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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
As advised, we got the tube from London Euston to London Bridge, we planned to walk from London Bridge station to the hotel (14 mins) but the rain was so bad that we got a taxi to the hotel costing just £7.
On arrival at the hotel, the lounge and reception area are very welcoming, the receptionist was also very welcoming. Even though it was only 12.30pm she did her best and swapped rooms around so that we could have a room that was ready, she informed us that we had a nice room overlooking the Shard.
We were allocated a superior room. The room was clean, quite basic but very spacious considering it was central London, the bathroom was bright and airy with a huge shower cubicle. The view was fabulous, you could see the London Eye, the Southbank buildings and a fabulous view of the Shard.
We headed out to the theatre and got the bus which stops outside the hotel directly to Victoria. The hotel is central for London Bridge, Borough and Tower Hill tube stations.
We then headed back to the hotel for dinner, the restaurant is open planned on the ground floor, the hotel is glass fronted so the restaurant merges with the reception and lounge areas with views over the square, it's a very relaxed casual atmosphere.
The restaurant staff were very welcoming, the menu is quite limited and they serve no pork products and do not serve alcohol. The home made lemonade was very nice. You are allowed alcohol for consumption in the bedrooms and there are fridges in the rooms.
We ordered starters and main courses, they brought our starters over which were huge, but then advised us that the main courses will be brought over in a second. As we had ordered hot starters, we asked if we could finish our starters first before we had the main courses (which is usual), this meant that our main courses were left under the heat lamp in the open kitchen for over 20 minutes whilst we finished our starters. This was disappointing as the food was warm and a bit dry.
As mentioned this was an open kitchen, the restaurant was very quiet.
After dinner we visited one of the bars across the square from the hotel, this was quite a nice, modern trendy bar which also houses a small cinema and offering what looked like fabulous pizzas. The hotel is also opposite a small Sainsbury's and there are also a few coffee shops and antique shops in the square making their own little community.
We had a really comfortable sleep, the bed was very comfy, the room was nice and quiet and we heard no noise from passing traffic.
Breakfast was served until 10am, we had a lovely welcome into the dining room by the breakfast staff, the continental options were fantastic and are free to all guests, supplements apply to the cooked breakfasts. the coffee was very good. The breakfast menu is quite limited, no pork served but they do offer chicken and tarragon sausages and turkey bacon rashers. They also have lots of varieties of egg and omelette choices. The breakfast was very good and very tasty.
We were able to leave our bags whilst we had a walk around London.
We also saw a couple of suites including the Lucy Suite (wow!). This is the room with the black diamante headboard but was not made up when we viewed it as it was occupied the night before. The suites are very large rooms with large king size beds and huge bathrooms. The Lucy suite also has a private terrace with garden furniture and a fabulous private hot tub which accommodates up to 6 people with views across to the London eye, very impressive. The general standard of the rooms is very good, it seems the superior rooms are standard but the suites definitely have the wow factor.
As it was Friday, there is an antiques market outside the hotel from early morning until mid afternoon, this was really nice and we spent a bit of time here before walking to Borough food market (around 15 minute walk), then to the Shard, across southbank towards Tower Bridge then back to the hotel to collect out luggage mid afternoon.
Overall a lovely welcoming friendly hotel with great staff, a good price for London, good transport links to get across London and I would definitely book this hotel again.
Really comfortable room. The layout very quirky and modern. Perfect location for us as our daughter lives just around the corner. In the vicinity of Bermondsey street and all local restaurants. Will definitely be staying again.
Loved this suite, the hot tub makes it. The staff were all very helpful and courteous, had an amazing stay. This is also a great part of London with Bermondsey street restaurants on the doorstep. Expensive but how many other times in your life will you have your own hot tub overlooking London. It was between this room and a night in the Shard to celebrate my girlfriends Birthday, I'm glad I chose this
Clean room nice toiletries great shower and very comfortable bed. Good choice for breakfast. Great location. Little extras ...water milk orange juice in fridge...nice touch. We always stay here for comfort...location...and good price for overnight stay with breakfast. Always enjoy a quiet room on upper floor.
Comfy room and hotel friendly clean and great location but sadly selfishness of guests next door bringing a loud barking dog ruined stay ! I have a dog but would not inflict loud barking on other guests -
Hotel maybe should review having them .