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Hilton London Bankside hotel review 2023

Simon Calder’s Travel

In a nutshell: A comfortable and modern hotel that’s well-located for exploring the city – and especially good if you’re travelling with kids

The location

Set in buzzing Bankside, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from the Tate Modern, while other tourist favourites such as Borough Market and the Tower of London are in close proximity, too. It’s a useful spot for getting straight into central London from Southwark tube station, and you can walk across London Bridge for Blackfriars train station or stroll over nearby Millennium Bridge to gawp at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The vibe

The hotel has a laidback and unstuffy atmosphere, thanks to its friendly staff and fun touches, such as a sweet cart that kids can help themselves to upon arrival. All adults are offered a glass of fizz while checking in, with guests comprising a mixture of couples, families and those travelling for business. There’s a happy buzz of hotel guests and those visiting for dinner or drinks at the OXBO restaurant or Distillery bar. Interiors throughout combine contemporary details and splashes of vibrant colour offset against muted tones.

Bed and bath

There are 292 rooms at the hotel, including interconnecting options for families. Kids will find cuddly fox toys and blankets spread across their beds, with freshly made milkshakes and cookies being delivered to the room for their delection. After a busy day pounding city streets, guests can relax in comfort in fluffy robes and slippers. Decor is simple yet stylish, with muted grey and orange tones, bedside lamps suspended from the ceiling, and wood and leather-effect headboards and panelling. There’s a pull-out minibar with free fizzy drinks, which are topped up daily if you are staying for more than one night. Additional facilities include a flatscreen TV on the wall, a safe large enough to store a laptop, and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries.

There are 292 rooms at the hotel, with interconnecting options available

(Helen Wilson-Beevers)

Food and drink

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the busy OXBO restaurant which has a rustic, urban style complete with colourful rugs and glassware, offset against contrasting black and white tiles and wooden walls. The adjacent Distillery bar serves a selection of drinks, including 50 types of gin, while alcohol-free beer and spirits are also available. The OXBO design…

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