The Bermondsey Square Hotel, London

A quirky, vibrant hotel, simply perfect for first-nights and mini-moons


First Impressions


A fifteen minute ramble from Borough Market south of the River Thames, this ultra-cool hotel is not for the faint-hearted. From the cow-hide seats in the bar at the entrance, to the black painted corridors.

The hotel has three large meeting rooms and a stunning roof terrace with a bar and garden furniture, capable of holding a party for 250 people. Ideal if you are looking for a chic City venue.

Room for romance

Eighty bedrooms in total, include five unique loft suites with spectacular views of the London skyline from the enormous floor to ceiling windows. Each suite has a balcony, great for pre-dinner drinks or a spot of sunbathing or people watching. The Lucy suite, perfect for First-Nighters has an outdoor Swedish hot tub, a super-romantic way to star gaze and wind down.

We stayed in the Jade suite, where electric pink trimmings, pictures of the Beatles and in-built ipod speakers made us feel fabulously funky. The bed was lovely and big, and ever-so-comfy and the large bathroom, with separate his and hers sinks meant there was no fighting over the mirror!

Wine and Dine

Alfie’s Bar and Restaurant, on the ground floor offers a fantastically British menu with many of its offerings supplied by Borough and Billingsgate markets. For starters we felt romantically inclined and shared the “Borough Market Board,” probably a mistake, as we both liked it a little too much to share! Next, the gorgeous “Market fish special of the day” was cooked to perfection. A fantastic selection of wine was on offer and we enjoyed a rather splendid Malbec, recommended by our waiter.

We love

The fact that the whole menu is available on room service, so if you are feeling tired and hungry you can relax and unwind in glorious privacy together.

We don’t love

The fact that our trousers are now on the snug side. Breakfast buffets are a very dangerous, but thrilling, invention, and this was no exception with a lovely range of cereals and fruits and gorgeous treats like smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. A great idea for couples about to travel on a long flight, or for those who need to replenish themselves after a long night partying. Not so great for those with greedy temperaments (like us), who intend on doing nothing but read the paper all day.

X Factor

Bubble bath, or rather, champagne in the hot tub. On the terrace. At sunset. With the entire London skyline as a view. Lovely.

Go there


Stay at the Hotel in a Superior room from £149 per night, and in a Loft Suite from £249 per night. bermondseysquarehotel.co.uk