The Bankside Hotel, London review: What goes on outside, influences what happens inside…

YOU’s Interiors coordinator Charlotte Page, (@stylingyourhome) checks in to discover the Bankside’s passion for culture, art and food, in this London Southbank hotel review.

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Where

London’s vibrant Southbank is overflowing with cultural venues and tourist attractions. Why not visit the art institute Tate Modern for an exhibition or two? Are live shows more your thing? Try, Shakespeare’s Globe, a playhouse for audiences to enjoy some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays. With the London Eye, National Theatre and the Southbank centre also located within a short distance, the Bankside hotel couldn’t be in better company. Recharge, relax and enjoy the laid-back, friendly atmosphere that awaits your arrival.

What

I was immediately blown away by the interior choices used throughout the lobby. The reception desk is a vast curved, marble table with plush red-velvet chairs awaiting your check-in. It’s a miracle I could even remember my name whilst taking in the wall-to-wall-art-work display. My attention was immediately taken by a piece that almost felt like it was moving, devised by Bankside’s own interior designer Dayna Lee with undulating shapes created from concrete. Bulky and mesmerising. That’s not all, texture, organic shapes, a variety of materials and juxtaposing mediums are all part of the concept that is expressed and embraced around every corner of this hotel. Watch out!

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As you walk around oohing and aahing, you notice the Mid-century focus and passion the hotel has for the design period. This is encapsulated through the furniture, lighting, sculptures and ceramics and all readily available for you to enjoy at your own leisure. You will notice black-wall sconces wrapped around a concrete pillar, inspired by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) considered one of the most important American sculptures of the 20th century. A standard shelf holds Italian ceramicist Paola Paronetto’s paper clay vase designs also fitting for the Banksides underlying foundation, ‘Art school without the dust’ set to resemble clay drying shelves. So much thought and creativity has gone into making it a quirky, humorous (check out the sparkly pants collage that lights up and… a bouncy pig!), characterful experience – and there’s plenty more where that came from.

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A dream for my future house are concrete pillars in the bedroom – and the suite we stayed in had them, (insert squeal here). What felt like our own Southbank studio flat with a plump corner sofa, a work desk and wardrobe exemplifying the Mid-century vibes, a huge TV, a bed that comes with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding and abstract works of art that stops you in your tracks. A lot of the hotels art was found in antique shops and markets, which for me is like asking someone where their outfit is from and they say ‘Vintage, many many moons ago’. The bathroom is chic, with white tiles set against black chrome fittings and fluffy towels, you are treated to Grown Alchemist luxury products to wash off the day. You will notice, the quirky artwork follows you in there too.

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Food

Art Yard Bar and Kitchen has an informal feel, with even more artwork, although another medium braces the walls this time, tiles. Laura Carlin has a selection of her whimsical hand-painted tiles on show creating a 3D story of the hotel and its surroundings. With a focus towards fresh and vibrant ingredients, the menu boasts, table snacks, small plates, large plates and sides, so you won’t be leaving hungry. A great starting point was a fresh burrata with orange, it was light and tangy and the perfect cleanser to my grilled ribeye steak, paired with hand-cut chips. A selection of cocktails and fine wines are on offer to wash down your meal, making the perfect accompaniment to the extensive and delicious food menu.

Rooms at Bankside Hotel, London start from £260 per night, book your visit here