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
Central location. Rooms were very clean comfortable and up to date. We arrived early and our room was ready and we were allowed check in.. Very accommodating staff! Would stay in hotel in the future..
The people at the desk were mostly completely indifferent. My bathroom smelled of mold and the shower leaked. The windows aren’t open-able. The whole building is shoddily-constructed-feeling. It’s too expensive for what you get. It’s true the bed was comfortable and the room was quiet! And the workers (cleaning staff, restaurant servers) were lovely! But the desk people were kind of clipped and snide. Otherwise I would have left early. You can do way better. I will not stay there again. BTW nearby there are great other hotels. Pick another!
Got a very good deal directly from the BSH for a suite overlooking the square. Worked well for seeing “Sarf Landon” and family. Did the usual , Borough Market ,Shad Thames,London Bridge/Tower etc. Great for Bermondsey Streets’ eateries most notably Pizarros. The hotel has been designed by a 1st year design student asked to do “funky” . The corridor of our floor was lit like a David Lynch film. Breakfast nice and healthy.
We enjoyed our stay and in particular 3 nights in a suite for less than 1 in a basic room in the nearby Shard.
I just love love love the location. Bermondsey is my favorite area in London, so many little shops and restaurants around and so quiet. Easy access to public transportation and the river is a couple of minutes walk away. This hotel is reasonably priced, the rooms are updated and clean, the service was good with friendly and helpful staff.
Visited the Bermondsey Antiques Market and found this an ideal place for a nice lunch, looking directly onto the market. A pleasant refuge on an otherwise cold and miserable day. Live music on the last Friday of every month a nice bonus too.