Hole up near London Bridge Station and you’ll have easy access to one of the great transport hubs in the capital. Fancy a day trip? Hop on a train to the seaside destinations of Brighton or Hastings. Or for a day exploring London, ride the Jubilee or Northern Underground lines to some of the coolest spots in town. And if you don’t fancy travelling at all, the Shard – London’s tallest building – and Borough Market are right next door. Here are the top hotels nearby, all bookable on Culture Trip.
The Ned in the City of London area attracts a varied crowd, welcoming everyone from celebrities to business executives. The vast building, which was once a banking hall, now has 250 bedrooms of all shapes and sizes – but you can still see the old vaults where fortunes were stashed. Make sure you enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool, which offers incredible views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Hoxton is a stone’s throw from the Thames, so enjoy a stroll along Southbank to dip into art galleries and food markets. The hotel has a cool, industrial feel inspired by the tanneries and factories that once populated south London. The Seabird restaurant on the roof terrace is a must for seafood lovers, especially if you have a taste for oysters. The panoramic views of London are pretty special, too.
The chic Lampery restaurant in the Apex City of London Hotel is an Instagrammer’s dream, but luckily the food tastes as good as it looks. The hotel rooms are spacious and stylish, with king-size beds, luxury Elemis toiletries and fluffy bathrobes. Best of all, it’s situated just minutes from Tower Hill – so don’t miss a wander around the impressive Tower of London.
If you don’t want to be tied to the structure of a hotel, why not check out the serviced apartments in Cove Cannon Street, close to Bank? You can choose from a studio or one-bedroom apartment, all of which are modern and thoughtfully designed. There’s also a communal lounge, a gym and 24-hour reception so you can be as independent or as sociable as you wish.
Taking inspiration from Mercer, a local textile merchant, the Vintry and Mercer Hotel has rooms decorated in the finest fabrics with bespoke headboards, plush wall coverings and even leather door handles. On the ground floor, sample some of the freshest tapas dishes you’ll ever taste – then book the hotel’s private tour of London, where you can take in the sights and enjoy commentary from the back seat of a black cab.
Sitting on a traditional cobbled street, Native Bankside was once a Victorian tea warehouse. Now the renovated factory comprises a number of serviced apartments, from the affordable Crash Pad rooms to the spacious two-bedroom apartments with two shower rooms. You’ll also have access to a fitness centre, and can easily walk by the river to the Tate Modern.
A bank during the Victorian period, Threadneedles is now a discreet boutique hotel and home to seafood joint Wheeler’s of St James’s, helmed by chef Marco Pierre White. You can’t fail to be impressed by the hotel’s elegant stained-glass dome, under which you can enjoy an afternoon tea. There’s also a champagne bar, built on what was the banking counter, where you can team your fizz of choice with freshly shucked oysters.
Save a bit of money without scrimping on quality by staying at one of the best budget-friendly hotels in Camden or affordable stays in Soho, bookable now with Culture Trip. Be authentic with a chilled-out tour of London, or catch a movie at one of London’s best outdoor cinemas, before feasting as the sun goes down in a restaurant with outside seating.
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