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
Well I just got home from my night at Lalit Hotel.. What can I say 5* luxury all the way.. Staff so attentive. Cocktails amazing.
Dinner was so good I cannot recommend it highly enough. I love Indian food and this was a cut above!! I had 2 Indian style breakfasts as I had just couldn't choose.. They were fantastic.
If you get an opportunity to stay here do it. I'll be back 100%
Hard to find a reasonably priced boutique hotel in London but Lalit fits the bill! It’s a great hotel with good sized rooms, lovely staff and the right amount of quirk.
Easy walk to London Bridge and Tower bridge but far enough away from the noise. Definitely recommend
Well not quite, but pleasurable nevertheless. The staff here are welcoming, attentive and courteous beyond measure, they are happy to engage in conversation about their home country and I learned more about India, the transition and current economic activity in half an hour conversing with the staff than I did from my history teachers (that was a while ago in fairness to them). The hotel is extremely comfortable, well located near the Tower of London and extremely handy for walking along the Thames embankment towards the Houses of Parliament taking in Borough Market, The Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, National Theatre and London Eye en route. It is an ideal place for a stress free stay being away from the hustle, bustle and noise of the City centre whilst providing easy access to it by tube.
Stayed here for one night for my Husband's birthday. Ended up in The LaLit Legacy Suite, what an absolutely spectacular room! Pictures of the old room (Headmaster's office) and old school on the walls - what amazing history. Special thanks to Tony for showing me a tour of the available suites, what a nice chap! Tony even offered me an ice bucket / glasses without me asking!
Breakfast was fantastic - check out the huge Dosa!! Masala Omelette was great too.
I will certainly be back again and again - have already booked another stay in June!
I don't say this lightly but the hotel is one of the best I've ever been to in terms of historical building, really helpful employees, room amenities (free minibar / good snacks / tea and coffee), beautiful bathrooms.
Firstly the hotel is kept in superb condition and has a very welcoming and homely feel to it. All staff I encountered were extremely friendly, helpful and professional. Furthermore the location of this hotel is extremely convenient in terms of the South Bank, Borough Market, Tower of London and transport connections from London Bridge.
All in all a perfect place to stay and us staying here made my wife's birthday celebrations even more special.