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
Warm/ friendly service, excellent location, superb dining and designer accommodation... we felt pampered from the moment we walked in the door! It's located within short walking distance of the Tower of London, London Bridge, Bermondsey and major transport links. Enjoy a long walk along the Thames.
Well, The Lalit (my second visit) is situated in a beautifully repurposed old school close to the Tower and Tower Bridge. The rooms have an air of tranquility and style - even if they are compact. The bathrooms are elegant, and the breakfast is super. Lastly on the good side - the staff - I found them to be impeccable. All of this is deserving of 5 stars. But, where the hotel loses 2 stars is on the amount of single use plastic amenities in the bathrooms. I must confess that left me dumbfounded. Why can't The Lalit have refillable bathroom amenities - they do not need small plastic bottles of shampoo etc etc.... Given that plastics are poorly recycled in the UK and we all need to shape up when it comes to reducing plastic use - the hotel should and needs to do better. I sincerely hope on my next visit it improves significantly in this area.
I had a trip to UK recently in june,2019 and I was in London for 7 days and I was staying at THE LALIT senior classroom which was the most fabulous room I ever stayed of Lalit.
It was a great sty with great security and amazing lovely staff with great ambience..
As well as it represented a school theme which was really surprising and I got to know it after 3 days of my 7 day long stay.
Thank you THE LALIT for your love and ambience...
We loved our stay at the LaLiT! The service was truly AMAZING! The rooms are well appointed but we were close to the street and it was a bit noisy on the top floor. We had breakfast in the dining room every morning and it was DELICIOUS! The Chai tea is very good!
The Lalit is perfectly situated, very near to the Thames, the SkyGarden and great for the Tower and the O2. It is an oasis of calm and beauty in a very busy city. Public rooms are stylish and unusual, our bedroom was gorgeous and there were lovely surprises like the free mini bar treats and the chilled Prosecco ready for our arrival. Breakfast was perfect and we shall be back to try dinner next time. We loved it all!