Whether a city dweller or visiting from outside of town, Bermonds Locke couldn’t offer a cooler retreat. Situated within walking distance of some of London’s favourite hot-spots and landmarks, from Bermondsey Street and The Shard to Borough Market and Shad Thames, you really are spoilt for choice. And, we haven’t even entered the hotel yet…
As Interiors Coordinator at YOU Magazine, my favourite thing to do is clear my head of any previous expectations and allow myself to get completely consumed by my surroundings. Something which immediately caught my attention was the iridescent details highlighted throughout; they had such an impact on the space and created a clever sense of cohesion for the simple, industrial style and tone that was to be expected from all areas of this urban oasis, from the co-working area, all the way through to the restaurant and bedrooms.
London-based architecture and interiors studio Holloway Li, the designers of Bermonds Locke, explained that they wanted to create a space that had an escapist identity and looked to Joshua Tree, California as their main source of inspiration. They were particularly interested in the eccentric language of bricolage found in the desert cabins there, composed of salvaged materials. As the area is known as a pilgrimage destination for Californian travellers, they explained the ‘iridescence effect on the metal is reminiscent of dizzying colour saturation of the psychedelic experience.’ They said, ‘[we] really enjoy pushing the boundaries of material innovation – in this instance through the industrial process of zinc-passivation which creates the magic, iridescent rainbow surfaces.’
The home-meets-hotel format of Bermonds Locke provides a practical and comfortable environment where visitors can catch up on emails, have a cup of tea and even do their laundry (if they want to!). Rather than providing the clichéd home-away-from-home experience, with its well-designed and luxuriously large, thought-out spaces, Bermonds Locke offers the home of your imagination, a space without pretension that you can really unwind in.
The bedroom had a laid-back and cosy style which made me feel instantly relaxed. I became particularly fond of the bedside lights. Unsurprisingly, I wasn’t the only one as I later found them to be a hit on Instagram, taking pride of place in the posts for many previous visitors who had admired the interiors here. They were made of resins and fibres that mimic the uneven, softly luminescent qualities of the moon’s surface. I found that every little detail I stumbled upon seemed to have a similarly inspiring and thought-provoking story behind it.
Bermonds Locke is also the home of Bermondsey Larder, originally founded in Clapham, but redirected to Bermondsey and headed up by the acclaimed chef Robin Gill. He is renowned for using seasonal and local produce to create fresh plates. I had the wood-roasted lamb with hosford mayonnaise, charred lettuce and mint oil. It was cooked to perfection, the lamb melted in my mouth and was washed down with a glass of Pinot Noir which complemented the dish beautifully.
For dessert, I had the interestingly named, ‘Chocolate salted caramel… but not as you know it’. It can only be described as a mouth-watering, chocolatey-rich slice of heaven… and it certainly lived up to its name. It was unlike any other chocolate salted caramel dessert I’ve tried before, expertly put together with every flavour perfectly balanced. Whilst dining I felt a real sense of community in the restaurant, there was a bustling atmosphere and the waiting staff were very attentive and extremely knowledgeable of the menu, perfect for those of us who are slightly indecisive (guilty!).
After taking in most of the hotel during my stay, it’s clearly evident that the Joshua Tree-inspired concept has been successfully applied throughout. The colours and reclaimed materials work together to create a space that’s modern, dynamic and functions beautifully. I asked Holloway Li to describe Bermonds Locke in just three words, they said ‘escapist, low-impact, laidback’. I think this perfectly sums up what you can expect from a stay at the Locke.
Review by Charlotte Page
To book your stay head to lockeliving.com – rooms start from £99 per night.