by Iain Mallory
Located in a historical area of the city and in the long shadow of The Shard, the London Bridge Hotel is an attractive hotel with friendly staff. The traditional exterior contrasting nicely with the modern buildings which surround it.
The standards are high as would be expected in a high quality hotel but it does seem to offer a little more than average. Described as a 4 star boutique hotel it is has the charm of a traditional style London hotel combined with the chic interior of a modern one. I found this combination of charm and up to date facilities to be appealing.
The staff are smartly dressed in uniforms, always polite, helpful, friendly and happy to chat or offer advice about attractions in the area.
The air-conditioned room in which I stayed in was relatively compact, but comfortable, well equipped and of course clean. The bed provided a good night’s sleep, especially welcome after spending several hours using the complimentary internet. Everything that is expected in a hotel of this standard is available in a well-designed room.
There are also Executive suites and apartments which will be much more luxurious but for a weekend sightseeing trip to the capital, a room is fine.
Taking the opportunity to try a meal in the hotel Quarter Bar with a friend we enjoyed browsing the simple but tempting menu. There are several sharing platters on offer and in the end opted for the Greek and cheese platters which turned out to be good choices with too much for either of us to finish. Lamb koftas, salad, tsaziki, hummous and a selection of cheese with crackers was very tasty and had us beat. They were excellent value, especially in a central London hotel.
The wine was also very good and our bar manager for the evening Alex provided us with an excellent cognac based cocktail. He was very pleasant, took time to speak with us and was genuinely keen to ensure we enjoyed our visit.
It is a pleasant bar, with lounge area including booths and small tables which can easily be combined to provide dining options for larger groups, simple but versatile. The bar is well stocked and there was a television for the duration of the Olympics and Paralympics; very patriotic.
There is also the Londinium restaurant for those preferring a full meal and in room dining is available if the room is too comfortable to leave.
If there is still some spare energy left after visiting some of the many attractions which are located close to the hotel then complimentary use of the gymnasium is available.
Breakfast is included with the stay; the choice is impressive with a hot and cold buffet available. It provides a substantial start to the day which will satisfy even the hungriest guest. An all you can eat buffet before 10 am.
It is ideally located to explore the Southwark and South Bank. A selection of the local attractions include: Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Operating Theatre Museum, HMS Belfast, Tate Modern and the London Eye.
A standard to deluxe double room costs from £190 to £295 per night but there are also a number of offers well worth checking out. These include a deluxe weekend package, 3 nights for the price of 2 and a weekend deal for £99 a night and breakfast for an additional £10 per person.
I can thoroughly recommend the London Bridge Hotel for those visiting the capital, it may not be budget class accommodation but the offers are good value. Even the most budget conscious need to have a splurge sometimes and there is probably an offer to suit every pocket.