area is known for being the home of big businesses, excellent restaurants, boutique shopping and food and drink. These boutique style hotels are the perfect launch pads from which to enjoy this wonderful area
Bermondsey Square Hotel
This cool customer is located in one of London’s most chic and vibrant areas. Bermondsey Street and the surrounding area have undergone a drastic transformation transformed in the past few years. Once home to a booming leather and wool industry, now a new, trendy hipster, graphic design vibe prevails. The area hasn’t lost its personality though and it retains its slightly rough around-the-edges feel. The area is now home to the fascinating White Cube Gallery, the V&A’s Fashion and Textile Museum, and an huge range of restaurants, pubs, bars, independent shops and boutiques. The hotel itself blends industrial chic and an unpretentious trendy feel. There’s a comfortable open plan lounge area with books to thumb through and a laid back restaurant bar aptly named ‘At Home’, with air hockey and old school arcade games. The rooms are everything you could ask for too, with Wi-Fi and bright, modern décor, with a powerful designer shower and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. Bliss.
Bermondsey Square Hotel, Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Rd, London +44 20 7378 2450
Mad Hatter Hotel
This fantastic pub/hotel gets its name from its former life as a hat factory. A great choice for no nonsense accommodation at a reasonable price, the Mad Hatter boasts stylish and practical rooms above a renowned pub, serving tasty food and real ales. The striking 19th century building is located just 200m from the River Thames and the Tate Modern is a stone’s throw away. London Waterloo Railway and Tube Station is a 5-minute walk and provides easy access to all of London’s attractions. Covent Garden and the London Eye are both easily walkable too.
The Mad Hatter Hotel, 3-7 Stamford St, London SE1 9NY +44 20 7401 9222
CitizenM Bankside | Courtesy of Citizen
This stylish, contemporary hotel is situated in the heart of London. It’s just a quick two minute stroll from the Tate Modern and 600m from the Millennium Bridge, so you’re always in the heart of the action. It also boasts some of the best views the city has to offer. From the top-floor balcony jutting out of the double-height cloudM bar, you can take in stunning views of the Tower of London, the Cheesegrater, The Gherkin, The Shard and Tower Bridge Canary Wharf in the distance. The rooms are fun and characterful but with a homely charm, and if you feel like having a lazy night in, there is free WiFi and free movies on demand. So settle in, order some room service and get relaxed.
CitizenM London Bankside Hotel, Bankside, 20 Lavington St, London +44 20 3519 1680
Shangri La Hotel Shard
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Shangri La Hotel Shard
This one’s a bit special. Located on the 34-52nd floors of London’s iconic shard, you’re guaranteed both the height of luxury and service, and also some pretty spectacular views. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, this stunning hotel is perfectly placed. From the floor to ceiling windows, you’ll see that the city of London is just a short hop across the river and the River Thames flows beneath your dazzled gaze. Everything you need is there between the glorious glass walls, from the Chinese Teahouse Ting to the stylish Gong cocktail bar on level 52. This floor also boasts one of the highest infinity pools in the country where those who aren’t afraid of heights can enjoy a morning dip overlooking the amazing London Skyline.
The Shangri La Hotel, The Shard, 31 Saint Thomas, London +44 20 7234 8000