London Bridge Hotel



Having discovered that the hotel is no more than a two-minute saunter from the tube and, more importantly, the culinary smorgasbord that is Borough Market, we were well up for our capital getaway. And enthusiasm was not diminished on reaching our fourth-floor accommodation.

Now the standard rooms are, shall we say, somewhat on the cosy side, dominated by a king-sized and inordinately comfy bed. I doubt if guest enjoyment would be impaired by the removal of one of the chairs and maybe the table on which a varied range of reading material - from Cosmopolitan to The Economist - was displayed.

Other than the free "high-speed internet" not quite matching the description, we found everything to be efficiency personified.

Cream coloured walls and drawers contrast with features such as the writing desk opposite the bed. Under its glass top was an updated sheet of exhibits and attractions within easy commute of the hotel. Although tourist-oriented, the information is useful for Londoners on a break from the usual routine. Above the desk was a wall-mounted TV, with Sky Sports channels, if not its movie range, among the viewing options. And you can watch while enjoying a cup of the complimentary Fairtrade tea or coffee. There was ample drawer space and the wardrobe illuminated on opening.

Still with lighting, we could control the room essentials without getting out of bed and plus points for the lamps on either side, incorporating an extra "eye" extension - ideal for nocturnal reading when your partner is in sleep mode. We opened the window blinds to enjoy an architecturally interesting vista of ancient and modern - The Shard is also a local landmark. Oh, and the bathroom was spotless, with simple to operate bath/shower controls.

Feeling peckish, we popped down to the intimately lit Quarter Bar to select from a menu slanted towards comfort food and road test some interesting cocktails. Maybe the alcohol induced drowsiness but our blissful sleep may also have been aided by the nocturnal quiet and comfy bed.

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