London, more than just about any other city in the world, needs something like citizenM London Bankside — a hotel that realizes the idea of low-cost lodging that’s fit for human habitation, much less one that possesses a modicum of visual style.
Such an idea would, until relatively recently, have met with a dose of British skepticism around these parts. That was before citizenM burst onto the London hospitality scene. Now that the citizenM concept is producing tangible results, it’s quickly converting the non-believers.
The rooms at citizenM London Bankside hotel, while far from palatial, are attractively designed and surprisingly comfortable. King beds span the width of the rooms at their far ends, and the showers, though somewhat spacecraft-like when comes to their size, get the job done.
Indeed, one could say that there’s a bit of an air of sci-fi utopianism about the place, and it’s only reinforced by the MoodPad, the touch-screen device with which guests control the room’s not an inconsiderable array of electronics.
Canteen and Art
Complimenting the space-age gadgetry are copious amounts of the hip, contemporary art. The work of revered artists is featured in and out: the Turner-nominated artist Mark Titchner has a piece on the exterior of the building, and inside there are artworks by Mario Testino, Hans op de Beeck, Gavin Turk.
A sensible and stylish canteenM café completes the package. Designed to feel like a cosy, open style kitchen and coffee bar (and morphing into a cocktail bar at night), the canteen offers delicious baked goods in the morning and light lunches and simple dinners later in the day. It’s a place that will get you out the door in high spirits.
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Review with a contribution by Tablet Hotels.