Budget Hotels, Expensive Cities: London

by Justin Ocean

Bermondsey Square Hotel, Bermondsey, London

It used to be you'd cross to the south bank of the Thames only for an arty jaunt to the Tate Modern. But with the rise of live/work/play design in and around Bermondsey Square, a brisk ten-minute walk from Tower Bridge, chic can happen in South London—just ask British Vogue. It named the funky collection of boutiques, gastropubs, and cafés along Bermondsey Street the It address for stylish shoppers, and not just for its Friday morning antiques market. Bermondsey Square, the neighborhood's eponymous property run by Bespoke Hotels, anchors the vibrant new development and offers 80 rooms kitted out with a minimalist Pop sensibility: psychedelic artwork, honey-tone furnishings, and vibrant aqua and red carpets. Floor-to-ceiling windows and efficient tweaks like a large desk integrated into the back of the bed's headboard help to open up the smaller spaces. Oversize Grohe drench showers and free Wi-Fi up the luxe, while iMac TVs, mod decor, bubble chairs in the lobby, and swinging 1960s street scenes in the stairwells keep it quirky. Doubles can be had for as low as £139. Four loft suites (from £250) add sensual quilted leather and dark, sexy wood to the look. Splash out on the Lucy Suite for a rooftop hot tub and glittering skyline views.

Bermondsey Square Hotel
Tower Bridge Road
London, England
Tel: 44 20 7378 2450

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