South of the Thames, there’s a London waiting to be discovered. Borough Market, the Tate Modern and Southbank Centre are tourist staples, but move beyond these main attractions and you’ll off-the-beaten-path foodie destinations in Clapham and the lesser known Maltby Street Market, a fun bar scene in Peckham and Brixton and an innovative Theatre by way of Waterloo. The Mondrian, situated right on the water, is the ideal place to start your South London adventuring.

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The Mondrian

Turning his back on understated elegance, acclaimed designer Tom Dixon (of Habitat fame) has fashioned a dramatic and decadent vibe. The hotel takes inspiration from its position within the old Sea Containers building that overlooks the Thames. There’s a heavy lean on the narrative of the transatlantic voyage, its most obvious manifestation being the huge copper ‘hull’ that houses the reception desk and juts out into the street below. The seafaring theme extends to the restaurant; a model yellow submarine is suspended over the bar and the open-plan kitchen evokes the ‘engine room’ of a luxury liner. Come evening the Mondrian evokes the feel of a nightclub with its moody runway lighting and theatrical décor.

The Tommyfield

A traditional London pub with American diner touches, The Tommyfield also doubles as a small boutique hotel. With a total of six rooms, interiors feel slick, but not overly so. Each with their own unique character and charm, these cosy rooms are decked out with poster art tweed-patterned headboards and Scandi-style furnishings and feature either a super king or king-size bed. Rich teal green butcher tiles add a luxurious finish to bathrooms fitted, fitted with free-standing tubs.

Located in the heart of Kennington, The Tommyfield is a solid choice whether visiting London for business or pleasure. A 15-minute walk will take you to the sights of London’s Southbank and the River Thames.

The Lalit

On Tooley Street, The Lalit is placed at a tourist crossroads. Adjacent to Borough Market and the former home of George Orwell, don’t be too quick to dismiss it’s bustling location. Ideally located for riverside strolls, Southwark Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe are both within a short walking distance.

House in a Tudor-inspired red-brick building, The Lalit boasts soaring ceilings and expansive rooms. Bedrooms are extrovert in their design, with beautifully intricate headboards and burnt-orange upholstering provided an inviting and luxuriating ambiance.

Don’t skip out on dinner in the Baluchi restaurant, which promises a pungent meal served in the old great hall.

The Dixon

Design connoisseurs and city strollers, we’ve a hotel to pique your interest. Named after its Edwardian architect, John Dixon Butler, this century old, Grade II listed restoration has metamorphosed into a cool, contemporary hotel. Inside, guests are welcomed with all the millennial trappings you’d expect: exposed brickwork, copper tables and edgy curations from local artists. Perfectly pinned on SE1, a brief amble will take you to TATE Modern or the newly-opened Art Yard Bar & Kitchen (great for a pre-theatre bite).

The Mondrian

The Tommyfield

The Lalit

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