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
Had a really wonderful stay, very comfortable and stunning. Location is great and allowed easy exploration of Borough Market and other Southbank charms. Staff was helpful and polite. Wonderful conversion makes for an interesting space.
Excellent in all places. rooms were very comfortable clean and excellent house cleaning. staff was awesome location is exellent. I enjoyed the stay there wery much and would recomand it for anyone who is going to london
I’ve stayed at this hotel a couple of times on business. It’s a nice enough hotel and well located. However, on my last stay, 5 weeks ago, I was charged for a breakfast I didn’t order (I’d even checked out of the hotel before I allegedly had the breakfast!) I immediately spotted the incorrect charge on my invoice and asked the hotel to remove this, and provided evidence that I’d checked out and was already in Waterloo at the time I allegedly had the breakfast. The hotel promised to refund me. That was 5 weeks ago. Despite a number of emails, they have still not refunded me, and have not replied to the emails. Quite unbelievable service from what purports to be a 5 start hotel. One tries to avoid being a cynic and thinking this is probably a scam aimed at business travellers such as myself; with the hotel thinking that business customers won’t mind since it is often not their own money at stake... I stay in London regularly but won’t be staying at the Lalit again after this poor experience.