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Contemporary crash pad in one of London's hippest 'hoods with a British brasserie and views of the Shard
Built on the site of Bermondsey Abbey, this cool contemporary crash pad has a stellar location in south London's hipster 'hood, Bermondsey, home to boutiques, boozers and Europe’s largest commercial art gallery, White Cube. The compact lobby is decorated with a '60s bubble chair, a modern chandelier and a tailors dummy pinned with the day's menu from the adjoining open-plan grill restaurant. Apple Mac monitors hang behind the reception desk and stream time-lapse photos of London's skyscraper-studded skyline taken from the roof terrace; the property sits in the shadow of the Shard, the city's tallest building.
Bed and Bath
The 80 rooms are more functional than fanciful and are dominated by a space-saving unit that combines a work desk and a bed, positioned in the middle of the room to make the most of the views. Floor-to-celing windows look out across Bermondsey Square from one side of the building and towards the Shard from the other (Shard views can be guaranteed with prior request in the Club Rooms). White or sandy-colored walls combine with burnt orange throws and turquoise cushions and black and white shots of London life dot the walls. Simple bathrooms have Grohe drench showers and Eco Boutique toiletries.
The GB Grill & Bar is an all-day dining spot that serves an edited menu of classic British dishes (crispy battered fish and triple-cooked chips, Scottish rib-eye steak) from a mosaic-tiled open kitchen. Take a seat in a pastel leather booth or head out to the alfresco terrace right on Bermondsey Square. The dinky bar serves local London Pride and Greenwich Meantime brews.
In the Area
There's plenty to see within walking distance of the hotel: you can reach the river Thames in 15 minutes, to cross the iconic Tower Bridge, stroll the South Bank or catch an exhibition at the Design Museum (the shop is good for quirky housewares). On the doorstep, Bermondsey Square is home to Shortwave, an indie cinema and bar, and plays host to a Friday antiques market (stallholders set up shop at 4 a.m. so get there early to nab the best bargains) and a small food market on Saturdays. Stroll Bermondsey Street to browse cute boutiques like Lovely & British and Bermondsey 167; dine with hipsters at Spanish tapas joint, Jose; or sip a real ale at traditional-turned-trendy boozer, the Garrison.