This year’s World Travel Market saw us, once again, head to the bright lights of London. WTM is a fabulous event but it is somewhat tiring covering the miles around the two exhibition halls at London Excel. When the day is over and you just want to get some rest then quality accommodation is essential. This year we found the perfect place; London Bridge Hotel.
It is an independent 4-star boutique hotel located only a minute from London Bridge Tube Station and right at the foot of The Shard meaning it is easy to navigate back to! It allowed us to get away from the exhibition halls and immerse ourselves in the London experience.
Located in the Borough of Southwark, it’s heritage dates back to Roman times and some of the artefacts in the Museum of London came from the site the hotel is built on. That’s history! Southwark has benefited from a recent era of growth and the South Bank of the river is now a very vibrant place to be. There is a fabulous walk that takes you along the Thames, over London Bridge and back down the North Bank.
It also takes in The Tower of London and The Shard and is easily done in an hour if you avoid stopping at any of the rather tempting eateries.
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With accommodation ranging from rooms to apartments there is something for most travellers. Three things that impressed me most with this delightful hotel.
The first was the staff. It doesn’t matter if the hotel has terrific facilities if there isn’t a terrific team backing them up. The staff at London Bridge are fabulous, a warm welcome from the reception team, concierges who could not be more helpful, bar staff who are not only attentive, but have pride, ensuring the bar remains spotless at all times. Everyone seems to be invested in making your stay memorable and that takes effort. It did not go unnoticed.
The second was how quiet it is. Our room was devoid of the usual banging and crashing and things that go bump in the night. The relative silence made for a wonderfully sound sleep, especially when considering the city centre location.
The third, and this might sound obvious in a four star hotel, but years of travelling attune you to these things, cleanliness. Everything was spotless. It made you feel like you were the first ever visitor through the door, rather than one of many. Quality, contemporary furnishings help complete the narrative.
The weekend deluxe package including breakfast, a bottle of wine, box of chocolates and a two course dinner with a later checkout time sounds like just the thing for a romantic weekend break too. There is also a special deal for those attending events at the O2 Arena.
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Food wise, it’s easy going but good quality. There are two options The Quarter Bar if you fancy relaxing and having some informal nibbles. We had antipasti with olives, hummus and a selection of filling sliders. There is also The Londinium Restaurant for a more formal meal though the menu is still simple, high quality fare. Again in both I found the cleanliness to be of the absolute highest standards. Bravo!
Every room at London Bridge has :-
Samsung LED TV offering a wide range of channels
Complimentary wi-fi / wired internet access
Tea and coffee making facility
Hairdryer, iron and ironing board
Duvet and choice of pillow
White Company toiletries
Fibre optic reading lights
So would I stay there again? (always the test of a good hotel) Absolutely! In short the London Bridge has it all, everything you need, under one roof, and smiles are included.
Guest post by Alison Bailey
This isn’t Iain’s first stay at the hotel, here’s what he thought first time around: Review – The London Bridge Hotel
Although our accommodation at the London Bridge Hotel was provide complimentary, we did not receive any payment for this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.