Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened the doors to its newest hotel in London - Hilton London Bankside, unveiling a property inspired by brutalist architecture, raw industrial design and urban living.
Located just moments away from Shakespeare's famous Globe Theatre, the design-led hotel is the latest property to join the Hilton brand portfolio of more than 70 hotels across the UK & Ireland.
Set in the heart of Bankside, a short distance from Tate Modern, one of the world's most prestigious art galleries, Hilton London Bankside is home to 292 striking guest rooms, including 25 bespoke suites which offer breathtaking views of the city skyline.
The hotel also includes one beautiful penthouse apartment, which boasts its own private roof terrace, a 100 square metre entertainment area and views across London. In addition, the hotel brings a new neighbourhood eatery, OXBO Bankside to the area, alongside The Distillery, a cool and casual bar.
"Bankside is one of London's most vibrant areas, with an eclectic mix of culture, food, architecture and attractions," says Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide.
"With the city attracting around 30 million global visitors every year, we are delighted to be expanding our footprint in the city and look forward to putting Hilton London Bankside on the map as a key destination for travellers and Londoners alike."
Designed in partnership with Dexter Moran architects and Twenty2Degrees, each part of the hotel reflects the fascinating history and ambiance of the surrounding area, combining urban grittiness with an air of polished refinement.
References to the neighbouring Tate Modern can be seen in the lobby flooring, which evokes the famous Turbine Hall, and the surprising and thoughtful collection of art displayed throughout the property.
Striking bespoke lighting, exposed metal screens, bare brick work, reprocessed tube station tiles and bespoke joinery all feature, with furnishings inspired by the colours and prints of William Morris.
Sculptures by British artist, David Farrer, accentuate the interiors, while reclaimed ceilings and murals have been designed especially for the hotel's public spaces.
The hotel's restaurant, OXBO Bankside, located on the ground floor, is Bankside's newest neighbourhood eatery, offering a delicious all-day dining menu under the helm of executive chef, Paul Bates. OXBO Bankside is a relaxed space which includes an open kitchen with chefs cooking in front of guests, adding to the theatre of the restaurant. Beautiful bespoke lighting is another design feature of the restaurant, a theme that can be seen throughout the hotel.
The Distillery, the hotel's resident bar, is set to become the place to be seen in Bankside and mirrors the energy of the area. Designed as a buzzy meeting point for the local commercial area and residents of Bankside, The Distillery will serve 50 types of gins and its very own Distillery Beer on tap.
The hotel is the perfect setting for grand celebrations or corporate events with eight flexible meeting rooms and the Bankside Ballroom, an impressive pillar free room accessed by sweeping grand staircases. Complete with glittering chandeliers, a six metre high ceiling and state of the art technology, the Bankside Ballroom is an exciting new venue for the area, holding up to 700 guests.
After a long day of exploring the city, guests can relax and unwind in the hotel's state-of-the-art fitness facilities, take a dip in the onsite swimming pool or get papered in the hotel's treatment room.