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Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection

2 Blackfriars Rd, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9JU, UK
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Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection

Why we love it: Art is the center of attention at this design conscious hotel on the Thames’ south bank.

The Highlights:
- A robust Makers in Residence program hosting local artists
- Tech savvy co-working spaces in the cozy lobby
- Central location opposite The City and near the Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, Borough Market, and the National Theatre

The Review:
A new Autograph Collection property from Marriott, this 161-room hotel on the south bank of the Thames River is close to cultural attractions like the Tate Modern and Globe Theatre. Which makes sense because the hotel brings a serious arts focus to the table, with a white cube gallery space; commissioned pieces by London artists including portraits by Helen Gorrill, murals by Laura Carlin, and tables by Malgorzata Bany; and a partnership with local gallery Contemporary Collective for a Makers in Residence program that gives rotating artists a space to work. The program features a schedule of talks, previews, and events throughout the year for guests, other tourists, and locals.

Sleek interiors are by Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studio, who uses her film background and midcentury design as a jumping off point for contemporary yet comfortable spaces. Rich wood furniture is the canvas for greens, grays, and tans punctuated with bold black and white geometric patterns. All rooms have remote-controlled black out blinds, fluffy robes, and a Nespresso coffee maker, ensuring ultimate comfort. Spend the morning catching up on emails in the lobby that’s dotted with cozy nooks and functional workspaces. Then swing over to stylish restaurant Art|Yard, which is filled with original art and serves an all-day menu focusing on British produce, craft cocktails and local beer. Bonus: The hotel also pays attention to sustainability, with rooftop beehives and biofuel generation.