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Staying in South Bank

May 31st, 2022 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Where to Stay in South Bank

Sat right in the heart of the capital and a stones throw from major landmarks and destinations such as Big Ben, the West End, Covent Garden and St Pauls Cathedral - South Bank is ideally located for those planning an overnight stay in London and has a range of hotels to boot too. Read our round up of where to stay in South Bank below.

  • Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

    One of two Park Plaza's situated in South Bank, their Westminster Bridge hotel offers some of the best views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London. With 1,019 spacious hotel rooms, including 65 Suites and Penthouses and more than 500 Studio Family Rooms, ensuring guests enjoy a comfortable stay in contemporary, design-led surroundings.

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre featuring a 15-metre swimming pool. Afterwards, relax with a revitalising treatment from Europe’s first Mandara Spa. Rest assured that the kids will be taken care off, with great family packages, special children’s dining options and activities. There's even an Illy Coffee cafe on the ground floor, a rooftop bar, a brasserie and a sushi and sashimi restaurant!

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  • Sea Containers London

    Seductive and striking, Sea Containers London brings a bold energy to the area, blending the style and sophistication of the boutique brand with South Bank's artistic vibe. From the moment you walk into the lobby, you know you're in for a visual treat during your stay as guests will immediately be drawn to the giant, copper-clad wall inspired by the hull of a ship. Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building, the hotel uniquely offers river view balcony suites directly on the Thames. Working under the creative direction of renowned British designer Tom Dixon, Sea Containers London captures the essence of the original building, exuding 1920's cruise ship glamour integrated with the modern twists and sophisticated design for which the Sea Containers brand is known. Including not one, but two renowned cocktail bars Lyaness and the rooftop 12th Knot an in house restaurant known for using locally sourced ingredients and an indulgent spa, you could easily spend the whole weekend within the hotel walls, and who could blame you? 

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  • Bankside Hotel

    Another hotel that prides itself on offering guests a design led aesthetic, Bankside Hotel is adorned with a feast of different artworks in every room and public space. The in house restaurant Art Yard even has a seasonal artist in residence, where guests can come to visit and learn more about their works. For those environmentally minded, you'll love to hear that sustainability also plays a key role in how the hotel operates, from tables made of recycled plastic in the lobby, the installation of solar panels to the tiny details such as no glue used to install carpets to ensure that no VOCs are given off. Located just to the side of the new One Blackfriars tower, the hotel is in the heart of the action, with a short walk to the likes of Tate Modern and Globe Theatre to the east or the likes of National Theatre, Southbank Centre and London Eye to the west.

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  • Marriott County Hall

    Another hotel that affords world class views of the River Thames and the House of Parliament, this Marriott hotel is set in County Hall, the former home of the Greater London Council. The building itself is an iconic part of the Thames skyline, regularly seen on London's New Years Eve backdrop, where the main fireworks display is hosted behind its next door neighbour the London Eye. Inside, the hotel has made sure to celebrate the buildings rich history, with the current lobby set inside the old 'Noes Lobby' where members would have once voted. As well as beautifully decorated and luxurious rooms, you'll also find Gillray's, set inside the old library, which serves up afternoon teas, has its own gin bar and a steak restaurant that serves some of the best beef in London. And if you're looking to burn that off, the rooftop gym and pool are great places to spend some much needed downtime.

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  • Park Plaza County Hall

    Contemporary, chic and ideally located, Park Plaza County Hall London features modern guest rooms, seven well-equipped meeting rooms with natural daylight, newly opened Atrio Restaurant and Bar, a fitness centre and treatment rooms. The hotel is conveniently located at just a few minutes walk from Waterloo Station and London’s County Hall, home to several attractions such as SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Shrek’s Adventure! London and the London Eye. Popular with families staying in London, like it's nearby sibling Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, this four-star hotel ticks all the boxes.

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  • Premier Inn County Hall

    The last of three hotels located within the old County Hall is the budget friendly and family friendly Premier Inn. Just a stones throw from Waterloo Station and the best attractions that South Bank has to offer, whether you're here on business or leisure, you can always count on the reliability a Premier Inn affords.

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