Spanking New Hilton Bankside Acts Like a Boutique Hotel
The brand new Hilton London Bankside has a distinct personality, non-corporate vibe and boutique feel. And that is exactly as designer Christopher Webb intended.
From the little fox statues peeking out from a ledge of the coffered ceiling in the lobby, to thoughtful art work and cool upholstered chairs in the main lobby, the feel is all London contemporary.
I love the bar. The head bartender, Riccardo, originally from Venice, is still in his twenties but quite the showman and clearly passionate about his craft. Named for the essence factory from the 1800's here on the site of Stevenson & Howell’s Standard Works, The Distillery pays homage to its heritage, serving a range of signature cocktails incorporating homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters.
Sophisticated design here includes the servers' attire to create a whole package that appeals to guests and locals. Tapas and snacks are available for sharing; a standout is the Five-Spice Dusted Crisp Pork Belly with Chili, Lime and Soy. There is also a great restaurant on site called OXBO.
Also interesting is the collection of unique gins from all over the world. Of note is the English gin that is no longer made. But you can get it here as they have a limited supply. So ask about it before its gone. This is on the QT so I won't mention the name of it. Just request it.
The hotel is well located and close to the Tate Museum, foodie-famous Borough market and entrance to The Tube. Coffee shops, drugists and restaurants are close by too in this sparkling revitalized area of London.