride and Greenwich Meantime brews.
In the Area
There’s plenty to see within walking distance of the hotel: you can reach the river Thames in 15 minutes, to cross the iconic Tower Bridge, stroll the South Bank or catch an exhibition at the Design Museum (the shop is good for quirky housewares). On the doorstep, Bermondsey Square is home to Shortwave, an indie cinema and bar, and plays host to a Friday antiques market (stallholders set up shop at 4 a.m. so get there early to nab the best bargains) and a small food market on Saturdays. Stroll Bermondsey Street to browse cute boutiques like Lovely & British and Bermondsey 167; dine with hipsters at Spanish tapas joint, Jose; or sip a real ale at traditional-turned-trendy boozer, the Garrison.
How to Get There
My husband and I have just come back from a two night stay at the Bermondsey Square Hotel. We were having a break to see the Christmas lights in London and to go to the theatre. We arrived an hour before check-in, having come straight from the station, and were delighted when the receptionist said our room was ready. The room was very pleasant and clean with a great view of the Shard. Likewise the bathroom was spotlessly clean, but we did have a slight issue with water running out of the shower and it wasn’t possible to put the shower mat by the door as the door opened outwards! This was the only niggle, however, and we had a very comfortable stay. There was a good selection of hot and cold items for breakfast with attentive staff.
Included in our break was afternoon tea for two. This comprised of a good selection of sandwiches and some lovely warm scones. The cakes, however, let it down a little bit; there was some very heavy chocolate brownie, an indifferent carrot cake and some little tasteless tarts. The sandwiches and scones filled us up before we left for the theatre!
We had thought the hotel was a little closer to tower bridge but armed with our Oyster cards we made full use of the excellent bus service with stops close to the hotel. A bonus was the antiques market in the square outside the hotel on Friday morning, which was fun to browse through!
All in all we had a very enjoyable stay.
The hotel is in a good neighborhood, there are many good restaurants and cafés nearby ,but metro is far away, 1 km walk. The rooms are simple, clean, but nothing special.
The staff is very nice and helpful.
This is a four star Hotel that IS a four star Hotel.Good size room - spotless - very quiet with everything working.About 12 mins walk to Tower bridge station.This is a "dry Hotel" ie alcohol is not available but we had no problem with that.Would return anytime!
Bermondsey Square Hoel is not a bad hotel, but I do feel it has ideas above its station!
In reality, it is a good budget hotel with a slightly better room layout than normal in this category. My only issue is that they are charging too much for a basic hotel room, especially as Bermondsey is nowhere near central London.
On arrival, I received what must be the rudest reception I can ever remember. Not a single word was offered by the receptionist until she presented our key card and told us to ‘take the lift to 5th floor’. That was it! Not even a hint of a welcome.
The lavatory seat was on the floor - broken. When we returned later, the seat remained on the floor - no maintenance staff to fix it apparently, so we were moved to another room. No real issue but inconvenient and no apology. And how is a room released with a broken toilet seat?
Breakfast was a low quality affair and we were charged extra for 2 cappuccinos - that’s a first!
Too expensive for a basic offering and better hotels in London. I would not choose to return
Great location. Great transport links.
Nice rooms and good value for money for most of what you can find in London.
Plenty of places to drink and eat in the surrounding area. Staff we also very cheery and happy to help. Strong 9/10