Often overlooked, there are hotel bargains to be had south of the Thames.
St Thomas St, Southbank SE1 Underground: London Bridge Serene with spectacular views of the city and rivers, a great occasion hotel. Check out International Traveller’s anonymous review of Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard.
Lavington St, Bankside Underground: London Bridge / Southwark Flashy and energetically designed, the Dutch brand is making big waves for the stylish comfort seeker on a beer budget. Close to the Tate Modern and a couple of tube stops from the nightlife, you’ll only face a small cab charge in the morning.
Westminster Bridge Rd, Westminster SE1 Underground: Lambeth North When budget airline models marry budget car rentals, their offspring are Tune Hotels. You pay for everything as you go but it’s incredibly cheap for a clean room, bed and a roof over your head. Although it’s called Tune Hotel Westminster, it’s on the south side of the river. If you think midnight is an early time to head to bed, this is your place.
Waterloo Rd, Westminster, SE1 Underground: Waterloo / Southwark Don’t be fooled by the Hilton in the name, this is a new affordable gem. Great for culture vultures who will be visiting the theatres and Southbank galleries, it’s well worth it for seasoned London travellers who like functional and comfortable but who don’t want to sit down to breakfast while other guests return from a night of skylarking.