Hilton London Bankside

Hilton London Bankside: For Your Upcoming Staycation

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It can be overwhelming finding somewhere to stay in the capital. London is more than just a one-stop city break – there are so many areas to explore, all wonderfully unique in their own ways – and finding the right one, depending on your agenda, is key.

Somewhere along the Thames is always a great base for exploring, with many of the city sights just a stone’s throw away.

Hilton London Bankside is our chosen home for a family weekend in the city. Nestled between the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern, you’ve got the capital’s culture at your fingertips.

STYLE

Stylish interiors match the postcode at this Bankside beauty – and you’ll find all the modern amenities you’d expect from a plush pad in the heart of the capital.

Hilton London BanksideIt’s bright, buzzy and contemporary, with no compromise on character – think friendly faces, fabulously over-the-top floral displays at the entrance, sweet stations and Disney movies playing out on a projector in the lobby.

We’re travelling with our tot in tow, so this goes down a treat during a very smooth Friday night check in.

Our room is spacious and simply decorated, though not in an unimaginative way – it perfectly embodies ‘city chic’ while remaining clean and comfortable.

Clever storage hidden within built-in cupboards, oak paneling, muted leather and a neutral palette with hints of forest green, bringing it bang up to date.

HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS

Location is a biggie, and this hotel is a box ticker indeed.

Waterloo and London Bridge stations are both nearby, perfect for travelling to other London neighbourhoods and beyond.

Or, if you’re in town to explore what’s nearby on foot, you’re moments from Tate Modern, Borough Market, The Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe, the London Eye, Southbank Centre and more.

The hotel’s style is also worth mentioning – an urban retreat and an inviting space to return to with tired legs after lapping up London town.

The 17-metre swimming pool is a real highlight. For us, a great way to start the day and entertain an excitable little one, but also for those who love to begin or end the day with a workout or a quick dip.

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LAY YOUR HEAD

Our Deluxe Room comes complete with little luxuries for both big and little people.

There’s a Bose speaker kitted out in the bathroom ceiling – because who doesn’t love a bit of a boogie in the shower to get the day underway?

The king-size bed sits in the centre of the room, dressed with crisp white bedding.

There’s a desk complete with handy USB panels and plenty of space for those working on-the-go.

You’ll also find a breakout area for lounging, views of Southwark, and a modern bathroom with slate tiles and magnifying mirrors.

Tiny guests are VIPs at Hilton London Bankside, with adorable mini toiletries and bathrobes, entertainment packs, bath toys, a cosy cot for snoozing and more.

A selection of goodies are lined up on the bed on arrival, and our little one is just as excited as we are. A nice touch.

FOOD & DRINK

The hotel’s bar and restaurant is a destination of its own – inviting foodies and cocktail- lovers in to revel in some of Bankside’s best bites and brews.

The Distillery is a sophisticated space to sip and soak up the atmosphere as cocktails are crafted, music plays and drinkers meet for after-work drinks, weekend tipples or city break sips.

Round the corner you’ll find OXBO Bankside, the hotel’s innovative restaurant and grill.

OXBO is all about serving simple pleasures with a stylish twist. Go here for steaks, seafood, seasonal specials and weekend experiences like bottomless brunch.

We pop in for an early dinner before bedding down for the evening. The space is buzzy even before it fills up – with an open kitchen and animal ‘trophy’ heads adorning the walls – effortless entertainment for our toddler.

We’re wined, watered, little one equipped with a colouring in kit, and ready to tuck in.

Hilton London BanksideWe kick things off with the seabream carpaccio (£10) – beautifully styled on the plate with avruga caviar, pickled carrot and kohlrabi, pear gel and coriander; and the duck rillettes (£9) – served with cornichons and toasted sourdough.

The main event comes in the form of the hake fillet (£24) – fabulously fresh and served with a root vegetable broth, black turtle beans, aioli and smoked paprika, to pack in a spicy punch.

The grilled sirloin steak (£34) is a standout moment during our stay – cooked to perfection, gliding off the knife with ease – served with baby leaves and French fries. Delicious.

There’s no room for dessert this time, but the menu is packed with delicious dishes to put smiles on the faces of those with a sweet tooth – coffee parfait (£9), passion fruit cheesecake (£9) and chocolate orange cake (£9) to name a few.


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