Bermondsey is home to one of London’s oldest buildings, Mary Magdalen Church, which was completed around 1690, and the area’s streets were immortalised by Charles Dickens’ masterpiece Oliver Twist. Today, the neighbourhood has great independent coffee shops, small galleries and theatres waiting to be explored. Here are the best hotels in Bermondsey to stay at during your visit.
Shangri-La at The Shard occupies floors 34 to 52 of London’s tallest building, currently the fifth-tallest in Europe. Aside from the amazing views (which can be enjoyed in all their glory thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows in every room), the highlight of staying at this luxurious hotel is undoubtedly the Skypool, a heated infinity pool on the 52nd floor that stays open well into the evening. With two restaurants and two bars, there’s plenty to keep guests entertained high among the clouds.
Culture vultures will love staying at The Bermondsey Square Hotel, located on Bermondsey Street, close to Borough Market (London’s most famous food market), Tate Modern, the Fashion and Textile Museum and Maltby Street Market. For lovers of vintage, there’s also an antiques fair nearby every Friday. The Bermondsey Square Hotel doesn’t serve alcohol, but if you fancy a drink in the area, there are plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants to check out nearby.
This hidden gem is an Instagrammer’s dream. Formerly a boys’ grammar school from 1835 to 1968, the hotel’s designers have retained many of the building’s original features, including intricate Victorian ceiling roses, fireplaces and stained-glass windows. The two standout spaces are undoubtedly the Headmaster’s Room and the jaw-dropping Great Hall, which doubles as Baluchi, a Pan Indian restaurant.
Located in London Bridge, between Borough and Bermondsey, the Residence Inn is primarily a business hotel but will also appeal to tourists thanks to its 24-hour gym facilities, Grab ‘n’ Go Market in the lobby and communal laundry services that allows guests to set their own schedule. All rooms have private living areas, so there’s plenty of space to relax and unwind, plus a complimentary hot breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead.
South Point Suites offer something a little different to the typical hotel experience. The team behind these self-catered apartments hosts regular socials for their short- and long-stay guests, as well as a laundry and concierge service. Shop fresh produce at the local markets and rustle up something delicious in the well-equipped kitchens, and explore the local attractions that sit on your doorstep, including The Shard and Tower Bridge.
The rooms above the Grange Pub are basic yet clean and modern with shared bathroom facilities. If a luxury experience is what you’re looking for then this isn’t the place. However, the charming lively pub downstairs, which serves a wide selection of local brews and wood-oven pizzas, makes it stand out from other budget options in the area.