The Bermondsey Square Hotel bills itself as a contemporary hub for millennials, and by partnering with Airbnb-style rentals and introducing Yoga Nidra for mindful guests – combined with its location at the foot of trendy Bermondsey Street – you can see the appeal…
Pair the down-to-earth lobby area (complete with a hipster-esque, bookshelf-lined snug and an open-plan kitchen) with it’s legendary top floor rooms boasting unrivalled views of the Shard, and you already have the makings of an unusual property.
Add into the mix an industrial aesthetic and a buzzing location next to an indie cinema and amid the design studios, boutique shops, antique markets and countless trendy bars and restaurants of Bermondsey Street, you have somewhere quite special to stay.
In case you’re in need of further convincing, the eclectic mix of terrace rooms, superior rooms, club rooms and loft suites have hosted star-studded guests and bands, including Keane and Goldfrapp.
Rock ‘n’ roll though that may sound, it is worth noting that the hotel itself doesn’t serve alcohol – although guests are welcome to bring their own booze, and glassware is provided.
It’s a fun and alternative setting for a London city break which is set to become even more remarkable with the introduction of a 60-minute Yoga Nidra class with the acclaimed practitioner Stephen Marks on the first Tuesday of every month (£15 per person).
For the uninitiated, Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice, but it’s the perfect antidote to a stressful world, and focuses on relaxing the mind and body through meditation to achieve a state that is at once conscious and asleep – allowing the mind to completely relax.
Yoga Nidra is the perfect antidote to a stressful world, focusing on relaxing the mind and body through meditation to achieve a state that is at once conscious and asleep
After being guided through the experience by Marks, who trained in the Costa Rican rainforests, you’re sure to sleep soundly – especially if you’re lucky enough to be booked into one of the eight individually themed and named loft suites.
‘Lily’ has a hammock on the terrace, so you can lay back and take in your metropolitan surroundings from on high. If you’re with a group of friends, opt for ‘Lucy’, which has an 8-person hot tub with panoramic views of Big Ben and The London Eye.
As well as looking within, the hotel has been looking outwards too, and is the first traditional boutique hotel to embrace the dawning of the age of Airbnb, with the launch of the innovative Bermondsey SquAIR. A partnership with Airbnb-style rental properties within a one-mile radius, the service will allow apartment owners in the area the opportunity to collaborate to provide accommodation at a luxury standard.
It’s the first traditional boutique hotel to embrace the dawning of the age of Airbnb
The concept is serving to fuel the ongoing debate as to whether there is a place in the market for the traditional hotelier along the more fluid dynamic of the sharing economy.
Whether or not it is set to change the relationship between hotels and short-term rental providers is yet to be seen, but in the meantime, guests can enjoy flexible rental with a flawless concierge, maintenance standards, housekeeping facilities and 24-hour support.
In any case, it seems that with services such as this, London truly is our oyster…
3 OF OUR FAVOURITE
BERMONDSEY STREET HAUNTS
1 Tanner & Co
With a yard bedecked with fairy lights and old school gymnasium-inspired decor, this restaurant, bar and events venue has a warehouse feel. Swing by for early breakfasts and coffees, settle in for a bottomless brunch, savour a ‘just because’ date-night dinner complete with artisanal wines and cocktails, or simply get a round for a few friends.
This archetypal French bistro is favoured by the frogs themselves, and features a concise menu du jour. You’ll be praising London’s status as a culinary city before you’ve even polished off your soupe de champignons, and once you’ve tried the tarte aux pommes, you’ll be making your next reservation.
3 Hej Coffee Company
This delightful Swedish coffee shop is garlanded with flowers styled by floral artist Dante Carmassi, so you can get a nature fix at the same time as a much needed caffeine hit. Nods to the Swedish theme in the decor include a resident moose head, wooden materials and a large communal table. They also do a mean cinnamon bun.