London SE1 (South Banks, Bermondsey, Bankside, Vauxhall)

London SE1, just south of the river, includes the areas of Bankside, South Bank, Southwark, Bermondsey and Vauxhall. This central area of London is bursting with theatres, museums and some of London’s most visited attractions, including: the Tower of London, Borough Market, the Tate Modern, London Eye, Imperial War Museum, Imax, London Dungeon’s, Globe Theatre and Sea Life London Aquarium. See all hotels in London SE1. 

 

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TOP PICK: Think Bermondsey Street star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating

(from £78/night. London SE1 3TG)

Think Bermondsey StreetWhat’s included… The rooms are complete with bathrooms, a kitchen area including cookware, dishware, utensils, stove top, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, fridge, microwave, iron/ironing board and coffee and tea making facilities. These apartments also benefit from free wifi, LCD television with satellite channels and a separate living area. This is a fantastic value option for long stays and families, saving you a fortune on laundry and eating out costs. There is also Tesco Express a 5 minute walk away to stock your kitchen.

Nearby… Situated on trendy Bermondsey Street, full of boutique shops and cafes, this self-catering hotel is particularly good value for long stays. Just 10 minutes from London Bridge Station, in the unlikely event you’ll run out of things to do in the SE1 area, this Central London station provides easy access elsewhere.

How far to… 
Tate Modern
20 minute walk
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 23 minute walk
London Dungeon’s and London Tombs 15 minute walk
Borough Market 15 minute walk
Imperial War Museum 15 minute bus journey/ 30 minute walk

 

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The Bridge Hotel London star ratingstar ratingstar rating

(from £35/night. London SE1 0AJ)

What’s included… This Hotel benefits from free wifi and free parking (first come, first serve basis) and rooms include iron/ironing board, complimentary toiletries, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary mineral water, refrigerator, hair dryer and complimentary newspapers. A great value hotel in central London.

Nearby… This value hotel is less than 10 minutes walk from Elephant and Castle Tube Station and Borough Tube station, providing you with cheap public transport into the centre.

How far to… 
Imperial War Museum
10 minute walk
Borough Market 15 minute walk
London Dungeon’s and London Tombs 15 minute walk
Tate Modern 15 minute walk

 

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Holiday Inn Express London-Southwark star ratingstar ratingstar rating

(from £57/night. London SE1 0JQ)

Holiday Inn - SouthwarkWhat’s included… It’s not just the location or the friendly staff that’s the lure here, the hotel also offers complimentary breakfast. Rooms include coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryer and satellite television.

Nearby…This three star hotel is just 5 minutes from Southwark Tube Station but within walking distance of many attractions, such as the Tate Modern, Borough Market and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

How far to… 
Tate Modern
5 minute walk
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 7 minute walk
Borough Market 12 minute walk
Imax 13 minute walk
London Dungeon’s and London Tombs 15 minute walk
Imperial War Museum 17 minute walk

 

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The Mad Hatter Hotel star ratingstar ratingstar rating

(from £62/night. London SE1 9NY)

The Mad HatterWhat’s included… En-Suite rooms include the use of iron/ironing board, trouser press, hair dryer and coffee and tea making facilities. A good value choice to avoid public transport and taxi fees.

Nearby… Southwark Tube Station is just 5 minutes from this 19th century hotel but if you don’t want to spend time on public transport or walk much, this is the hotel for you…

How far to… 
Tate Modern
5 minute walk
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 10 minute walk
Imax 10 minute walk
Borough Market 15 minute walk
London Dungeon’s and London Tombs 15 minute walk
Imperial War Museum 15 minute walk
London Eye 15 minute walk

 

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Hilton London Tower Bridge star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating

(from £93/night. London SE1 2BY)

Hilton London Tower BridgeWhat’s included… This modern central London hotel benefits from free wifi, a delightful rooftop terrace and all rooms include iron/ironing board, hair dryer, complimentary newspapers and tea and coffee making facilities. For a four star hotel, this is great value and the location is unbeatable.

Nearby… Situated on pretty Tooley Street, this luxury hotel at budget price is less than 10 minutes from London Bridge Station.

How far to… 
London Dungeon’s and London Tombs
4 minute walk
HMS Belfast 4 minute walk
Borough Market 8 minute walk
Tower Bridge 10 minute walk
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre15 minute walk
Tate Modern 20 minute walk
St Paul’s Cathedral 25 minute walk

 

Not to be missed in London SE1…

Tower Bridge is in itself an icon of London, but the views of London from it are just as spectacular. At the north side of the Bridge, lies The Tower of London dating back to 1078. Admire this impressive castle against the backdrop of London’s modern architecture or take a tour round the venue which also includes admission to see The Crown Jewels.

Borough Market, located at the end of Borough High Street, is a partly covered gourmet food and flower market. Enjoy kangaroo burgers, some of London’s best coffee at the Monmouth coffee shop, delicious baked goods and oysters to name but a few of the delicacies to be found!

The Tate Modern, on the Southbank, houses some of the world’s best contemporary and modern Art, set within an old power station. The Southbank Centre is also near, which includes the Hayward Gallery and The Royal Festival Hall.

The London Eye is the UK’s most popular attraction, and as the tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe you won’t be disappointed with it’s views of London.

The Imperial War Museum is a free museum detailing the impact of modern warfare through extensive unpublished archives and exhibitions of photos and memorabilia from the First World War to the Present day.

For the ultimate cinema experience, head to the Imax in Waterloo, home to the biggest screen in Britain.

The London Dungeon’s and London Tombs, just 60 seconds from London Bridge Station, use live actors, special effects and rides to take you on a gruesome journey into London’s dark past. Prepare to be frightened as you venture through blood dripping walls, skeletons and spiders!

The reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a fantastic experience for anyone visiting London, grab a hot cider or mulled wine on your way in as you travel back in time and enjoy the fresh air. Check the box office for current performances.

The Sea Life London Aquarium is the largest Aquaria in Europe, housing sharks, turtles, sea horses and even penguins, located on Westminster Bridge road.