The LaLit London
What We Love
- Naan and wine pairings at the onsite bread bar
- Some guest rooms feature views of the Shard
- The opulent mother-of-pearl ceiling at The Headmaster’s Room, one of the two hotel bars
- Daily afternoon chai service in the mezzanine gallery
What To Know
- The hotel was a boys’ school in the late 19th century
- Guest rooms on the top floor boast 30-foot ceilings
- As a nod to its Indian owners, the basement spa offers Ayurvedic treatments
- All guest bathrooms are equipped with temperature-controlled floors
- Free WiFi
When the Lalit Group, a formidable family-run hospitality empire that already presides over twelve hotels in its native India, set its eyes on the British capital for its first overseas venture last year, it promised to deliver a sophisticated version of the Subcontinent. It’s why the staff offers subtle Hindu namaskaars and the bar serves up rum-spiked lassi. Guest quarters, which were all classrooms in a past life, are now swathed in ochre silks and velvets, though it’s the intricate headboards, embroidered with peacocks that gallantly steal the scene. It’s a flawless cultural double play that sets this 70-key, South Bank stunner apart from its urban contemporaries. Feast on Keralan lobster bisque, redolent of coconut and cognac, and Himalayan morel mushrooms, slathered with mint and plum chutney, at Baluchi, the hotel’s buzzy upmarket Indian restaurant. Though the building’s red-brick Tudor exterior and steely black gates, the former setting for St. Olave’s Grammar School, seem like surefire previews for a quintessentially English experience, inside, the gold-flecked tapestries and Hyderabadi chandeliers deliver a far more cosmopolitan stay.
In the Area
The hotel’s central Tooley Street address puts it squarely in the tourist zone, conveniently situated near attractions like the Shard, London Dungeons, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the HMS Belfast, a WWII cruiser with a whopping nine decks. It’s also surrounded by “listed buildings,” or points of historical and architectural significance, including The Shipwrights Arms, a proper English pub (read: plenty of local beer) that dates back to the 19th century, and author George Orwell’s former residence. Also within walking distance: the Unicorn, an up-and-coming theater catering to younger crowds, and Tate Modern.
How to Get There
LaLit is a perfect small luxury hotel. Perfectly located for the sights around the tower / shard / bridge as well as the theatre (Bridge theatre) and restaraunts. Room was very well equipped, food (we only had beaakfast) can’t be faulted and the cocktails were unique!
Everything was perfect safe for not even a queen size bed. King size should be a standard in 5 stars hotel. Very good location, beautiful building, complimentary soft drinks, great interior design - specially restaurant
Beautiful hotel well renovated from an old school
Service outstanding and members of staff truly seem so happy to work there and cannot do enough for you
We had the nan experience tasting menu which was fantastic.
Chef Jo even gave us a tour of the kitchens and the hotel. His enthusiasm is incredible.
An amazing stay and we will be back
LaLit Hotel provides a comfortable stay in a great location. The amenities including the stocked mini bar are a nice perk. The staff was friendly and very attentive. The restoration of the old school is charming.
Had a wonderful afternoon tea at The LaLit Hotel.
A Indian twist to the usual sandwiches and scone of an afternoon tea.
Everything was made to the highest standard and the appearance was superb.
If you are looking for sandwiches etc there isn’t any. Lovely fish and meat dishes were served in delicate m
The menu was designed with the help of the chef by Rav who was on series 7 of The Great British Bake Off.
The pastries had the most delightful tastes which would burst in your mouth.
The room which the afternoon tea is served is in a very delightful and decorated in very pleasing colours which made you feel relaxed.
The service was of a very high standard. All staff made you feel very welcome and would accommodate all needs and requirements to have a pleasant afternoon tea.
If your looking for a twist to an afternoon tea, I would highly recommend The LaLit one.
Thank you for a lovely afternoon.