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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Regal Indian interiors—a peacock blue color scheme, copper-threaded textiles—transform this Victorian-era grammar school mere steps from London Bridge

The Lowdown

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

The LaLit London
181 Tooley Street
London, SE1 2JR United Kingdom


4.5 Very Good 471 Reviews
lit up the weekend
Reviewed 21 hours ago

This hotel is beautiful, Tucked away next to tower bridge. The rooms the staff and the whole hotel is amazing. The hotel is a old school that has been converted. The restaurant looks great but unfortunately we was already pre booked elsewhere but will definitely return and try it out.

Beautiful Property
Reviewed 21 hours ago

My office is near the Tower of London so this was the perfect location for me. Just about a ten minute walk over the bridge. It is very cool that they made this hotel from an old boarding school. It is a cute boutique vibe. The main thing that stood out to me was the service. Everyone was lovely.I also liked the restaurant and the order in menu. The room even came with free snacks. Two things that weren't as nice though were the bed being very firm for a side sleeper. Also, the lighting in the bathroom could be brighter.

Romantic weekend
Reviewed 1 day ago

We had a lovely stay at the Lalit. I mentioned in passing when I reserved the room that it was our wedding anniversay. When we arrived in the room it was delightfully and appropriately decorated with a nice bottle of Proseco and a cake. A nice touch. Excellent service, super clean rooms and nice location. Also value for money. I would certainly recommend.

Just Wow!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have stayed in some lovely hotels in London but this one is just so special.

From the moment we entered the staff could not have been more attentive and helpful. They made every experience and touch point amazing.

The hotel is very chic and beautifully decorated; it has a very decadent feel and the room was just great.

For a hotel that isn’t much more expensive than a chain it is so different.

Great position for the shard, tower bridge and hms Belfast.

A real wow factor hotel and very special break.

Thank you La Lit.

Loved hotel
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hotel is amazing. Big beautiful bedrooms. Amazing staff, super friendly and accommodating. The best ever place to stay in. Loved it. Special thank you to Viktor, he helped us a lot. I’m coming back 100% and I will recomend it to everyone 💪