Bermondsey Square Hotel

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Address: Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3UN, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.2

A welcoming contemporary hotel in an exciting part of London.

Set on a new square at the southern end of an up-and-coming street, Bermondsey Square tries a bit hard to distinguish itself from the pack with its deliberately tacky, late ’60s Swinging London theming. It’s still an enjoyable take on the business hotel with fair prices and well-designed, well-equipped rooms.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

The end of Bermondsey Street near London Bridge Underground/rail is a bit scruffy, but once you’re through the railway bridge you’re suddenly in a land of cool boutiques and arty happenings. Zandra Rhodes’ Fashion & Textile Museum is here, and the new square the hotel is on has restaurants and the art-house Shortwave Cinema. There’s a lovely churchyard park, too, with gorgeous pink blossom in springtime. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the hotel from London Bridge, a bit less from Borough station.

Bedrooms

The rooms have slightly awkward wet rooms with drench showers, but otherwise the design is good: standard doubles are neatly arranged on a slant to maximise the space available for work desk and bed, and Apple TVs have been installed that work with your laptop or iPod. If you’ve got a bit more to spend, the four Loft Suites on the 7th floor are spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows, terrace space and views south over urban London; the prize Lucy Suite has an outdoor eight-person jacuzzi with cracking views north to the London Eye. If there’s an event in the function room on the first floor, lower-level rooms can be noisy.

Public areas

Reception has a hanging, clear perspex bubble chair and colourful papier-mâché dog mascot Alfie, and I like the blue skies and fluffy clouds that brighten up the lift area.

Eating and drinking

Reception opens on the left into Alfie’s bar-restaurant, where Brit comfort food (ham and eggs, bubble ’n’ squeak) and cocktails are served. The hand-knitted tea cosies are a nice touch, having a ‘mustard sommelier’ is perhaps a joke too far. In the area, there are lots of other options: foodie favourite Borough Market is only a walk away, near London Bridge station, and has a cluster of good pubs and restaurants around it.

Leisure facilities

The hotel has no fitness facilities of its own, but does have a deal with a local gym.

Service

Cheerful, enthusiastic and wearing rather natty geometric-patterned mod uniforms.

Who stays there

Mostly business guests during the week, but a good mix at weekends - generally at the younger end of the scale.

Price advice

Rates include VAT but not breakfast.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Singles
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Some good design ideas
  • Interesting area of London
  • Fun atmosphere
  • A bit isolated for some
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