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.
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I stayed here for 2 nights and found it the best hotel I have ever stayed in in London. The staff are very helpful, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the lounge area is relaxing and the breakfast is amazing. I was in London for work but plan to return to this hotel with my family. Way way way better than any mainstream chain or usual small dusty hotel in London. Thank you.
The hotel is in a business area next to some of the best restaurants around! The hotel is quiet, with a nice lobby good for meeting or coffee which is free all day. The rooms are very comfortable, and have comfy beds, clean bathrooms and nice overall boutique vibe.
We stayed here for a weekend. Nice hotel at a nice location. The area is trendy, nice restaurants etc.
Personal is very friendly. Most of them are students from abroad so that means that they are learning English... But is must be said they are very friendly and willing to help.
Rooms are clean and spacious.
It was great. Very clean. Friendly and helpful staff. Great breakfast!! Perfect distance from the Shard, London bridge (about 10 minute walk to both). And London station. The pavilion outside the motel had something going on Friday and Saturday. Grocery store and restaurants very nearby. I would stay here again.
This was our second visit to this hotel. It did not disappoint us! We were greeted by the lovely Anita whose smile and enthusiasm lit up the afternoon. We were surprised but delighted to find we had been upgraded to a suite. The corridor leading to the room was slightly off putting as it was so dark but the room was a surprise with ruby red accessories a wonderful balcony with views across the park, and lovely touches. It was fastidiously clean. Breakfast was well laid out and good variety.
We will return again!