Hotel Review: Hilton Bankside, London

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Good Things editor Zoe Perrett discovers lush vital and bespoke courtesy to fact during Hilton Bankside

From Potters Field right down to a London Eye, there’s always something function on a Thames’s Southbank – and there are few lovelier ways to while divided a summer day (and night) than eating, celebration and creation happy along a length.

But afterwards it gets a tiny too late to make that final sight home, or you’ve had one Prosecco too many, or you’re simply carrying distant too good a time to leave.

So instead, conduct to a hotel that’s set behind only adequate to humour we from a dispatch and discord of a stream bank, though nearby adequate to all a movement we wish to enjoy. Step adult Hilton Bankside.

Bloomin’ beautiful

Hilton Bankside Lobby

In a awful precipitate for a business assembly approach out west, we run to a stop behind a array of flower-filled letters that spell out a hotel’s name; feeling rather embarrassed as we palm a keys of a rather well-worn automobile to a top-hatted-and-tailed valet.

We competence be prohibited and bothered, though a front list staff are cold and unflappable, earnest to take good caring of a bags, assuring us it’s no problem to rigourously check in later, and assisting us find a quickest track to a destination.

The apartment life

Returning in a identical state to that we arrived, we’re quickly checked in to a executive suite. With sharp touches like a counterpart dangling from a belt-like leather tag and a neat list I’d take were it tiny adequate to conceal, a sizeable room feels some-more ‘design hotel’ than chain.

It’s some-more than softly tantalizing to wave on a recumbent chair in a adjoining office-lounge room and sequence a GT from room service, though as there’s work to be finished before any mirth ensues, it’s a list that gets utilised.

After a rather diligent day, we’d gladly spend a dusk indulging in a diagnosis from a spa’s endless list before a ridiculously early night in a immeasurable bed, though we’re due for cooking (and sadly, not during Hilton Bankside’s complicated British menu-d OXBO).

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But a scrupulously absolute showering accompanied by a Rihanna miscellany piped by to a lavatory speakers from a flatscreen radio restores sufficient effect for us to leave a building – nonetheless it’s not prolonged before we make a excuses so we can lapse to a hotel and settle ourselves in The Distillery.

Best bar none


There’s a old-school, New York character to this low-lit bar which, in annoy of a size, evokes an insinuate atmosphere. The bar group knows a qualification and – only as critically and maybe reduction ordinarily – know how to rivet with guest so we feel a review is distant some-more than mouth service.

A short, assured cocktail list specialises in aromatics, tinctures and infusions, while a venue majors in gin, charity 50+ examples, and a menu of GT combinations trimming from a classical to a esoteric.

We start with a fruity, pisco-based Terre Peruvian, and a strong ‘His Hers’ which, as it’s for LB and not me, is spritzed with a hazed whisky-based elixir. Should a lady sequence a same drink, we’re told, that final develop takes a form of a homemade rose essence.

As obliged drinkers we know that ethanol should be imbibed alongside a nip or few – and we also can’t conflict a boiled item. So, from a list of bar snacks where zero would be unwelcome, we select buttermilk boiled chicken, five-spiced pig belly, courgette fritters and corn aioli, and crispy squid. All are abundant, and all are finger-licking good.

LB suggests holding a few remaining morsels of steep to a room, though in a finish a only a dual of us that take a lift adult to a third floor. That bed proves each bit as gentle as a brief progressing explorations suggested; gainful to a welcomely plain sleep.

How do we like your eggs in a morning?
Breakfast is served in OXBO, finally giving us a possibility to check out a brasserie’s style. And we like it really much; from a checkerboard building tiles to a array of decoupaged outlandish animal heads mounted on a wall.

The operation on both a cereal bar and patisserie list is endless and diverse, as is a widespread on offer in a Continental-style chiller cupboard that facilities all from rollmops, to hummus, to cheeses and cold cuts.

But one always feels cheated if they snake a attractive baked breakfast. And so, from a shining self-service buffet, LB loads his image with sausages, bacon and runny-yolked boiled eggs, while we raise cave too high with zero though buttery, soothing scrambled steep eggs and eat each singular scrap.

A noon check-out time means we could happily dawdle longer – generally meaningful that a executive loll and a open bureau space with PCs and printers is during a ordering – though a prolonged automobile tour calls. And so, LB’s tea eliminated courteously to a go-cup, we leave a amenities of Hilton Bankside for a meant streets of London.

Make it happen
Where: Hilton Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0U
Price: Rooms during Hilton Bankside start from £284 per night for a double room, on a bed and breakfast basis. To book call 0203 667 5600 or revisit

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