With easy access to the Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Somerset House, the new design-led Bankside Hotel combines the influences and culture of its surrounding neighbourhood with genuinely friendly service, art-informed interiors, and a commitment to be regarded as ‘the’ social hub for guests and locals with a penchant for style.
Set across six storeys, film set art director turned hotel designer Dayna Lee, of Los Angeles’s Powerstrip Studio, has encapsulated the history of SE1 within the design—creating what she describes as having “art school style with added polish, an appreciation for mid-century collection and black line drawings.”
Committed to the creativity of the Bankside locale, the hotel—part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection—commissioned British artisans and makers to create key features of the hotel, including two wall murals composed of illustrated tiles by ceramicist and illustrator Laura Carlin.
A dedicated area of the hotel is home to a ‘Makers in Residence Craft Space’ where, in collaboration with Contemporary Collective, an ever-changing programme of creatives covering a range of disciplines will have the opportunity to practice their craft; guests having the pleasure to watch an artistic journey unfold throughout their stay.
All-day restaurant Art|Yard has a distinct neighbourhood feel and, headed up by Chef Lee Streeton, features a fresh and healthy menu consisting of seasonal British produce with European influences—classic dishes with a somewhat indulgent twist. Expect deletable delights like baked bone marrow with curry sauces; Dorset crab with avocado; sirloin on the bone; and buffalo ricotta.
Bankside Hotel also adds into the mix coworking capabilities, meeting spaces, a ‘white cube’ gallery space, and live-work lounges—whilst also boasting some of the city’s most affable staff. “Their combined skills and love of working together as one promises a truly individual experience both for guests and employees,” reveals general manager Douglas McHugh.
As dynamic and creative as the neighbourhood it aims to serve as a cultural hub, Bankside Hotel is an impressive addition to the capital’s rich roster of design hotels.