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Discover London Via Southwark at The Glorious New Hilton London Bankside

Hotel & Resort | Gabe Zaldivar | November 05, 2015

Discover London Via Southwark at The Glorious New Hilton London Bankside

Photo courtesy of Hilton

The Hilton London Bankside sits like an open door to an area of London that deserves far more attention and recognition for its attractions, food and hospitality. Staying here is eye-opening not just for the comfort and spaciousness, but for its proximity to so much this amazing town has to offer.

I am still so grateful to have been invited on a recent press trip to see Jess Glynne perform at the latest Hilton@PLAY session at this very hotel.

It afforded me a chance to reacquaint myself with London from another vantage. You see I was here earlier in the year, spending about five days, as so many tourists do, north of the River Thames.

I neglected that southern portion of goodness—aside from a brief but altogether scrumptious trip to Borough Market.

But Hilton London Bankside delivers a wallop of realization that the front porch to your world of discovery can indeed be right here, between a couple of tube stations and in the shadow of Tate Modern.

Right here, where the best of London is as accessible as lacing up your trainers and heading out the door.

As for the specifics, this particular Hilton, one of more than 70 that pepper the United Kingdom and Ireland, boasts 292 guest rooms, 25 bespoke suites and one lavish penthouse apartment.

Simon Vincent—the executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide—offered thoughts on the proximity to such an amazing slice of the city’s culture.

Vincent states, via a press release: “Bankside is one of London’s most vibrant areas, with an eclectic mix of culture, food, architecture and attractions. With the city attracting around 30 million global visitors every year, we are delighted to be expanding our footprint in the city and look forward to putting Hilton London Bankside on the map as a key destination for travellers and Londoners alike.”

It’s a fact I can attest to, spending four short days there recently. I was able to Climb the O2, walk the expanse of Tate Modern, ride the London Bridge Tube to High Street Kensington for a remarkable amble, eat at innovative restaurants and sample beer served at just the right temperature.

That is to say nothing of two sparkling jewels of the hotel that offer all you need to rest your weary legs after a day out in the town, or to provide the nourishment for a few hours of sightseeing.

There is The Distillery, which boasts 50 different kinds of gin and the kind of setting that exudes class and sophistication.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t melt into a chair and sip on a beer as you ponder the day’s events.

This is the kind of place that takes imbibing libations to the next level without ever feeling stuffy or ostentatious.

The same can be said for the gorgeous OXBO Bankside.

As promised, much of the food is locally sourced. I can say that the breakfast I enjoyed there, a buffet setting, was delicious.

I was able to shape my own English breakfast along with two perfectly fried eggs to go along with a platter of sensational sustenance.

And if you are in the mood for some hotel spelunking, you can attempt to find the various artistic fox figures that adorn the hotel, which is a nod to a particularly curious fox that purportedly stopped by during the hotel’s construction.

It’s just one of the myriad ways whimsy is tossed in with nuance, making for a sophisticated hotel that welcomes all measures of travel.

Whether it’s the business traveler in town for an exhaustive itinerary or the family who wants access to all that London has to offer, this is a wonderful selection to call home for a few days.

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