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The Best South Bank Hotels
The Old Vic, the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, The London Eye, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Markets, The Shard, The Hayward Gallery, the BFI, the Aquarium… It’s all here along the South Bank. Plus, the path along the river is hard to beat when it comes to views of the rest of London. And the South Bank is known for its eateries and bars - with all those cultural attractions and theatres there’s a lively crowd come the evening - especially if the weather is mild. Quite a few of our recommendations for the best South Bank hotels have their own great restaurants too. And Borough Markets is a real draw when if comes to sourcing fuel for your explorations of London.
As well as all the cultural and entertainment punches the South Bank packs itself, it’s also just a bridge from Covent Garden and Westminster. So the best South Bank hotels also represent some of the most central hotels in London. And we think the best hotels on the South Bank also offer great value.
The Best South Bank Hotels
Special Hotels on London's South Bank
If you’re looking for something special try the Shangri-La at The Shard, a luxurious, five star hotel in the fabulous Shard building. Even if you choose one of the most basic of the 202 rooms you’ll still have access to incredible views over London and an indoor pool on the 52nd floor which is a memorable experience in itself. There are floor to ceiling windows in almost all the rooms, even the bathrooms.
The Best South Bank Hotels for Location
The Hilton London Bankside is bolder and more designer-y than your typical Hilton offering. It’s a bit industrial, with a bar that specialises in gin and a restaurant that’s surprisingly buzzy considering this is a Hilton. And the location, close to the Tate, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Young Vic and Borough Market, is central.
The London Bridge Hotel is a stylish business hotel that has become popular with leisure visitors because of its prime Southwark location, close to The Shard, Borough Markets and London Bridge Station, and it’s chic rooms. Because it’s a business hotel the facilities are excellent and the restaurant, Londinium is good without being too expensive. They have a great bar and lounge too.
The Best Value Hotels on London's South Bank
Like its chain-fellows, the CitizenM Bankside is a trendy, contemporary hotel with well placed elements of luxury. In this case the location is excellent, close to the Tate Modern and Borough Market. There’s Vitra furniture throughout and modern art on display, but the room-rate for these 192 rooms starts from under £100 per night. Just.
If you haven’t found your idea of the best South Bank hotel on our Guru’s list you could:
- Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in London,
- or our Guru’s collection of Cool London Hotels on a Budget?
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- or the 7 best hotels in The City of London?
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The Best South Bank Hotels
Shangri-La at The Shard 202 rooms from £383London
Bucket list destination property that really has the “Wow” factor. Asian influenced interiors, with five star luxuries as standard. Floor to ceiling windows in both bedrooms and bathrooms to make the most of the spectacular views over London. Everyone must stay here once – despite the price tag!Swimming Pool - Awesome indoor pool on the 52nd Floor. It's Europes highest infinity pool and a must for all guests!Views - The Shard must have some of the best views over the whole of London.Sights nearby - Situated right next door to London Bridge, all of London's best bits are easily accessible.Local markets - Trendy Borough Market is round the corner
Hilton London Bankside 292 rooms from £209London
Bold, designer hotel on London's South Bank that breaks the mould of boring corporate chains. With an industrial edge to the design, a bar specialising in gins and a buzzy restaurant, it feels a world away from your typical Hilton.Local markets - Borough Market is just a ten minute walk and an absolute must for foodies.Great walks - Along Bankside with its abundace of pop ups, bars and eateries.Sights nearby - Get a proper view of London on The London Eye.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.
London Bridge Hotel 138 rooms from £99London
Stylish business hotel, popular with tourists, in prime Southwark river location offers gym facilities and modern features. Chic rooms are luxurious with all the needed mod-cons. Londinium restaurant offers British cuisine, or head to the Quarter Bar and Lounge for drinks and casual small plates.Exclusive offer - Great Weekend DealsSights nearby - The view from the Shard, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London for medieval history.Local markets - Borough Market is a popular food market with Londoners and tourists alike.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Frommers
citizenM Bankside 192 rooms from £91London
Trendy, contemporary "luxury for less" hotel on London's Southbank. Ideal for arty types, with iconic Vitra furniture throughout, modern art on display and a stone's throw from the Tate. Tablets in every room for mood control and a host of other goodies thrown in with the price.Sights nearby - Very close to Tate Modern and the Millenium BridgeLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet